In defense of Joel Dykstra

Never thought I would defend Joel, I didn’t vote for him, and I disagree almost a 100% on what he stands for on the issues, but I do agree that Johnson bailing out on the KELO-TV forum tonight is complete B.S.

It wasn’t a debate, so I am not sure why Johnson would bail on it. He says he had to leave town for a meeting on Thursday? What?! Uh, hey Tim, tommorow is Wednesday. Ever heard of an airplane?

I know the tactic Johnson is playing; Joel is a nobody (that’s for sure) and the less I talk about him, the more I benefit. And he is right, Johnson is leading in the polls.

Pretty crazy considering he won’t talk to the press. I hope Johnson remembers his roots before he serves again, but I doubt he will.

Hopefully President Obama can set him straight.


#1 Anon on 10.21.08 at 5:14 pm

Johnson has no intention of serving his entire term once he is re-elected. He is hoping a Dem will be elected Governor in 2010. at which time he will resign and a Dem Gov will appoint a Dem Senator.

Maybe the liberals are right about South Dakota. We are a bunch of stupid hicks. We are proving it by re-electing this man because we feel sorry for him.

We are being screwed. And we get what we deserve.

#2 NotPatPowers on 10.21.08 at 6:13 pm

Is this satire or what? Seriously, Tim Johnson’s heading to DC to do the job he was elected to do, working on extremely important matters pertaining to our economy, and he’s supposed to stop everything to appear with a complete loser like Joel Dykstra? And if he DID do that, what would it say about his priorities?

#3 l3wis on 10.21.08 at 8:49 pm

This isn’t about Joel vs. Tim or Republican vs. Democrat, heck, it ain’t even about the issues. This is about acting like our elected official and fair campaigning. Tim agreed to the interview on the highest rated TV news station in SD and backed out the last minute because of a meeting that is 48 hours away. Call me a hypocrite, but this trend of his is getting old, very old. It is disappointing, that is all I am saying.

#4 Xiao Xi on 10.22.08 at 12:39 am

Why would you call you a hypocrite? You’re not going contrary to your beliefs.

I would call you naive at best and ignorant at worst in this situation.

Tim Johnson is known for his tendency to read available literature on the subject, and on the subject of banking and market derivatives, things just got more complicated really quickly. Considering that he is the #2 guy on the Senate and the Gramm-Leach act which caused this crisis must now be reviewed and many different nations are now passing different stimulus plans that need to be studied, I would say it’s far more important that Tim Johnson is in Washington meeting not only with his fellow Senators, but questioning the likes of Rubin and Greenspan (which he’ll do, since the Senate hearing on the derivative markets is this week, I believe) about the current crisis than here arguing for the 5000th time about something as inane as abortion.

#5 Raymond Smalley on 10.22.08 at 12:51 am

Dear South DaCola,

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#6 l3wis on 10.22.08 at 6:17 am


I agree with you a 100%. Johnson should be at that meeting and has been instrumental in this economic crisis. That isn’t what this post is about. It is about our senior senator being a man of his word. He continues to back out after he already has agreed to doing interviews. I can’t understand why he doesn’t have 30 minutes to spare two days before he is required to be in Washington? It is a tactic – that’s it.

Like I told you before, I voted for Johnson already and I disagree with Dykstra on almost every issue. But this isn’t about Dykstra – this is about you and me and informing voters why we should keep Johnson in Washington, Apparently he believes he doesn’t have to talk to the local media anymore and I think his attitude is very Washington Elitist – something we can do without.

#7 Ghost of Dude on 10.22.08 at 6:51 am

I don’t think I’ll be able to vote for zombie Johnson. The man should be celebrated for his service to our state and nation, congratulated on a great career in the house and senate, and should retire.
I’m not crazy about Mr. Dykstra, but at least he’ll show up when he says he will.

#8 l3wis on 10.22.08 at 6:54 am

and he shaved his pervert mustache for us before he started running for senate.

#9 Ghost of Dude on 10.22.08 at 8:00 am

He should get a few votes just for that.

#10 Xiao Xi on 10.22.08 at 9:11 am

I think if the Argus Leader and KELO land were truly interested in the stands of Senator Johnson, it is certainly possible to get his views from either his surrogates or to send someone to follow him to Washington. I think neither organizations are really victims here, and excuse me if I don’t see them as such.

THe bottom line is this – you can get basic info from the surrogates, but you can’t participate in actual workings of the Senate through them. Canceling on KELOland is unfortunate, and I’m sure if all the nations of Europe did not choose this week to exercise their bailouts, the situation would be different. On the scale of importance, though, I think KELOland is quite a bit down on the list.

And I would totally vote for anyone with a good mustache. We don’t have enough of those in the Senate.

#11 l3wis on 10.22.08 at 11:09 am

How about back hair?