Republican Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, has done some real good in her State. And she’s been praised by conservatives for it. She is the next great ideological conservative, next to Florida Governor DeSantis.
But true conservatism is all about consistency and ideals, not necessarily pragmatism. It’s certainly not about the perception of whether one can win or not – and if not, than don’t even try. It’s about doing what is right, because it’s right.
It’s about signing the State’s Transgender Sports Bill because you know it’s the right thing to do, regardless of real or imagined backlash. It’s about serving the people of South Dakota.
So now the conservative jury must reconvene and take a longer look at Governor Noem as being the next great conservative.
I have to admit – I’m disappointed by her decision.
from the Federalist:
Kristi Noem’s Advisors Include Corporate Interests Who Pushed Veto On Transgender Sports Bill
South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem issued a “style and form” veto of a transgender sports bill Friday sending legislation which would have barred biological males from competition in female leagues back to the statehouse with revisions.
Noem’s demanded changes however, gutted the bill by eliminating its application to institutions of higher education and eliminating avenues for girls in K-12 schools to seek legal remedies when harmed by the inclusion of biological males in their leagues.
The move by the South Dakota governor, who made a national name for herself over refusal to implement statewide lockdowns, came at the behest of corporate interests who pressured Noem to reject the bill she had claimed she was “excited” to sign on the day it was passed. The South Dakota Chamber of Commerce, along with other powerful business groups, launched a lobbying campaign to prevent Noem from putting her signature on the bill for fear the state would suffer an economic backlash from woke corporatists who protest what surveys show is a popular common-sense law.
Noem defended her move on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Monday, claiming the bill as written would have provoked a flood of unwinnable litigation by the NCAA against the state, despite similar legislation passed in Idaho and Mississippi.
“I’ve been bullied for the last year by liberals,” Noem said, then framed herself as a victim of conservatives critical of the governor’s political theater to appease corporate groups. “I’m not going to let anybody from the NCAA, from any big business, I’m not even gonna let conservatives on the right bully me.”