In the media’s view, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has a target on his back, and Wyoming’s Liz Cheney (R) is riding high. But a former Republican Party leader isn’t sure that South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is the rising national figure a major mainstream media outlet is making her out to be.
Last Thursday morning, MSNBS’s Joe Scarborough all but endorsed Liz Cheney for president:
“I just wonder if they’re not playing right into Liz Cheney’s hands ultimately by making her … the alternative for people like me and suburban voters in Atlanta and suburban voters in Maricopa County,” he said.
Curtis Houck of the Media Research Center (MRC) says it is actually a diversion from the real story.
“This obsession over Liz Cheney and her political future on CNN, MSNBC, and elsewhere has really taken ink and airtime from the Biden agenda, which I think if you asked a lot of progressives, they would rather have it that way,” Houck submits.
Meanwhile, the mainstream media has continued to harp on Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“Ron DeSantis is polished … well versed, and he connects with people in a way that Donald Trump would,” the MRC spokesman observes, “except DeSantis doesn’t have some of the drawbacks, to put it mildly, that Donald Trump might have.”
That, he says, is really the point; the media misses the salad days when they had Donald Trump to kick around.
“They’re flailing and they’re grasping at straws here because Donald Trump is not in office,” adds Houck.
Regarding South Dakota’s governor, a recent New York Times article, “Why Kristi Noem Is Rising Quickly as a Republican Prospect for 2024,” touted her rising popularity, from her support for Donald Trump to her refusal to shut down her state during the coronavirus pandemic. And as The Times pointed out, Noem finished second in a straw poll of conservatives looking for a GOP presidential candidate if Trump does not run again.
But the article also acknowledges Noem’s stumble in vetoing a bill that would have kept biological men from competing in women’s sports in her state, casting doubts among social conservatives about her 2024 potential.
Cathie Adams, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, says Noem’s veto was made for political reasons.
“She’s going after liberals for votes, the National Collegiate Athletic Association she was appeasing for basketball tournaments that they threatened to take out of her state,” Adams continues. “I think that is a very bad sign, because you’ve got to be able to stand up and do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.”
And Adams points out that Biden’s picking a female for VP is not reason enough for the GOP to have a woman on the ticket.
“We need the best-qualified people,” the conservative insists. “We need the people who are going to be doing the right thing for the right reasons, whether it be a man or a woman.”
Adams thinks the field is open, and she is not sure the impact of Noem’s veto is something conservative voters can get past.
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