Last week, I wrote a story about comments that Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin made in response to a question about her relationship with Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Specifically, I was intrigued by one extended comment, which I quoted in the story:
“I would describe our relationship as, uh … uh …” Herseth Sandlin said, before emitting what sounded like a half-laugh, half-sigh and finally breaking an 11-second interlude with this: “… one in which she has, uh, I think she would respect, uh, my decision-making process and, uh, one in which she probably acknowledges that I have some disappointment on how this process has unfolded.”
The comment was made during a regularly scheduled conference call with reporters. As far as I’ve seen, I was the only one of the dozen or more reporters on the call who wrote about the Pelosi comments. That surprised me, given that the comments stood out so glaringly from what otherwise was a pretty routine call.
Rapid City Journal reporter Kevin Woster, who asked the question about Pelosi, has now weighed in on the comment with a post on the Journal’s Mount Blogmore. Here’s an excerpt:
Let me translate: She’s frustrated with Pelosi and a health reform process in the House that locked out those who tried to modify – or moderate – it and those who represented concerns in their home states, such as South Dakota.
Additionally, the Blake Curd campaign has made a new video using the audio from Herseth Sandlin’s Pelosi comments. You can view that video below.