Stephanie and Shakespeare

Former South Dakota Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin has been keeping a low public profile of late, although she is scheduled to serve as the emcee during the McGovern Day Dinner in Sioux Falls Saturday night.

SHS isn’t running for anything this year, and there’s a chance her name will never appear on a ballot again. However, she’s just 41 and a bright, ambitious person. I expect her to run for the House, Senate or governor at some point.

In the meantime, she is finding interesting ways to stay busy, from writing jokes for her introductions Saturday night to lobbying on Capitol Hill. SHS also has time for some classics blended with politics, history and, it appears, fun.

Last week, she took part in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s third “Shakespeare and the Law” panel discussion at the Sidney Harman Hall in D.C.

According to Roll Call reporter Neda Semnani, who titled her piece on the event “To Dream, Perchance to Lobby,” the theme was lobbying and money. It looked at “Shakespeare, Lobbying and Elizabethan England.”

The panel included Herseth Sandlin, now with the Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz lobbying and law firm, Nick Allard with the Patton Boggs lobbying and law firm, Michael Isikoff, the national investigative correspondent with NBC News, and Melanie Sloan with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

There were several other big names at the event: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presided, and Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Elena Kagan joined Ginsburg at the bench.

Not exactly shaking hands at the county fair and local grocery stores, which SHS has done for years. She may press the South Dakota flesh again, but for the Georgetown grad, this is a social and intellectual strata she enjoys.

2 thoughts on “Stephanie and Shakespeare

  1. If she never runs in SD again it would be a shame and I’m saying that as someone who never voted for her. Not against Janklow, the special, the general, Whalen, Lien or Noem. I am realizing that looking back on it if I had it to do over again she wasn’t all that bad and Noem hasn’t proven herself to be all that good.

  2. Noem would be lost in a conversation about Shakespeare and politics. SHS is admirable in her ability to engage as freely with such scholarly audiences as with voters on their front porches.

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