WITH DEMS LIKE THIS….I know that it’s tough to run as a Democrat in South Dakota, really I do. So when Stephanie Herseth voted in favor of the Federal Marriage Amendment this summer, I understood. Ditto when she went after (and received) the NRA’s endorsement by voting to lift the D.C. gun ban (Stephanie lives in a nicer neighborhood than I do…) But now she has vowed that, if elected, she would vote to return Bush to the White House if the whole thing ends in a tie and is thrown to the House of Representatives for resolution.

Come on. Yes, I know her justification is that the state will back Bush and she feels she should accurately reflect the will of her constituents. But there should be a limit to the things you’re willing to say in order to get elected. She’s been given the red carpet treatment by the Dem leadership so far because they want so desperately to keep that House seat. Comments like this, however, are not going over well with the Daschle alums I’ve talked to and may make for a lonely first term in office if she wins. Some of my friends have worked their tails off to get her into office twice in six months, and anyone who cares about the Democrats’ chances of taking back the House is pulling for Herseth, but this isn’t exactly the stuff that warms Dems’ hearts in the days before a national election.

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Amy Sullivan is a Chicago-based journalist who has written about religion, politics, and culture as a senior editor for Time, National Journal, and Yahoo. She was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2004 to 2006.