Bless his heart, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC6) has the unfortunate affliction of speech. In a recent article in The State newspaper, the 73 year old, seven-term congressman claims there are “barriers” in South Carolina that prevent black candidates from winning statewide office;
One of them, he said, is the state law that requires a candidate to win 50 percent plus one of the votes cast in a primary election. Often, that requirement forces black candidates into runoff elections that are harder to win, he said.
Way to bury the lead there, Wall Street Journal. Forget various Democrats whining about where that sweet, sweet campaign contribution money is going: this is a bit more pressing.
[Dick] Harpootlian said he visited Joe Biden, the other most prominent potential 2016 contestant, in the White House about a month ago and told the vice president he would support him if he decides to run.
Senator Tim Scott must be infuriating to that section of the NAACP that’s taking orders from the (predominantly white) Democratic party leadership. After all… Tim Scott was enthusiastically voted into the state legislature by white South Carolinian voters, he was enthusiastically voted into the First Congressional District by white South Carolinian voters, and later this year he’ll be enthusiastically confirmed as Senator by white South Carolinian voters. And – this is the good bit – he’s done that and will continue to do so without any help whatsoever from the NAACP. Given that the existing message is that the only way for African-Americans to get ahead is to cleave utterly to the Democratic party (of which the NAACP is pretty much a subsidiary of these days), Senator Scott broadcasts a profoundly subversive message simply by existing.
Jim Geraghty did a perfectly acceptable job taking the Democrats to the woodshed for being blindsided in yesterday’s win in SC-01 (I will note, btw, that I in fact called it ahead of time), but I want to highlight this part:
It’s bad enough for the press to not know the district, but national Democrats don’t have that excuse. Today you’re hearing a lot of talk along the lines of, ‘oh, everyone knew this was a really conservative district and that Sanford would probably win.’ Well, you don’t spend more than $2 million ($1.2 million in donations to Colbert Busch, more than $929,000 on independent expenditures against Sanford) for a race you know you can’t win. Maybe this race really was unwinnable for Democrats, but this means that the DCCC and its allies have serious problems in assessing the terrain and determining which races ought to be prioritized.
Just saying. This should have gone to the Democrats; but, well, there’s that pesky albatross. May Nancy Pelosi stay House Minority Leader, well, forever.
PS: Almost forgot.
Mark Sanford, by a bit. This is frankly subjective, but I suspect that more people agree with me on this than let on: I’ve been reading a lot of ‘momentum swinging back to Sanford’ pieces by individuals and groups who aren’t particularly happy about that development. Generally you’d be expecting more triumphalist posts by Democrats at this point if they thought that Elizabeth Colbert Busch was a shoo-in. Or maybe even any.
This is a “If you put a gun to my head” kind of prediction, by the way: it’s hard to predict a special election result when there’s any kind of controversy and/or complication. Which is why we have elections. Anyway, I’d rather be the kind of person who will give an opinion when it means something even if it means being wrong every so often* than the kind who waits until the coast is clear and say I knew it all along. What’s the freaking use of that?
*“‘Every so often?’” “Hush, you.”
This is the most important point to note from PPP’s gulping report of a double-digit collapse of Elizabeth Colbert Busch’s chances in SC-01 (Mark Sanford went from -9 to +1 over Busch in two weeks, and the more Republican the likely voter electorate gets in the next two days, the better it looks for Sanford):
If SC-1 voters went to the polls on Tuesday and voted for the candidate they personally liked better, Colbert Busch would be the definite winner. That’s why Sanford’s campaign has tried to shift the focus toward national Democrats who are unpopular in the district, and that’s been a key in helping him to make this race competitive again. Nancy Pelosi has a 24/61 approval rating in SC-1 and although voters don’t like Sanford, they do like him better than Pelosi by a 53/37 margin. President Obama doesn’t fare a whole lot better in the district. His approval is 39/54, and voters say they have a higher opinion of Sanford than him by a 48/44 spread.
So, I was explaining to my wife Yeah, this is about the time in a South Carolina election cycle where you expect this sort of thing to surface; and she interrupted me with a There’s a formally-designated time when you release the campaign mug shots of a candidate? And I said If you actually have some? Sure: Sunday night before the election sounds about right. Because, obviously if they don’t have real photos then they save the fakes for the actual day of the election itself and blizzard the polling stations with them. Welcome to South Carolina: here’s your accordion.
Anyway, below is a… well, we don’t know what it is, except that it certainly will not be on the airwaves in any way, shape, or form. If you want to see it distributed, you’re just going to have to do it yourself.
A transcript cannot do this justice: suffice it to say that it features Elizabeth Colbert Busch, mugshots, Lizzie Borden, Kermit Gosnell, and Kermit T. Frog. Watching it will either rekindle your faith in American democracy, or destroy it completely; I see no real middle ground.
(H/T: Gateway Pundit)
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: The terrifying bit: it’ll probably move the needle for Mark Sanford a little. If only because GOP voters really, really don’t like the way that Kermit Gosnell murdered all those babies (and sometimes, their mothers).
Hot Air, on the news that racist bigot (and campaign contributor to Elizabeth Colbert Busch?) Dick Harpootlian is trying to get out of his recnet xenophobic remarks about SC governor Nikki Haley by pretending that of course he meant Lexington County (only, Dick couldn’t remember which one at the time) all along:
I realize that Harpootian has found himself in a bit of hot water, and people in such positions tend to scramble to find a way out. But as “explanations” go, this has to be one of the weakest we’ve seen in a while. But on the plus side, the next time somebody makes a comment about where President Obama “is from” we can all just turn around and say, “he was talking about Hawaii, dummy.”
Works for me. Hey, take it up with Dick Harpootlian. Better yet, take it up with Elizabeth Colbert Busch: find out whether she really takes filthy racist money from bigots.
Background: “South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian, a trial lawyer, longtime Democratic leader, and legendary figure in local politics, reportedly told a South Carolina Democratic Party dinner [Friday night*] that the Democratic challenger would send “Nikki Haley back to wherever the hell she came from.”” Harpootlian, of course, has a history of these kinds of remarks: (more…)