A Campaign of Ideas?
It's no secret that we here at FITS are huge fans of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. He's a great guy, a true taxpayer hero, and about the only Republican in elected office here in South Carolina that actually lives by the less government, lower taxes modus operandi his party is supposed to stand for.
Well ... the governor and "Mini-Mark," Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom, we guess.
On top of his fiscal conservatism and commitment to protecting the best interests of the taxpayer, Sanford has always been a positive campaigner as well, focusing almost exclusively on ideas and why he's got the right ones as opposed to slamming his opponents for having the wrong ones.
That's why it's been particularly discouraging to read the negative nonsense coming out of the governor's campaign office these past few weeks courtesy of campaign manager Jason Miller.
With a gargantuan fundraising advantage (3 to 1 over the rest of the field), sky-high approval ratings among GOP and independent voters and two totally inept, uninspiring Democratic campaigns arguing over whose wife donated the most money to different Republican officeholders, Sanford's office has about as much business attacking Tommy Moore right now as the United States has invading the Federated States of Micronesia.
Yet here we have the governor's campaign office lobbing the standard "so-and-so's a liberal, so-and-so supports a bloated budget, so-and-so voted to kill your tax relief," cookie-cutter political trash-talk that Sanford has made a name disavowing and avoiding at all costs - to his inestimable benefit, we might add.
Honestly, who's writing the governor's campaign garbage?
Sanford's campaign press releases are starting to sound a lot like what the partisan hacks up at the RNC put out every day against Nancy Pelosi, which has about as much relevance to the voters of South Carolina as the crap the South Carolina Republican Party spits out on a daily basis against John Spratt.
Somebody needs to put the GOP crack pipe down. This isn't Hillary Clinton, people. It's Tommy Moore. And check the mirror, dear writer, because chances are you're not Lee Atwater, either.
Aside from stylistic deficiencies too numerous to mention, the author of Sanford's campaign material is also having trouble distinguishing fact from fiction on little things, which doesn't bode well when you want reporters to take you at your word on big things. It turns out Moore didn't even take the big anti-tax relief vote he was accused of taking in Sanford's latest campaign release. Why? He wasn't even in the Senate Chamber at the time the amendment was offered.
But why is the Sanford campaign even putting itself in this ludicrous position against an opposing slate of nobodies? I mean seriously, you never saw Meadowlark Lemon and the Harlem Globetrotters play defense against the Washington Generals, did you? Why not let the Republican Goober-Goon Squad stay on Moore's case via J. Wordsworth Ragley and his daily dose of insider political diarrhea?
Sanford's campaign should be running on things the governor has done - fixing the DMV, small business tax relief, millions in savings from his landmark executive budgets, campaign finance reform, tort reform, charter schools ... as well as things the governor still wants to do - like further cutting the income tax, getting more school choice, restructuring government and capping spending growth to a reasonable level.
Let the political morons do their thing, governor. You, your office and your campaign have always been better than that.