Heard in the Echo Chamber - Poll Position?
For those of you who don't follow thoroughbred racing, the picture at left is the legendary Secretariat cruising to immortality in the 1973 Belmont Stakes - not only winning the Triple Crown but setting a world record for the mile-and-a-half (one that still stands today) and beating his nearest opponent by 31 lengths - the largest victory margin in American stakes racing history.
Many consider Secretariat's win to be the most dominanting performance in all of sports history.
It's unlikely any political victory in South Carolina's June 13 primary election is going to be quite as convincing, but some political consultants are trying to make you think that at least one of them is.
According to sources who spoke with FITS on the condition of anonymity, a new poll conducted for RINO consultant Warren Tompkins shows Gov. Mark Sanford leading Dr. Oscar Lovelace by a margin of 73-16 (with 11% undecided) in the GOP gubernatorial primary.
While those numbers are consistent with Sanford's recently-reported 62% approval rating among all voters and his 20-point head-to-head lead in a general election over either Democratic challenger, FITS is understandably suspicious.
Everybody knows Tompkins loathes Sanford, so why would he leak information favorable to the governor's campaign? And why would he not release the poll results from other races - like Superintendent of Education and State Treasurer - in which he has big-dollar candidates in the running?
For its part, Team Sanford has been good at minimizing expectations, allowing Lovelace supporters to raise the bar in the hopes that a big Sanford win will exceed pundit projections and make the governor look stronger headed into a matchup against either Tommy Moore or Frank Willis.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
House Majority Leader Jimmy Merrill certainly takes the cake for his "Oompa Loompa steps" comment on the property tax debate to Post and Courier reporter John Frank, but a strong second-place showing goes to a very well-read blogger who assessed the performance of Superintendent of Education candidate Karen Floyd in her three TV commercials:
"She looks like somebody stuck a horse tranquilizer in her butt before they started taping," our anonymous blogger friend said of Floyd's slightly less-than-gripping ads.
All FITS can say is we're sure there are a number of men out there who would be happy to volunteer for that campaign assignment, and as much as Floyd's ads do fail to capture her good looks and remarkable presence on the stump, it could have been worse.
It could have been a Bob Staton RINO tranquilizer.
KEEP THE (UPSTATE) BEAT
FITS has learned that our own part-time contributor Sic Willie will be featured in next week's edition of "Upstate Beat," a biweekly, Greenville-based alternative news publication covering four Upstate counties.
In a far-ranging, discussion-style interview with publisher James Shannon, Willie offers his thoughts on the upcoming 2006 elections, life after the glare of the governor's office and his upcoming book on South Carolina politics ... as well as some other surprises.
No word yet on when the RINO goober machine over at Tompkins, Thomson and Whatever plans on threatening "Upstate Beat" with advertising blackmail the same way they threatened the Andy Thomas Radio Show last week in the wake of Willie's twice-weekly appearances on that program.
THE QUEEN IS (NOT) DEAD
After leaving a curious picture of a married couple and a horse posted on her website for over a week, FITS was happy to see the Queen of the S.C. Blogosphere back and at the top of her game this week, cutting through the bull propogated by those blowhards over at Starboard Communications like a hot knife through butta'.
The Queen's string, incidentally, was continued with this Sunday's excellent feature on Democrat Lite Guv hopeful Robert Barber.
Welcome back, Laurin. It's your world. The rest of us in the blogosphere are just payin' rent.
HONKY TONK BADONKADONK
After the rousing success of FITS' collaboration with ZZ Top on the "Top 20 Legs at the State House" post, the Stiletto Mafia is pleased to announce that it has entered into a contractual agreement with Seattle-based rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot to rank the Top 15 "Babes Wit' Back" in South Carolina politics.
And just when you thought you'd made it through the legislative session "unmolested" ...