Echo Chamber - FITS Endorsement Edition
With Tears for Fears "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" on the stereo and a vintage Pinot Grigio in our glasses, the FITS girls gathered in Charleston this weekend for our bi-annual primary endorsement party.
Having already addressed the GOP Treasurer's race in a previous post, here are the balance of our recommendations for this Tuesday's Republican Primary elections, so sit back relax and strap on your seatbelts:
Governor - Mark Sanford
South Carolina needs eight more Mark Sanford's for each constitutional office and 170 more Mark Sanford's in the General Assembly. If we had them, you'd see job-creating tax cuts, streamlined government, a cap on spending and market-based education choices that would rescue kids as well as improve our public schools. The governor can't do it all by himself (obviously), but give him two election cycles to remove chunks of entrenched institutional opposition and South Carolina might actually start moving forward for a change.
Lt. Governor - Mike Campbell
He may not look like Don Johnson in his ads, but at least he's not lying about his record and inventing accomplishments in an effort to manipulate voters a la Andre Bauer. Campbell would be a voice for reform and an ally of the governor where Bauer has been a voice for the status quo and a roadblock to long overdue structural change in state government.
Superintendent of Education - Karen Floyd
If you want South Carolina to remain dead last in the nation in graduation rates and SAT scores, with one out of every four schools still classified as failing or below average despite billions in new tax dollars having been shoveled into our monopolistic status quo, then by all means vote for Bob Staton. If you want somebody to stop pandering to the system and start fighting for the best interests of each individual child for a change, Karen's your candidate.
Secretary of State - Bill McKown
True, there are dental hygienists who have more responsibility than our Secretary of State, but at least McKown supports changing that and letting the governor pick the position as part of his Cabinet. Incumbent Mark Hammond (a.k.a. "The Bean") opposes restructuring and went native after his election faster than Crocodile Dundee in a New York Subway.
Secretary of Agriculture - Hugh Weathers
Another position that has about as much business being independently-elected as Senate Chaplain, Weathers has nonetheless earned another term after being named to the post by the governor in the wake of Charlie Sharpe's cockfighting indictment. We'd like to see a little more from Weathers in terms of his support for this position being appointed, but we'll take the devil we know over the devil we don't.
Republican Party Chairman - Anybody But Katon Dawson
Whoa ... here's a surprise. And no, Katon isn't actually on the ballot. But it's time people stopped dancing around the obvious and admitted that the SCGOP has turned into a bad joke, a party that pretends to embrace Reagan Republicans like Sanford who fight for limited government, lower taxes and more choices for parents while at the same time throwing their real support toward big-spending RINOs like Bobby Harrell and Hugh Leatherman whose penchant for separating you from your tax dollars would make Ted Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi blush.
Plus, the SCGOP has been man-handled on the message front by Lachlan McIntosh and the Democrats, answering the SCDP's well-wagered political missives with penny-ante press releases about party attendance and financial disclosures.
So you sold out all the tables the Silver Elephant dinner? Got more money on hand than the Dems?
Well whoop-tee-do and la-tee-da, fellas. You're in a friggin' Republican state for crying out loud. That's like saying Luther Vandross sold out the Apollo, or "Beaches" was a popular movie amongst females.
With all due respect, unless the SCGOP takes its trunk out of its a-- and starts fighting for the limited government principles on which the Republican Party was founded, we should look forward to a slew of additional DEERS (Democrats Entering Elections as Republicans) stampeding over the Reagan legacy in primary years to come.