Heard in the Echo Chamber - Miller Time, Etc.
Just when we thought Gov. Mark Sanford's campaign manager Jason Miller couldn't be any dumber, we were treated to another doozy in State columnist Lee Bandy's Sunday morning evisceration of the SCGOP and its amatuer hour online attacks against Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tommy Moore.
After Bandy had thoroughly debunked the Republican Party's disco-themed anti-Moore website (and included Moore's brilliant, funny and high-road response to the site's cherry-picked charges), Miller piped up and took credit for his role in the B-grade shenanigans:
The Sanford campaign says it was not involved in creating the site, although Jason Miller, campaign director, said he coined the phrase, Moore, “a Columbia Insider since 1979.”
Wow. Congratulations, Jason. We've got a copy of the Smashing Pumpkins hit single "1979" off of the Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness CD as your door prize.
We're not sure what Miller and Sanford consultant-in-chief Jon Lerner have been "up to" lately, but it sure as hell hasn't been running an effective reelection campaign.
A year ago today, the governor's reelection was a universally-acknowledged formality - even among his harshest critics. Today, it's careening headlong into the "toss-up" category.
The governor's 2006 campaign has been a stumbling, bumbling case study in the same kind of inept, voter-alienating "politics as usual" tactics that Mark Sanford made a living eschewing four years ago. As a result, a "nothing" general election opponent has been elevated to legitimate contender status, and all the Sanford folks can talk about is how much money they've raised and how they're going to stay up on television through November.
Seems like we heard that one back in 2002 from a now ex-Governor.
It's game time, Mark. Your ideas desperately need you to come back.
HAPPY B-DAY TO THE "CUZ-WAY"
The Arthur Ravenel, Jr. bridge turns one year-old this weekend. Affectionately known by those in the loop as the "Cuz-Way" for its namesake's famous moniker, "Cousin Arthur," the Post and Courier ran an excellent front page article this morning by reporter Robert Behre on its first anniversary, which included the following excerpt:
Charleston and Mount Pleasant police have written 858 traffic tickets (on the bridge), including one in which a Mount Pleasant cop cited a motorist for going 105 mph.
FITS has learned that the motorist stopped was, oddly enough, not S.C. Lt. Governor Andre Bauer, although the city of Mount Pleasant suppressing police reports involving our state's second-highest elected official is a story that's bound to surface at some point.
NOT FOUR INCHES BUT ...
The National Federation of Independent Business, which for years had thrived in South Carolina as a positive force for change under the leadership of Michael Fields, recently announced the hiring of former SCGOP thumb-twiddler J.W. Ragley as its new State Director.
Talk about replacing a Great Dane with a Pomeranian.
Ragley is precisely the kind of partisan status quo insider blowhard that the NFIB didn't need to hire, unless of course its objective is to abandon its traditional support of job-creating tax cuts and start bending over for big-government RINO's like Hugh Leatherman and Bobby Harrell.
Bad dog, NFIB, bad dog.
PEOPLE WE LIKE
We get a little grief here at FITS every once in awhile from people who think we're too "tough" on certain folks. One reader even inquired the other day, "Is there anybody you do like?"
It's a good question, and one we felt compelled to answer.
In addition to liking everyone mentioned in R.E.M.'s "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" and Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire" songs (as well as our entire fantasy baseball roster, the staff at the Back Porch and the entire casts of Bull Durham and Jerry Maguire), let the record reflect that we find singer/songwriter Anna Nalick positively riveting.
Until next week ... be heard.