Thursday, August 10, 2006

T-Rav "Rolls" Rainey in Letter

John McCain may have the "Straight Talk Express," but it's becoming abundantly clear that the straightest talker in South Carolina politics right now is none other than GOP Treasurer nominee Thomas Ravenel.

In a blistering letter posted this morning to the SC Hotline website, Ravenel pulled no punches in responding to attacks leveled against him by so-called Republican powerbroker John Rainey, calling the BEA chief out for his consistent opposition to Republican ideas like tax cuts and choice in the education marketplace and including for his perusal a copy of the book, Economics for Dummies.

Unapologetically dispensing with the conventional political wisdom that would have had him strike a conciliatory note in responding to the liberal Rainey, Ravenel instead put Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" in the tapedeck and set the speakers to full blast.

The letter, dated August 7, also included a compelling indictment of the abysmal performance of incumbent Democrat Treasurer Grady Patterson, specifically citing South Carolina's 70% below average return on our state investment plan.

"If Mr. Patterson’s returns had merely achieved mediocrity during this time, our retirement system would have an extra $5 billion," Ravenel says.

To read a copy of Ravenel's letter to Rainey in its entirety, click here.

Now, would we here at FITS have advised T-Rav to send this letter? Probably not.

Of course we wouldn't have advised him to tell a reporter "that's how Thomas Ravenel rolls," either, but that little comment seems to have worked out pretty well for him among the GOP netroots.

Like his father, Cousin Arthur, shooting from the hip Bullworth-style is something that just seems to be in Ravenel's blood - and given the disinterested, disaffected, anti-incumbent, anti-politician mood of the electorate, it may not be an entirely bad strategy.

For his part Rainey, who is used to being coddled and having his ring kissed by every Republican who runs for office in South Carolina, is probably positively stewing at the moment.

Consumed with his public image and obsessively protective of his status as a "GOP heavyweight," FITS has learned that the currently Colorado-based "Seersucker Kingfish" practically blew a gasket when he read our little blog about him on Sunday.

Oh well ... like T-Rav said, "That's just how FITS rolls."


Anonymous west_rhino said...

RE Sunday's "what's a RINO to do but charge?"

If he's got the performance that T-Rav is dissing, like the obdurate G-Pat, he can't charge---- CARD DECLINED! Must pay cash like a Dem's operative with the street money

1:34 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


You are advising him and everyone knows it.

2:44 PM

Blogger SCPolitico said...

Will, this is T-Rav, he will not only get away with it but it might just earn him some media du jour the flavor of which will not matter.

It just does not get much better than this, gotta run home and set my TIVO, order a pizza.

2:57 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We love when you compliment your own ghostwriting, Will!

7:19 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice that the first sentence of T-Rav's letter is a comma splice? That's two sentences, spliced together with a comma when they should be separated with a period. Maybe we should send him "Grammar for Dummies!"

12:58 AM

Blogger The Blue South said...

The "educational marketplace" ? Do you have any idea what that means? Capitalism is a fine thing when applied to economics, but you are committing a dire category mistake if you think its principles are in any way applicable to a robust educational system.

Capitalism does not work for the good of society as a whole unless there is some semblance of a level playing field. Education is a MAJOR factor in creating such conditions and socialized (yeah, I called it what it is) education for all citizens is one of the few differences between the U.S. and many of the great fallen hegemonic civilizations.

If you think for one hot minute that subjecting our schools to market forces is a good thing then you're just plain wrong. Look at the effect of the free market on our schools now: we have no centralized funding scheme, so poorer counties that do not have a rich tax base have exponentially less money to put into their schools. The result is that kids unfortunate enough to live in those areas receive an inadequate education and continue on in their cycle of poverty. All the Sanford plan would do is allow a select few to buy themselves out of our sub-par schools instead of addressing the problem at the root and providing adequate funding for all schools.

8:45 AM

Anonymous veritas said...

Oh Sic Willie, Sic Willie. For someone who thinks he knows so much about SC Politics you are totally missing the boat on this one. T-Rav CAN'T say that he is not running against Lindsey now - not with all the national Club for Growth people and other conservative groups counting on the threat of his candidacy to keep Lindsey honest on their issues. Lindsey can't follow the beat of his Hillary Clinton heart and veer even further to the left as long as there is the threat of Thomas Ravenel running against him in 2008. For example just look at SC Club for Growth's Joshua Gross praising Lindsey the other day for flipping on immigration and now supporting a border fence. No way that happens unless the T-Rav factor is still there, but as soon as T-Rav comes out and says he is not running against Lindsey, he will flip right back and as a result New York picks up another liberal Senate seat while SC loses a moderate one.

You know Willie if you start listening we may learn you something yet

9:50 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


You are advising him and everyone knows it."

He he, is there anyone who doesn't believe Will posted this himself?

10:31 AM

Blogger faithinsound said...


We're sure everyone probably believes Will Folks posted that "you are advising" comment ... in fact, the only two people who probably don't believe that are Will Folks and whoever it was who posted it.

"Veritas," you raise an interesting point. Our question is this - are you a conservative who thinks your theory is a positive dynamic or are you - like the liberal University that bears your screen name (Latin for "truth") as its motto - a Democrat who would prefer Lindsey be following what you describe as his "Hillary heart?"


11:28 AM

Anonymous veritas said...

FITS- That is for us to know and for you to never find out. "If you were sharp, you'd know what to play." That is your only hint.

Ve Ri Tas

1:30 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

T-Rav gets a lot of advice and listens, more advise than he wants I am certain but at the end of the day he does what he thinks is the right thing to do. Well he did it again and was right to do so.

In short he is not going to let someone knife him and not knife back. T-Rav is a fighter and he will do the same for the tax payers of South Carolina, he will get the job done!


7:28 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's Sanford's word on T-Rav's latest chess move?

12:12 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

T-Rav makes comments like "Poke Baryl Spedeing" and "Five Headed Monsters". T-Rav ain't got a clue how to be a Constitional Officer. I can't vote for old T-Rav because he speaks a foreign language that I can find a translator for.

2:17 PM


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