Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Old RINO's Die Hard

We get a lot of grief for calling people RINO's (Republicans In Name Only) here at FITS. Hell, Gervais S. Bridges made a cottage industry out of rebuking our RINO pronouncements.

That's why it gave us some measure of satisfaction to see one of the State Senate's RINO kingpins, J. Verne Smith, announce his endorsement of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tommy Moore yesterday.

Flanked by Moore and former Democratic governor Dick Riley, Smith is apparently still upset at Gov. Mark Sanford for bringing pigs into the State House two-and-a-half years ago.

Of course, Sanford's campaign flunkie Jason Miller flubbed this one completely (what's new) by going to the hard offensive against Smith, a sick, old, used-up, shadow of a man who announced his retirement months ago.

Instead of saying something like "we have disagreed with Sen. Smith many times in the past on cutting taxes, reducing spending and streamlining state government, but we respect his opinion and his right to engage the process," Miller instead played the cards Katon Dawson should be playing and tried his best to resemble a hatchet man.

Katon's quote?

"We'll move on from this and win this election."

Sounds an awful lot like the tepid support Dawson gave GOP Treasurer nominee Thomas Ravenel when the latter was attacked by a much more formidable RINO media whore, "Seersucker Kingfish" John Rainey.

This stuff isn't rocket science, people. The job of the party chairman is to "let slip the dogs of war" when any of his party's statewide nominees are attacked, thus enabling the candidates to stay above the fray and remain focused on their core messages.

So far, Katon's "dogs of war" look like a bunch of malnourished Yorkies.

Fortunately for Sanford, Smith's endorsement isn't likely to make "a nickel's worth" of difference in a race that all polls agree is the governor's to lose, which is all the more reason his chief campaign boob should have known how to handle the situation.

Seriously, J-Mo, you've got a double-digit lead in the polls. Act like it.

Miller reminds us a lot of the guy in that new Dick Vermeil Coors Light Commercial, you know, the one who is "freaking out" over the Beer's new "Silver Ticket Promotion."

"You have to learn to handle it, okay?" Vermeil tells him. "You have to learn to handle your own intensity."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a quote from Smith which the Sanford campaign should have picked up on to use in its response:

"He's the best candidate since Dick Riley" ran and was elected in 1978."

Did ole Verne forget about Carroll Campbell? This obvious omission shows Smith's true party allegiance and should be hammered home to upstate Republicans.

10:52 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This election season is a classic case study of when Republicans may turn to Cannibalism for fun or profit…the political kind, of course. Apparently there have been a whole truckload of Republicans who have had to suppress their cravings to munch on their own for more than a few years in our state.

Unfortunately, while you would expect our carnivorous cousins, the Democrats, to feed on slow or wounded Carolina Republicans, no one could have predicted the feeding frenzy that is apparently on the menu prior to Novembers election day.

What other high level REPUBLICANS will emerge from the closet and throw their support to Tommy Moore?

It’s a well known fact that during election cycles most politicians screw the opposite party other for population regulation, dominance, and reproductive advantage, but until recently, screwing or eating fellow Republicans for fun seems to be less common.

Am I seeing this all wrong?

12:37 PM

Blogger SCPolitico said...


U R being a little rough on our friend JM R you not? I hear he's been working out...

12:37 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand the Rainey seersucker comments, but come on man. Did anyone wear more seersucker than J. Verne? That was a LOT of seersucker.. Even more than Herbkersman, which is a feat.

3:57 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

slickster- did you learn how to handle your own intensity in all those anger management meetings your ho ash made you attend????

3:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


3:59 PM

Blogger Martin Guerre said...

Opps...typo time! Should read...

It’s a well known fact that during election cycles most politicians screw the opposite party for population regulation, dominance, and reproductive advantage, but until recently, screwing or eating fellow Republicans for fun seems to be less common.

Ohhh...that feels mucho better.

Happy Birthday Will!

8:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So when is Cyndi Mosteller going to corner Verne aobut his heretical association with Wesleyans?

10:11 PM

Anonymous Statesman said...

These RINO's you refer to are the only reason the Republican party is in power now in SC. These former Dems switched parties or ran as Republicans only because they thought that was the only way they would get elected. They may have tried to tow the party line but as true servants of the people they can't supress their need to do what is right for their constituencies.
As a Democrat who was a Republican in the early 80's, I did not like the attack dog politics and party first policy of the Republicans. I detested those party switchers then as much as Republicans hate them now. Those switchers gave the Republicans majorities in both Houses. Now the Republican party is eating up those that gave them the majority. I think it is funny to see them chastised now instead of standing by their morals and risking defeat back in the 90's.

10:27 PM

Anonymous myopic sniper said...

What's all this got to do with the origami donkey with a big nose hair that sticks straight up?

8:05 AM


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