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.
"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."