After today's anticipated concession in Spartanburg, life begins again for Karen Floyd.
More than a few readers have commented on the fact that we have yet to follow through on our promised post-election "K-Flo" blog, which is true.
We'll be doing so, but there are a lot of mixed emotions on this one.
On the one hand, we're incredibly sad to see Karen lose. Jim Rex, for all his polish and sway, amounts to little more than a continuation of the failed "Tenenbaum Doctrine" of throwing more money and more government programs at our ever-worsening public schools.
On the other hand, Karen disappointed us, too. Sure, the vast majority of the blame for this shocking loss (as we will get into later) rests with bad advisors, misapplied support resources and a totally incompetent Republican Party, but the candidate isn't entirely exempt, either.
For now, though, we hope Karen will use today's concession in the closest statewide race in South Carolina history as a springboard, not a surrender.