South Carolina

Alvin Greene speaks!

Alvin Greene speaks!

In his first campaign appearance, South Carolina’s surprising U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene avoided any major gaffes Sunday as he hit his three major themes of jobs, education and justice. The speech started off with a joke and ended with Greene timidly waving, a shy smile spreading across his face as he got a standing […]

Inglis: Demagoguery destroying GOP

Inglis: Demagoguery destroying GOP

Too many Republican leaders are acquiescing to a poisonous “demagoguery” that threatens the party’s long-term credibility, says a veteran GOP House member who was defeated in South Carolina’s primary last month. While not naming names, 12-year incumbent Rep. Bob Inglis suggested in interviews with The Associated Press that tea party favorites such as former vice […]

Palin won’t just fade away

Palin won’t just fade away

Sarah Palin isn’t going to fade away. Someone else in her position might have. Two years after the vice presidential nomination made her a star, the 2008 campaign is fading in memory. She’s not even Alaska’s governor anymore; she abruptly resigned that post a year ago. But she’s evolved into an enduring political personality writ […]

The Rise and Fall of Sarah

The good news is that her 15 minutes of fame is finally coming to an end. The bad news is that her 15 minutes of fame is finally coming to an end. Even Billo found her to be ignorant, incomprehensible, and ineffably foolish. Of late, Wassilly Sarah has been doing more to energize the Democrats and the independent voters than anything our DNC, DSCC, DCCC or our White House could do. Oh, well. We knew it would not last.

Primary results showcase 2010 themes

Primary results showcase 2010 themes

South Carolina Republicans nominated a tea party-backed Indian-American woman to run for governor and a conservative black man to run for Congress from the former Confederate state. Another incumbent congressman lost. So did a Senate hopeful chosen by Washington Democrats. Themes of the November midterm elections popped up in the handful of primaries and runoffs […]

Tea Party split over Utah Senate race

Tea Party split over Utah Senate race

Utah tea party supporters united in May to achieve one goal: defeat three-term U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett at the Republican state convention. They succeeded in that, but settling on his successor has proved harder. Illustrating how fractured the tea party movement is in Utah, one of the founders of the state’s tea party movement, David […]

Tea Party fruitcakes: This is change?

Tea Party fruitcakes: This is change?

The Tea Party’s performance in Tuesday’s round of primaries was — at best — a mixed bag. TP struck out in Virginia, where three candidates lost out to the establishment. Their anointed pick for governor in South Carolina faces a runoff amid charges she sleeps around and their pick to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry […]

Unknown South Carolina Democratic Senate nominee faces felony charge

Unknown South Carolina Democratic Senate nominee faces felony charge

How did a 32-year-old unemployed vet who lives with his parents and who faces a felony charge end up the Democratic nominee for Senate in South Carolina? That’s a question vexing political professionals in the Palmetto state and one that has some smelling a Republican rat in the primary process that saw Alvin Greene, a […]

Primaries showcase fall political themes

Primaries showcase fall political themes

The subplots abounded Tuesday night: Antipathy toward elected officials and the establishment. The power of special interests. Tests of party purity. The tea party. The quixotic fight against hyper-partisanship. Each of these narratives, any one of them a powerful story line on its own, came together on the busiest day of the primary season, a […]

South Carolina pol claims ‘Raghead’ slur was a joke

South Carolina pol claims ‘Raghead’ slur was a joke

A South Carolina Republican state Senator called the President of the United States a ‘raghead’ and used the same slur against a candidate for that state’s governor but now claims the whole thing was just a joke. Sen. Jake Knotts apologized for the slurs and said they were meant ‘in jest.” Knotts, appearing on “Pub […]