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South Carolina GOP campaign percolating nicely
I just posted an item in which I wrote that I thought it would be tough for Mitt Romney to replicate his success in Michigan to win the South Carolina primary. Drew McKissick, a consultant for Romney in South Carolina, argues the contrary in a post at a website he created called Christian Conservatives for Romney. “Take a look at the exit polls,” he writes…
Among self-identified “Born-again/Evangelical” voters, Romney won 34%, Huckabee 29% and McCain 23%. In other words, Romney out-polled Huckabee among the very conservative group Huckabee’s been counting on so far, proving that this group cannot be pigeon holed as being resistant to Romney on the religion question… So what does this tell us? It demonstrates that Romney’s the most acceptable to all types of conservatives within the party and, if those conservatives unite behind his candidacy, we can achieve what most conservatives agree on–stopping John McCain.
McKissick says conservatives need to keep a few things in mind about McCain, among them that he is the “candidate of amnesty for illegal aliens” and “supports legislation to grant due-process rights to terrorists.”
Yes, I’d say that South Carolina, never known for its genteel politics, is about to get a lot nastier with the G.O.P. primary set for Saturday. McCain, whose chief consultant in the state is Richard Quinn, not exactly a shrinking violet himself, probably won’t be shy about hitting back.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:
The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.
Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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