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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
Discussed in this essay:
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert. Henry Holt. 352 pages. $28.
The extinction symbol is a spare graphic that began to appear on London walls and sidewalks a couple of years ago. It has since become popular enough as an emblem of protest that people display it at environmental rallies. Others tattoo it on their arms. The symbol consists of two triangles inscribed within a circle, like so:
“The triangles represent an hourglass; the circle represents Earth; the symbol as a whole represents, according to a popular Twitter feed devoted to its dissemination (@extinctsymbol, 19.2K followers), “the rapidly accelerating collapse of global biodiversity” — what scientists refer to alternately as the Holocene extinction, the Anthropocene extinction, and (with somewhat more circumspection) the sixth mass extinction.
Ratio of husbands who say they fell in love with their spouse at first sight to wives who say this:
Mathematicians announced the discovery of the perfect method of cutting a cake.
Indian prime-ministerial contender Narendra Modi, who advertises his bachelorhood as a mark of his incorruptibility, confessed to having a wife.
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Science’s crisis of faith