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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
On a Friday evening in January, a thousand people at the annual California Native Plant Society conference in San Jose settled down to a banquet and a keynote speech delivered by an environmental historian named Jared Farmer. His chosen topic was the eucalyptus tree and its role in California’s ecology and history. The address did not go well. Eucalyptus is not a native plant but a Victorian import from Australia. In the eyes of those gathered at the San Jose DoubleTree, it qualified as “invasive,” “exotic,” “alien” — all dirty words to this crowd, who were therefore convinced that the tree was dangerously combustible, unfriendly to birds, and excessively greedy in competing for water with honest native species.
In his speech, Farmer dutifully highlighted these ugly attributes, but also quoted a few more positive remarks made by others over the years. This was a reckless move. A reference to the tree as “indigenously Californian” elicited an abusive roar, as did an observation that without the aromatic import, the state would be like a “home without its mother.” Thereafter, the mild-mannered speaker was continually interrupted by boos, groans, and exasperated gasps. Only when he mentioned the longhorn beetle, a species imported (illegally) from Australia during the 1990s with the specific aim of killing the eucalyptus, did he earn a resounding cheer.
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 tourism company in Australia announced a service that will allow users to take the “world’s biggest selfies,” and a Texas man accidentally killed himself while trying to pose for a selfie with a handgun.
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