An NPR article on S. Carolina talked about the dirty tricks played in GOP primaries there. It's so sleazy, and no one seems to be embarrassed by it. I suppose they excuse it with "Well, the founding fathers did it," which is true. The founding fathers didn't bathe a whole lot either, so should we emulate that?
One of the reasons this trickery goes on in S. Carolina is that after Iowa and N. Hampshire it can be a make or break state for GOOP, I mean, GOP, candidates. One Rod Shealy of S. Carolina said in the NPR article, seemingly with some pride, that political operatives like him were all protoges of Lee Atwood, the "great" GOP hatchetman. Mr. Atwater built a career out of destroying, or attempting to destroy, candidates' reputations.
These new wingnut weasels who are so happy with their work seem to have ignored Atwater's last days, when dying from a brain tumor at the age of forty, he repented of his former evil ways and sent letters of apology to those he had maligned.
A quote from the man in the February 1991 Life Magazine issue: "What power wouldn't I trade for a little more time with my family? What price wouldn't I pay for an evening with friends? It took a deadly illness to put me eye to eye with that truth, but it is a truth that the country, caught up in its ruthless ambitions and moral decay, can learn on my dime. I don't know who will lead us through the '90s, but they must be made to speak to this spiritual vacuum at the heart of American society, this tumor of the soul."
You'd think that there would be an object lesson here for those who would follow his path, but that would assume they cared something for integrity as opposed to lust for power and influence.
I propose a solution: Pass a federal law that S. Carolina must be the absolute last state to hold a primary for the next ten years or more. Deprive the snakes of their source of sustenance.
Speaking of GOP primaries and candidates, how come every time I see Mitt Romney I think of that line from "Hannah and her Sisters" where Maureen O'Sullivan playing Norma, Hannah's mother, complains about her husband—"This…this haircut that passes for a man"