By “Working Tommy C“
I knew things were bad here in South Carolina but the coordinated and, I imagine, VERY expensive smear campaign against Nikki Haley is a HUGE new LOW for SCGOP politics.
I, myself, have had a five year, VERY appropriate relationship with Nikki Haley as a friend and a supporter who has frequently emailed back and forth with her on many different political matters. I’ve saved all my emails and texts, too. I can tell you that these lies by Bauer and Folks are attempting to portray her in a way that has NEVER occurred to her constituents as far as I’ve heard. We like Nikki in SC State House District 87–a lot.
Nikki Haley is a fighter and in Lexington County we’ve got one of the most conservative and activist Republican county party organizations in the state. We like fighters and recognize that now is the time that if we don’t have fighters in office, we may see the collapse of not only our state but our entire country.
Strange as it may sound to some, the only thing I’m wondering now is if Nikki will walk away June 8th with 51+% of the vote or not.
Yep. I’ll say it: I suspect we may see her win the primary with no need for a run-off. That’s a lot to expect out of a candidate who seemed hopelessly locked in third or fourth place just a few WEEKS ago. But I’ve known from the beginning that if Nikki could just get enough folks to hear her and understand what she’s all about, they’d support her in a heartbeat over any of the three, nearly indistinguishable good ol’ boy establishment clones.
And, yea, verily, it has come to pass. The recent allegations have only intensified the effect in my estimation. People in South Carolina have been whipped into a frenzy. The other candidates in the race are frantic now–and for good reason. They should, if there are any rational voices in their campaigns, have a LOT of fear regarding what is to come. Their campaigns have been virtually wiped off the radar of public attention.
Sorry if I sound as if I’m a political expert–I ain’t and I don’t know many who claim to be such that are expert enough to be right even most of the time in their predictions–but this whole man-made disaster of a gubernatorial election bears a striking resemblance to some events in the 1980s and 1990s that I witnessed in another state.
I’ve seen political backlashes before. Both of them were in Alabama when I lived there–one occurred after a similar personal attack and another happened when a corrupt Democrat Party in Alabama in 1986 nullified the results of the primary for governor and put up their own choice instead. In both cases, the sympathy and outrage backlash caused a landslide of monumental proportions resulting in the defeat of those who so grievously abused the voters with their lies and subterfuge. In one case, a man simply made district judge. In the other case, a man became the first Republican governor since the Reconstruction era.
I think Nikki Haley is about to make history, too. People are mad as hell at the good ol’ boy establishment here and combined with the tea party movement–which has been VERY strong here with Nikki Haley as a frequently featured speaker (NONE of the other gov. candidates could show up without getting booed)–we are about to see a perfect political storm hit South Carolina that could end the careers of many who have stooped to such hellish tactics.
You see, the problem with the establishment political manipulators is that they invariably underestimate the collective intelligence of the electorate. This is mostly because these so-called “experts” confuse apathy with ignorance or lack of intelligence. If the manipulators were to maximize the expectations that most folks have with politicians: “take care of business and leave us to hell alone” they’d try to stay under the radar as much as possible and only present a smiling face and their names in big letters on large signboards everywhere possible. And that is a frequent tactic used to gain office in this state.
Unfortunately for the politicians, they’ve grown so fat, happy, corrupt, and powerful that they’ve also grown very arrogant. They’re not just walking over us now. We’ve got the Jabba the Hut proportions of Jake Knotts standing on our throats now.
Make no mistake about it: this is war. And I’m not saying that WE are the ones declaring war. I’m saying that corrupt government has been waging war on us, the citizens, for a very long time. It is only now that it’s getting difficult to breath down here that enough folks are starting to ask themselves why they’re putting up with this garbage.
And, of course, with perfect comedic timing, here come the good ol’ boy clowns like Glenn McCon-artist and Jake “Pork” Knottzi defiantly refusing to grant us the transparency and accountability that we not only desire, but justifiably and indignantly DEMAND from them.
And, from the more serious among them, out slide the long knives in happily coordinated and unfounded attacks on Nikki Haley’s character. They’ve made a critical mistake however. Nikki Haley represents the frustration We, the People are feeling right now. We, the People, recognize that We, the People are the real targets of those attacks.
The establishment manipulators may have quite a hangover the morning after the primary. If history repeats itself and Nikki Haley rides the wave of a huge surge of voter resentment, they’ll be having to plan a way to fight a popular sitting governor who will take her message straight to the voters again and again as she fights to put in full accountability by making ours the most transparently functioning state government in the history of South Carolina, if not the entire United States.
And you know what? She won’t be alone. She’ll have thousands of activists from around the state–regular working folks–helping her achieve the same ends. This is TRUE power to the people. The fat and happy hogs wallowing in state and federal funds at the statehouse should be afraid–VERY afraid.