- "It needs to come to the floor of the House for a vote. I think South Carolina needs to know what they got."
Sen. Jake Knotts, R-Lexington,
on Gov. Sanford investigation
- "The attempts to cover up the dismal failure of the president's trillion-dollar stimulus have gone from comical to embarrassing."
U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint
Sen. Lindsey Graham apparently dodged a pie in the face on Monday when Berkeley County Republicans declined, for now, to censure him for the sin of recurrent bipartisanship. ... The county party's executive committee has decided to wait until January, and the GOP reportedly is doing the same.
Not so, their counterparts in Charleston who voted last week to formally state their objections to Sen. Graham's efforts to work with Senate Democrats on a number of issues. That view fails to acknowledge that responsible governance occasionally requires compromise.
Apparently, the last straw for the Charleston executive committee was Sen. Graham's decision to work with the likes of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., on an energy bill aimed at easing global warming. ...
Rising sea level will threaten coastal communities in a variety of ways, so the issue ought to have particular resonance in Charleston. The property of many Republicans, as well as Democrats and Independents, could be at risk. ...
Post and Courier (Charleston)
A tiny town in Illinois seems to have pulled the rug from under some S.C. politicians grandstanding to the point of demagoguing on the possibility of terrorism suspects being transferred to a military prison at the Naval Weapons Station Charleston.
Thomson is a village of 500 people in northwestern Illinois and the site of a nearly empty state prison, the Thomson Correctional Center. The village president (mayor), Jerry Hebeler, says moving prisoners from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would be terrific news for his town. Why? Because having the terrorism suspects in Thomson Correctional Center would be an economic boon for his little neck of the woods. ...
Contrast that approach with the fear-mongering efforts of some S.C. candidates for public office to circulate petitions aimed at preventing transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to the Naval Consolidated Brig in North Charleston. The suggestion that S.C. citizens have something to fear in housing terrorism suspects in a top-rated corrections facility is an affront to the armed forces people who operate the brig. ...
The Sun News (Myrtle Beach)
The ink was barely dry on a ruling by U.S. District Judge Cameron Currie saying the state's "I Believe" license plates are unconstitutional when state Attorney General Henry McMaster released a video decrying the ruling as the action of a liberal federal judiciary. ...
Instead of fanning the flames of ignorance, McMaster, who surely knows better, should be explaining why it is necessary to protect religion from intrusion by the state. We also hope the next governor, whoever that might be, would find better ways to spend scarce state revenues than on court cases that are destined to fail.
The Herald (Rock Hill)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
- "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
- "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth."