Dear fellow Sandlappers,
You need not feel nationally embarrassed because of the actions of one or two politicians.
It's unfair to stereotype an entire state because Gov. Mark Sanford goes walkabout and U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson loses his manners and self-control.
So said syndicated columnist, author and conservative commentator Cal Thomas last week, speaking at Greenville's Bob Jones University.
Digital Access for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
(Don't stop. We're walking, we're walking.)
Thomas said Congress has long been an arena for verbal combat and that Wilson's "you lie" outburst was nothing new when it comes to politics.
"There's a lot of low behavior; there always has been in Congress. You go back to the 19th century, people got drunk on the floor of the House, the Senate. People caned each other, fist fights sometimes broke out, you had people slandering and libeling each other, so it's nothing new in politics," Thomas said.
Thomas said plenty of Northern and Western politicians engage in outrageous behavior but don't fall prey to the kind of media attention the South receives.
"There's a view from the Northeast and from people in the West that somehow Southerners are all pickup-truck-driving, God-worshipping, trailer trash, flag-waving people who didn't go to the right schools - therefore can't be very smart," Thomas said.
- The Greenville News
Joe Wilson, fundraising machine
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson is generating cash for both Republicans and Democrats it turns out.
Wilson, famous or infamous for shouting "you lie!" at President Barack Obama during a joint session of Congress, is making appearances and writing fundraising letters on behalf of fellow Republicans.
On Friday, Wilson issued a fundraising letter on behalf of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
"It's up to us to hold the Democrats accountable, and that's why I'm turning to you for your immediate help," Wilson wrote.
Earlier last week, a Democratic group released a TV ad calling Wilson's outburst shameful. The Stand Up America political action committee solicited donations along with its ad.