Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Huckabee Plays the Right Tune for the Campbells

Mike Huckabee landed the endorsement of Iris and Mike Campbell for President of the United States. I was somewhat surprised at their endorsement. It is a fairly large pickup for Huckabee, who looked like a pretty weak candidate the past few weeks.

The question is, will it turn into many votes on primary day? I am mixed on the issue myself. On one hand, I think the Campbell name is still a power inside the state GOP while at the same time Mike Campbell did blow a race that was his to lose. Further, the endorsement shows that the old Campbell machine is now divided, with Warren Tompkins and his folks going with Mitt Romney for President.

That might leave John McCain being the one who really benefits from the endorsement.


  1. I noticed that you are trying to move on from Ron Wilson. Are you scared? Is that why you post things that are not about the great man?

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  3. Doesn't the other Campbell kid back McCain? The real arrogant one.

  4. I suspect you guys are reading too many Mike Campbell press releases….

    Mike Campbell is a college drop out who’s most important achievement in life is to inherit his dad's last name and business. He promptly spent a a large portion of that fortune on a primary campaign and lost a to an elected official that was in real trouble.

    Mike Campbell repudiated his dad's political reputation by refusing to endorse the party’s nominee…and has become what most people would consider…completely irrelevant.

    Huckabee is a good guy, and may in fact be a stronger candidate than most people believe…but if he depends on the assistance and stature of Mike Campbell he will be sorely disappointed.

    The old Campbell machine can still issue press releases, but that does not make them accurate.

  5. anon 1016, i found the media release quite amusing. it was a long list of accomplishments, followed by ...

    "Mike Campbell learned at the feet of this father" - he was about that young in those days.

    "Rising star in the SC and National GOP" - yep, as you point out, his career is off to a great start.

    it's not that we take it so seriously, but rather that we find the guy and his attempts to portray himself as the next Carroll Campbell so darned hilarious.

  6. Hello Brian,

    I read about your debate with Ron Wilson in the newspaper. Good to see that you are doing well.

    Your site looks great. I'm the City Webmaster for Anderson and publish www.CalhounFallsToday.com and edit www.LakeFrontHartwell.com. I don't have a blog, but the Forum on CalhounFallsToday.com includes political discussions. Let me know if I can ever be of assistance.

    Maybe I'll get to speak with you when you come to Anderson.

    Lee Boggs
    Political Science, '93


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  10. Great quote from http://aimnewmedia.net/charalambous/comment.php?mode=display&sid=20070212202106673&title=Mr.%20Wilson%20throws%20down%20gauntlet%20to%20critics&type=article&order=ASC&pid=36105:

    "Everyone is missing the real point of this debate. Brian McCarty is the decendant of Yankee carpetbaggers, who moved South to use cheap Southern labor in the textile mills of Honea Path. He believes that the federal government is an all powerful god that needs no limits. Ron Wilson is a traditional Southerner, who believes that the Federal government has only the powers delegated to it by the States."


  11. Dear Brian McCarty, we have never met but I wanted to write and say thank you.

    Thank you for finally exposing the seedy underbelly of the GOP.

    The Republican party, which used to be a staunch defender of good government and business, has been completely overrun (at least here in SC) with krazy, kooky, konservatives of which Ron Wilson and Kevin Bryant are just two good examples.

    These fear-mongering Bushies are keeping SC locked in the past where we are a constant national joke on CNN. As we approach the presidential primary your voice must be joined with others to tell the rest of America that SC is not the conservative reichstag it used to be.

    Wilson/Bryant are perfect examples of the right-wing, homophobic, crypto-fascists who have (almost) completely converted the Republican party into a franchise of the NAZI party.

    Did you know that our Congressman, Gresham Barrett, voted againt renewal of the Civil Rights Act! How are these poeple allowed to be in our government?

    What we have needed for so long is for moderates like Brian McCarty to come forward and declare ourselves the big tent party that we were before Nixon/Goldwater/Barrett/Wilson/Bryant-types took over.

    Keep up the good work.

  12. BTW, it figures your two favorites would be Huckabee and McCain.

    Lets’ see, Huckabee has an “F” from the conservative group Club for Growth and is famous for accommodating welfare recipients and queers in Arkansas.

    McCain of course needs no other endorsement for you than that he attacked the Confederate flag. The fact he also loves the pedophiles and hates G.W. Bush is just your icing on the cake.

    Obviously, from your life history, political expressions, and attacks on traditional Southern values, these are exactly the kind of candidates you and your “moderate” friends would like.

  13. Huckabee is a good man, even if he is a little too much of that Southern Baptist “you’re going to Hell if you don’t believe like me” kind of person.

    Brian, don’t listen to these conservatives. You must continue to speak truth to power whether it is the Anderson County Council or the president of the United States.

    McCain is a war-monger despite what he may think of Bush. He and Lindsey Graham will work to make America better and ot make the GOP open and welcoming to people of all faiths, beliefs, and life-choices.

    We must allow SC to be defined by a vocal minority of conservatives just because they can shout loud.

    For some good info your loyal readers should visit: http://www.scequality.org

  14. Salkehatichie SlimFebruary 15, 2007

    Maybe if you weren't the Campbell family lackey this would have more credibility.

  15. Muqtada al-SadrFebruary 15, 2007

    This is just in from the AP:

    Anti-American blogger Brian McCarty fled Anderson for Columbia ahead of a security crackdown in Honea Path and the arrival of 21,500 U.S. troops sent by President Bush to quell sectarian violence, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.

    McCarty left his Honea Path stronghold some weeks ago, the official said, and is believed to be in Brookland Tavern in Cayce, where he has family. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss U.S. monitoring activities, said fractures in McCarty's political and militia operations may be part of the reason for his departure.

    The U.S. official said it is not clear how firmly the moderate Republican is controlling his organization and the associated blog from exile.

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  17. Quote fo the Day!!

    "I kind of feel like I have been hung out to dry. People say that I am responsible for everything, as if I had the full point plan for what we are going to do. In fact, I was fairly low down on the organizational chart. [Those above me] have basically decided they are not going to talk about this anymore. It is as if, if all the flak falls on this guy, well, fine. I don't like it, but unlike them I think it is my responsibility to explain what we did and why,"

  18. Good job taking the ole “anonymous” hatchet to that Confederate guy in Anderson.

    “He has ties to people whose views are radical and extreme at best and downright racist at worst.” CLASSIC! I can’t stop laughing.

    I hate, however, for you to have to do all the heavy lifting thought, so here’s my contribution.

    I addition to all the stuff you said Wilson was guilty he also suffers from Anger Arrogance Bragging Cowardice Disloyalty Doubt Envy Greed Injustice Impatience Jealousy Recklessness Sloth Untrustworthiness Vanity Weakness Wrath .

    Great job Brian. See you at the show.

    Oh yeah, Wilson’s short too.

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  21. Hey, I noticed you haven't posted anyhting new lately. Is everything ok?

  22. Are you ever going to post anything new again?

    This is boring.

  23. STEWART SMILEYFebruary 15, 2007

    "Your comment has been saved and will be visible after blog owner approval."

    I like that. It has a nice rign of authority to it; or is it fear?

    Anyway, here is a belated Valentine's Day wsh for you

    you are good enough, strong enough and garsh darn it PEOPLE LIKE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Good advice -----

    My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

    Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

    Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

    James, chapter 3: 1 – 5

  25. Megatherium
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Megatheriinae were a subfamily of elephant-sized ground sloths that lived from 2 million to 8,000 years ago. Their smaller ground sloth cousins were the Mylodon.

    Giant sloth
    Unlike its living relative, the tree sloth, Megatherium was one of the largest mammals to walk the Earth. Weighing almost as much as an African bull elephant, it had huge claws on its feet. These claws meant that it could not put its feet flat on the ground and so, like a modern anteater, it had to walk on the sides of its feet. Its footprints show that it walked mainly on its hind legs. When it stood on its hind legs, it was about twice the height of an elephant, or about twenty feet tall. They were one of the abundant Pleistocene megafauna - a wide variety of very large mammals that lived during the Pleistocene epoch.
    Megatherium had a robust skeleton with a large pelvic girdle and a broad muscular tail. Its large size and specially adapted body made it possible to feed at heights otherwise unobtainable to other contemporary herbivores. Rising on its powerful hind legs and using its tail to form a tripod, Megatherium was able to support its massive body weight while using its long forelegs with curved claws to pull down branches with the choicest leaves. Its large deep jaw is believed to have housed a long tongue, as in the modern tree sloth, which it would then use to pull leaves into its mouth.
    Some recent morpho-functional analysis (Bargo, 2001) indicate that M. americanum was well adapted for strong and mainly vertical biting. The teeth are extremely hypsodont and bilophodont, and the sagittal section of each loph is triangular with a sharp edge. This suggests that the teeth were used mainly for cutting, rather than grinding, and that hard and fibrous food was not the main dietary component.
    There is a common misbelief that the sabre-toothed cat Smilodon hunted Megatherium, but the sloths were far too big for even this large cat to attack. Richard Fariña and Ernesto Blanco of the Universidad de la República in Montevideo have analysed a fossil skeleton of M. americanum and discovered that its olecranon—the part of the elbow to which the triceps muscle attaches—was very short. This adaptation is found in carnivores and optimises speed rather than strength. The researchers say this would have enabled M. americanum to use its claws aggressively, like daggers (Fariña and Blanco, 1996). The conclusion is that due to its nutrient-poor habitats, Megatherium may have actually taken over the kills of Smilodon. A number of adult glyptodon fossils have also been found where the shell was turned upside down. This hints at Megatherium scavenging or hunting this animal, as no other known animal existed in South America during that period that could flip an adult glyptodon.

  26. This explains why your boy Huckleby will never be president.

    Bi-Partisanship on Minimum Wage Bill
    by Paul Silver

    Norquist takes aim at McCrery

    The top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee has come under fire from conservative activist Grover Norquist for cooperating with Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on a package of small-business tax cuts that the committee approved on Monday.

    Norquist charged on Tuesday that the tax breaks — totaling more than $1.8 billion — are paid for by tax increases that Democrats will use against Ways and Means ranking member Rep. Jim McCrery (R-La.) and other Republicans in the 2008 election.

    “McCrery is making a very damaging mistake in voting in committee and in having his members vote in committee for a tax increase,” Norquist said in an interview with The Hill.

    He predicted that Democrats will attack the Republican votes as favoring tax increases, and that no one will remember that those tax increases were only meant to offset tax cuts included in the bill.

    The House is expected to vote on the tax bill before the end of the week. Ways and Means approved it unanimously with little debate after a 30-minute markup, and the bill will probably be rolled into the minimum-wage legislation awaiting conference with the Senate.

    According to Norquist, obstructing the Democratic majority in the House can pay off more than working with it. He said that Rangel, who has pledged to restore comity between Democrats and Republicans on Ways and Means, acted as an obstructionist when former Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) headed the committee.

    “What did he get out of that? Control of the House,” Norquist charged.

    In an interview, McCrery disagreed with that assessment, which he said represents the “narrow view” of the political world. “For Grover to imply that the reason Democrats won back the majority is because Charlie was an obstructionist is a giant leap,” McCrery said.

    He said he and House GOP leaders decided to work with Rangel on the tax bill because small businesses would be hurt by the minimum-wage increase and needed tax relief. In addition, he said, it is illogical to conclude that House Republicans should have fought the House Democrats on the tax bill once Democrats signaled a willingness to consider the tax legislation in connection with the minimum-wage hike. House Democrats previously had argued for a clean minimum-wage bill.

    Sitting back and throwing bombs at the Democratic Party will only increase public cynicism in the political and governmental world, McCrery added…

    Bravo, to Chairman Rangel’s open mindedness to consider Small business tax cuts and for the GOP members of Ways and Means who risk the ire of tax ideologues in favor of a reasonable compromise. I hope this is a prelude of collaboration yet to come.

  27. If you can hear me blink twice.

  28. Gov. William J. LePetomaineFebruary 15, 2007

    "Work, work, work, work, work, work."

  29. "Anonymous said...

    Hey, I noticed you haven't posted anything new lately. Is everything ok? "

    Ironic that that was the last thing you posted, huh?

  30. hubert h. humphreyFebruary 15, 2007

    Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.

  31. When are you coming back ot Anderson? Aren't you going to debate that Wilson guy?

  32. Woodrow wilsonFebruary 15, 2007

    Speak out Brian! And let's have some "common achievement."

    I have always been among those who believed that the greatest freedom of speech was the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking. It cannot be so easily discovered if you allow him to remain silent and look wise, but if you let him speak, the secret is out and the world knows that he is a fool. So it is by the exposure of folly that it is defeated; not by the seclusion of folly, and in this free air of free speech men get into that sort of communication with one another which constitutes the basis of all common achievement.

  33. It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.

  34. What advice might Emily Post give Brian McCarty if she (Emily not Brian) were alive today?


    The blogs carry posts every day that are so many packages of TNT should their contents be exploded by falling into wrong hands. Posts that should never have been written are put in evidence in court rooms every day. Many can not, under any circumstances, be excused; but often silly girls, foolish women and mediocre real estate lawyers write things that sound quite different from what they innocently, but stupidly, intended.

    Few persons, except professional writers, have the least idea of the value of words and the effect that they produce, and the thoughtless posts of emotional women and underbred men add sensation to news items in the press almost daily. Of course the best advice to a blogger who is impelled to write posts attacking other people, can be put in one word, don’t! However, if you are a blogger, and are determined to write posts attacking another man’s reputation, no matter how innocent your intention may be, there are some things you must remember—remember so intensely that no situation in life, no circumstances, no temptation, can ever make you forget. They are a few set rules, not of etiquette, but of the laws of self-respect: Never send a letter without reading it over and making sure that you have said nothing that can possibly “sound different” from what you intend to say. Never so long as you live, write a post attacking another man—no matter who he is—that you would be ashamed to see in a newspaper above your signature. Remember that every word of writing is immutable evidence for or against you, and words which are thoughtlessly posted on blogs may exist a hundred years hence. Never write anything that can be construed as sentimental. Never take another man to task about anything; never ask for explanations; to do so implies too great an intimacy. Say nothing ever, that can be construed as insulting. Always keep in mind and never for one instant forget that a third person, and that the very one you would most object to, may find and read the post. One word more: It is not alone “bad form” but laying yourself open to every sort of embarrassment and danger, to “correspond with” a man you slightly know.

  35. Tell Brian McCarty how anxious I am that he may read and learn his Book, that he may become the possessor of those things that a grateful country has bestowed upon his forebears—Tell him that his happiness through life depends upon his procuring an education now; and with it, to imbibe proper moral habits that can entitle him to the possession of them.

  36. Andrew JacksonFebruary 15, 2007

    “My political enemies I can freely forgive; but as for who abused me when I was serving my country in the field, and those who attacked me for serving my country—Doctor, that is a different case.”

    Letter to the Reverend Dr. John Todd Edgar.

  37. John C. CalhounFebruary 15, 2007

    The Government of the absolute majority instead of the Government of the people is but the Government of the strongest interests; and when not efficiently checked, it is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised.spaisoy

  38. Campbell may have something of a statewide political network having just run a statewide campaing, but his reocrd proves he is no poltical guru.

    This just shows how late Huckabee is to the ballgame. He is scraping the bottom of the barrel.

  39. Cool Hand DukeFebruary 15, 2007

    While browsing around your hard drive I noticed a few of the items you deleted from your blog.

    Anonymous said...
    Nope, you don't get that lucky. Things on this blog have moved on. I hate to break this ego trip to Mr. Wilson and his minions, but this is not the first time I have been threatened. There are other things to talk about.

    brian mccarty
    2/13/2007 6:40 AM

    Anonymous said...
    Brian, why do you do this. I know you are. You are the guy who fumbled to get my bikini top off and then did well, you know what you did.

    My dad is and was in the Klan. You had not problem with it when you were doing me.

    2/14/2007 4:33 AM
    Anonymous said...
    Tracey, you were a lot of fun for a lot of us. Stop talking and put your mouth to work, before we have to call Amy Plummer.
    2/14/2007 11:42 AM

    Bill McAbee said...
    Sorry I got you into this Brian.

    The VICE-chairman
    2/15/2007 2:28 PM
    Brian MCarty said...
    Looks like Legs don't get no more special treatment any more than Harrellson did.

    Ketchup gravy.
    2/15/2007 2:41 PM

    See a pattern here?

  40. boy samson and salkehatchie just don't get it. samson thinks you're not a conservative and salkehatchie thinks you have connections with the campbell clan.

  41. McCarty is no liberal or no Cambbell lackey. Sure, he loved the old man, who didn't? But to think McCarty is a lackey of the Campbell family? Whitey, please.

  42. As of yet, I do not support anyone for President.

    Shows you ignorance.

  43. Earl Capps should mind his own business. He is not one of the people we need in the Republican Party.

    I have read some of his stuff and if you cna get the illiterate syntax you can see that his agenda is strictly making the world safe for big business. Such wrethced paleo-naziism is exactly the problem.

    Our generation has been given a wonderful gift: the internet. Just hink what Thomas Pain could hav eaccomplished if he could have posted things about how bad Geroge III was anonymoulsy?

    Unfortiunatley, I am in a position where I can not speak up publcily, but I will ferverently support those like Brian who wil ltake us out of the wilderness of these ragged right-wingers who want to convert the GOP into a Nixon seance.

    Brian has struck a blow for all of us moderates who cannot speak for ourselves. Brian, just let us know when you have to face that racist pig Wilson in Anderson and we will try to turn out our people so you are not overwhelmed by all those noisy rednecks here.

    As we used to say at the volleyball games: Fight! Fight! Fight!

  44. Salkehatichie SlimFebruary 16, 2007

    Ok, ok ok,

    so the first paycheck from the Campbell's hasn't been cut yet. You lawyers are master's of the minutia.

    On another subject, are you going to this debate/forum/hoedown I'm reading about in Anderson?

    Will Morris Dees at least give you gas money?

  45. OSeola McCartyFebruary 16, 2007

    I came across this blog while googling my COnfederat eancestor's. I've noticed in my research that there a lot of African-Americans named McCarty. Did your line of the family own a lot of slaves?

  46. Andersonian said;"Everyone is missing the real point of this debate." , but I disagree and reply.

    "South Carolina is too small to be a Republic and too large to be an insane asylum", and thanks for confirming that quote with facts.

    WWBJD(What would Bob Jones do)? I think he would support Wilson, Romney, and damn the tribe of Caine for they have dark skin and flat noses. Sounds rather Mormonesque, huh? Or is it just plain racism?

  47. Samson said:
    "Earl Capps should mind his own business. He is not one of the people we need in the Republican Party." Wow, I thought we were the party of inclusion rather than exclusion. Tell you Samson Earl and I have ACTUALLY opposed eachother on the political battlefield and he is a tremendous asset to the party. Earl's artwork is excellent, such as, EvacuateHodges.com, etc. So, what have you done that even comes close to that coup Earl helped achieve. I know, you were part of the dump Beasly crowd. But did dump Beasly help the party?

  48. Salkehatichie SlimFebruary 17, 2007

    Is everything ok

  49. Everthing is fine. I have just been busy. Also, let me state this in clearly. I HAVE NOT AND HAVE NO PLANS TO BE ON THE PAYROLL OF THE CAMPBELLS, MORRIS DEES, AND THE LIKE. Further, I will not carry anyone's water at the debate with Wilson. If anyone from the Save the SCV or SPLC or whomever else wants to show up and say something, find. Wilson should debate them. They are the sources I just pointed.

    Debating me is franky, silly. I am just a private citizen who commented on his private blog.

    I hope to debate real local government issues with Wilson. Let Wilson debate the sources about his associations.

    I am not carrying anyone's water. I can assure you of that.

  50. Also, for those of you not bright enough to figure it out, the picture of Romney playing the guitar was not Presidential. It was meant to be funny. Geez. Get a sense of humor, people.

  51. Dear McAbees Waterboy,

    You cannot say that you shouldn't debate Wilson. While you quoted left wing nuts like Dees, you brought it up. You acted like an expert, now it looks like you are backing away.

    You should really scold Bill M. for getting you into this. Wilson will tear you a new one. I wish I could be there tonight, but I have to work second shift. Hopefully, someone will video tape it.