Thursday, May 14, 2009

McMaster still going after Craig's List

Attorney General Henry McMaster has performed a solid job as Attorney General. For, example, his prosecution of those involved in the HomeGold/Carolina Investors scandal is laudable. It is not easy for a Republican to go after white collar crime, but McMaster did that and did it well.

That is why McMaster’s obsession with sex ads on Craig’s List is disappointing. Of course, no one really wants to defend the seedier side of life that the erotic services ads on Craig’s List had upon it. However, after Craig’s List operators moved to remove that section from their website and replace it with a monitored adult section, McMaster said that did not satisfy him.

Fair enough. However, if McMaster is going to go after Craig’s List, he had better be ready to go after AT&T. While it is true that AT&T is a big political donor to the state, AT&T clearly offers ad space in their yellow pages to escort services. If one believes that all of those escort services who advertise in the yellow pages are just for someone to show up with a man at a function with, there is some ocean front property in Belton you might be interested in.

Of course, South Carolinians will not hear McMaster threatening AT&T as he is threatening Craig’s List. There are reasons for that. First, AT&T is active in South Carolina, employs South Carolinians and makes sizable donations to politicians in both parties. The website Craig’s List does not. Thus, Craig’s List is a safe punching bag for the Attorney General to score moral points with the Republican primary base for next year’s gubernatorial primary. In other words, the attack on Craig’s List has less to do about the law than it does with politics.

That is disappointing. Henry McMaster has developed a fine reputation as a capable Attorney General. He has put the law before politics several times before in his office. However, it seems that now that his eyes are on the big prize of Governor, McMaster is ready for stunts to get attention.

Before McMaster allows this stunt to develop any more or add more stunts to his job, he should consider his predecessor. Charlie Condon was a respected Charleston prosecutor, who when advised by many of the same people that offer McMaster political advice, used stunts to get attention as Attorney General. As such, he finished a distant third to now Governor Mark Sanford and former Lt. Governor Bob Peeler in the 2002 GOP gubernatorial primary.

Attorney General McMaster is better than that. He has a record better than that. Here is hoping that he will not let well paid political consultants lead him down a road that makes him appear as a grandstanding carnival act in next year’s primary. For if McMaster pushes the Craig’s List issue and loses legally, which he could, he could join Condon as a well intentioned, ill advised also ran.


  1. AnonymousMay 14, 2009

    You better watch yourself.

  2. AnonymousMay 14, 2009

    If Craigslist is shut down, please tell me how Working Mom and Obama Man are going to find hookups this weekend?

  3. No HenryMay 14, 2009

    I worked for ole Henry! He is dumb as dirt and the only thing he knows about being a lawyer is making sure all papers are fastened in a folder.

    Henry knew less about the law than Condon. He is a blowhard, fog horn leg horn type with his fake Charleston accent.

  4. Obama ManMay 15, 2009

    I been quiet here on Cracker Under the Influence's blog. But, Anonymous, (what kind of name is that?), I can get more white women in one night than you can get in your whole pale ass cracker life. I know you are a cracker because no brother or sister would name his kid anonymous.

    As for that cracker McMaster. Somebody needs to but him a white suit with a white hat so he talk about what he is going to do to brothas and sistas in style.

    If that cracker ends up governor, we will go a from a cracker with a plantation to a cracker who wishes he was still on one calling brother and sistas darkies.

    Praise God! My President will take call of all you pale ass crackers. Praise God!

  5. Obama ManMay 15, 2009

    One more thing, if Cracker General get his way, what are those crackers in Columbia gonna do when they want the fine time with a sista? I mean, the only way tiny littler crackers are going to be a sista is the sista gets paid. There are gonna be some uptight crackers around Columbia.

  6. AnonymousMay 15, 2009

    Boy, I say boy, you have got to put down that Craigslist!

  7. AnonymousMay 16, 2009

    Good point about McMaster and the ads in the ATT phone book. Wonder when ole Henry will go after a donor like them?