Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Howard Rich's SC GOP
There is a lot of talk about RINOs these days. Such RINOs are defined as Republicans in Name Only. Among the list of RINOs that bloggers and politicos are attacking are stalwart Republicans like state senators Harvey Peeler and David Thomas.
David Thomas was working to elect Republicans while most of the well paid puppets for Howard Rich and Mark Sanford were in elementary school. While those who scream about private school tuition credits were trying to please their fourth grade teachers in, gulp, public schools, Republicans like David Thomas were out fighting for Carroll Campbell and Ronald Reagan.
What does Thomas and others like him get for that lifetime of service? Insults and attacks from well paid bloggers who frankly have no clue what went into to building up the South Carolina Republican Party. Stalwart Republicans like Thomas and Harvey Peeler and others are attacked and maligned simply because they do not take the Sanford/Rich money and allow themselves to be puppets.
Let’s be clear about what has happened to the party of Carroll Campbell and Strom Thurmond. Under Campbell and Thurmond, the South Carolina GOP became a party in which people who agreed on things like family values, gun rights and lower taxes were welcomed. Not so in Mark Sanford and Howard Rich’s new SC GOP. If you are not on the payroll of Howard Rich and you dare to believe in anything Rich does not tell Sanford to support, you are labeled a RINO and quickly attacked by well paid operatives.
One cannot blame the bloggers and politicos who are paid well. A man and his family need to eat. However, it would be refreshing if those bloggers and politicos who so quickly label people as RINOs and attack anyone who disagrees with how they are paid to respond would just come clean and let us all know that they are getting paid, and paid well, to attack folks.
Frankly, for those of us old Republicans, or I guess RINOs, since we are not getting paid by Howard Rich and friends, it is insulting that those who are nothing more than political mercenaries pretend that they have the good of the public or the party at heart. People with sense know better. Those operatives are getting paid to destroy the coalitions built over years by the likes of Campbell and Thurmond. Those operatives are paid political hacks that come into South Carolina, like their benefactor’s money, without having a clue about the history of the state and how a Democratic state was transformed into a Republican one.
Instead, with their big checks from whomever out of state, those operatives use their well paid for voices to attack and label people who built the SC GOP from nothing. Those well paid operatives have no understanding of the state and its history. They only know how to espouse the views they were paid to espouse. Fair enough. Those operatives are bought and paid for. But, if SC elects more Democrats than it should, despite the money, those well paid operatives should not sit around and pout, but take responsibility for running the so called RINOs out who built the GOP’s strength and who delivered it wins for years. Indeed, having a New York real estate mogul run the GOP show in SC would make Strom Thurmond spin in his grave.
Let’s be frank, the SC GOP has been hijacked by well paid political mercenaries who really don’t give a damn about how things in South Carolina turn out, as long as the checks clear.