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.


  1. AnonymousMay 27, 2009

    Howard Rich knows a lot of people in business. You could be broke by Monday.

  2. Well WillieMay 27, 2009

    You are just mad you do not get the money we do, bitch.

  3. AnonymousMay 27, 2009

    Howard Rich is a good man who finances great causes. You are a redneck who would not know a great cause if it hit you in the face. Some people should be bought. Money is good.

  4. AnonymousMay 27, 2009

    Well said!

  5. You know, it's really hard to believe someone is principled when they pimp themselves out for money.

    If you'll sell your soul, then you compromise anything and everything.

    Or to quote T.S. Elliot: "The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason."

  6. Well you may be right that people like Harvey Peeler are stalwart "Republicans", I guess they can be if they call themselves that, but could you explain what makes them "conservative"? It's not just about guns and abortion anymore. If your argument is that the SCGOP should not be fiscally conservative, then I understand where you are coming from.

    I think people that have a firm understanding of South Carolina political history, as well as the current political climate in the country right now, are understandably perplexed sometimes that we live in one of the most conservative and Republican states in the nation and yet many of our elected officials fail to live up to that.

  7. AnonymousMay 27, 2009

    There has to be a way to get you off the Anderson GOP Executive Committee. You are not a Republican, and I don't care who you worked for one time.

  8. AnonymousMay 27, 2009

    Currently, the Ron Paul disciples seem to be a driving force in our state party. They also believe Sanford and DeMint are saviors. This is even though the three of them vehemently disagree on some issues. I myself am a DeMint supporter and these "activists" love him while overlooking things like his stance on the defense of our country and free trade.

  9. AnonymousMay 28, 2009

    No one cares McCarty. No one cares.

  10. AnonymousMay 28, 2009

    Earl should not talk; he was on the payroll of an anti-Howard group last cycle.

    As for the main post - you ought to argue on the merits of policy, not make personal attacks on the philanthropists who endorse those policies.

    This is the same type of ad hominem sewer politics you are ascribing to you opposition!

  11. AnonymousMay 28, 2009


    You should look at the SCGOP platform. It endorses school choice and tax credits.

    It is overlooked by the majority of the elected officials too. Please familiarize yourself with it.


  12. Anon - I was indeed affiliated with a non-profit organization which argued for greater transparency. Among other things, we called Rich out on the mat regularly, and where the media began scrutinizing what was going on, the candidates he backed often failed.

    As a board member, I was not compensated for what I did. If you can prove otherwise, please do so. If you've seen the car I drive (a 1994 Mercury Sable), then you'd certainly know that either I wasn't getting paid for my political activities, or I was enjoying more beer and hookers than you could land in your wettest dream.

    So for the enlightenment and entertainment of us all, please do substantiate your claims about my being for hire, or shut up and crawl in your little hole, you cowardly little shit.

  13. Ball CoachMay 29, 2009

    I am a public school teacher. I have a CWP and I am a strong believer in gun rights. I abhor abortion. I don't drink and I am in church every Sunday. I have been a Republican my whole life. I have voted in every Republican primary since I have been old enough to vote. I have given a good bit of money to the GOP and to Mark Sanford.

    But, I am tired of being called lazy, incompetent, a RINO, whatever, just because I teach and coach in public schools.

    I am sick of my kids being told they are losers because they are in the public schools.

    The biggest mistake I made in politics was giving money to and voting for Mark Sanford. So anonymous posters, I am one of those people that Mr. McCarty wrote about. I won't give money to Democrats or volunteer for them, but I will not for you either. I try to teach my players to have self respect on and off the field. How can I do that if I continue to support people who spend my money telling me how much of a failure I am?

    Get over yourselves and spend a day with a public school teacher who coaches a sport. After 12 hours, then tell me how lazy we are.

  14. Well WillieMay 29, 2009

    Hey Ball Coach, stick to ball games and leave the politics to the professionals. You obviously are drinking the kool aid that your teacher union is giving you.

    Good riddance.

  15. Well WillieMay 29, 2009

    Earl, we all know you are bought and paid for by RINOs. Be a man and admit it. You and McCarty both are closet Democrats. McCarty worked on RINO Townsend's and Peeler's campaigns and you worked for that gay guy down in Charleston. (The ex-solicitor or a certain state senator, take your pick.)

    We know who you both really are. Just paid hacks for the liberals.

  16. AnonymousMay 29, 2009

    Just go. Take your stinking RINO ass and go. The Democrats might have you, but real Republicans don't want you or anyone like you. Go.

  17. AnonymousMay 29, 2009

    Amen, anonymous, Amen. Mr. McCarty, Mr. Capps, and the jock can just go. We need a pure party, not one with half hearted principles.

  18. AnonymousMay 29, 2009

    Hey, did anyone see the latest GOP campaign button, it reads, "I'm a bitch for Howard Rich."