Sex in South Carolina: A non-performing issue

Who could have ever imagined this happening in the old puckered-up Dixie, where even the mildest swear word would bring pursed lips and warnings about Judgment Day?

And who in a thousand years — actually, make that 145 years, since the end of the Civil War — who could have imagined that South Carolina, which still holds fond memories of a plantation life, would be on the verge of making the GOP nominee a woman who isn't lily-white?

Rep. Nikki Haley is of Indian descent; in fact, an opponent called her a "raghead.” It used to be, nobody would have even noticed such racist comments. Now they have caused an uproar, and mainly oozed all over the idiot who used the word. Call that progress.


The Negotiator, Bill Clinton

President Clinton's involvement alone tells anyone with a pulse the White House was trying to move Mr. Sestak off a very nice perch. 


Campaign fiction

A.B. Stoddard talks about politicians embellishing their military resumes in campaign races, and looks at what Democrats and Republicans will have to do to win votes in future midterm and presidential elections.


Will Matt Drudge report about the Comeback Kid, Harry Reid?

Look who's coming on strong in the Nevada Senate campaign: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) has virtually caught up with Republican Sue Lowden in the latest Mason-Dixon poll, and he has pulled ahead of Sharron Angle, the Tea Party candidate in the race.


Connect the dots

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel supposedly asked former President Bill Clinton to pitch a job offer to Rep. Joe Sestak (Pa.), if he would stay out of a Democratic Senate primary.

Sestak revealed this explosive offer in an interview, which has set off a firestorm for the Obama administration.


Good advice for the phonies

Good for Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). He pointed out that the senatorial nomination of Dr. Rand Paul by Kentucky Republicans was one thing; his qualifications for the job as a possible senator are quite another. Candidates like Rand, and Sarah Palin, are popular advocates, but they would make lousy government officials. The attraction of the spiels of Tea Party candidates and their media cheerleaders is that broad-stroke challenges and theoretical principles are easier to espouse to the public than the real challenges of bringing ideas to reality in a democratic society.



Over the weekend, the Democrats decided to do one more thing to shoot themselves in the foot, breaking the rule that warns, "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging."

In Connecticut, Democrats nominated someone for U.S. Senate, to fill the seat held by Sen. Chris Dodd (D), who created a record of combat in Vietnam when he had none. Richard Blumenthal was attorney general for the last 20 years and was the most popular politician in the state — the Democrats’ golden boy who couldn't lose — until The New York Times revealed last week that he has trouble with the truth. Blumenthal not only spoke often of when he came "back" from Vietnam — and sprinkled remarks to veterans groups and other crowds throughout his career — profiles repeatedly identified him as a Vietnam veteran, which he never attempted to correct. Did someone tell them this isn't a good year for candidates who aren't the real thing?


Business as usual

Yesterday, on ABC’s weekly gab-fast “This Week,” America’s last remaining Whig, the bowtied George Will, blithely dismissed the kerfuffle surrounding the latest accusations of illegality in the White House. “Business as usual,” he huffed.

But moments later, on a separate network, the one who was offered the bribe, Joe Sestak, acknowledged that he was offered such a deal — a high-ranking government appointment in exchange for a discontinued Senate bid. “I was offered a job, but I am not going to tell you what it was.”


The D.C. investment

Let's thank The Washington Post and reporters T.W. Farnam and Carol Leonnig for a comment that speaks volumes about a political system in the United States that is bought and paid for.

In their Saturday story "PACs betting on GOP takeover,” one of them got a quote from Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.), who is the deputy chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. He's not just a House member, but a party fundraiser, who says that in pitching corporate givers to spread some of their wealth to his side, "I tell them, 'I understand you have to give money to Democrats, but I want to be back in the majority.