Last Friday, S.C. Senator Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) learned that no one had filed to run against him for the South Carolina Senate.
Seriously … no Republican, no Democrat … nobody.
That’s not surprising … and yet on another level it is surprising.
It’s not surprising because Davis is a taxpayer hero who is immensely popular in the South Carolina Lowcountry, and any attempt to unseat him would have been a fool’s errand. On the other hand it is surprising because Davis is widely discussed as candidate for governor of South Carolina (against Nikki Haley) and U.S. Senate (against Lindsey Graham) – which means item No. 1 on either of those politicos’ list should have been running a “nuisance campaign” against him in an effort to deflect his attention from the statewide stage.
That didn’t happen …
Davis was already a potent statewide threat but his recent endorsement of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (a brilliant tactical move) has given him an army of loyal limited government foot soldiers. The only question is whether Davis will decide to march his troops against the RINO in the S.C. Governor’s Office or the RINO currently holding down the Palmetto State’s senior U.S. Senate seat.
At this point, it appears as though Davis is inclined to challenge Graham in a Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.
In fact late Sunday he needled Graham over one of his numerous ideological betrayals – the vote that Graham cast in favor of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“There’s plenty of reasons for a conservative to vote ‘yes,’” Graham said after casting the only vote on the committee in support of Kagan.
Davis followed up Graham’s quote with a comment made by Kagan during the recent Supreme Court debate over U.S. President Barack Obama’s socialized medicine plan.
“Why is a big gift from the federal government a matter of coercion?” Kagan asked. “We’re giving you a boatload of money for you to take and spend on poor people’s health care.”
Obviously the fact that Kagan isn’t recusing herself in this case is disturbing … although if Obamacare is upheld by a single vote then Davis will have an issue that could help him sink Graham.
He’ll need all the help he can get, too. Graham has $4 million in the bank – and is expected to benefit from millions more in third party special interest funding. Perhaps even more troubling for Davis, it is widely believed that Graham will run as an independent if he is defeated in a GOP primary.