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BOILERPLATE DEMOCRATIC ATTACK BACKFIRES …

S.C. Senator Vincent Sheheen’s gubernatorial campaign sent out an email this week slamming incumbent “Republican” Nikki Haley for running an administration beset by “scandal after scandal.”

Shocker, right?

Sheheen is running (ineptly) against Haley … a candidate who is (or at least should be) among the most vulnerable gubernatorial incumbents anywhere in America. Seriously: A stiff breeze is all that’s needed to blow this woman over – but so far there’s been no indication that Sheheen’s team is even remotely capable of generating the required wind power.

Anyway … according to Sheheen’s campaign manager “South Carolina deserves ethical leaders and accountability.”

“Honest leadership and real accountability starts at the top, with a governor committed to doing what’s right for South Carolinians and running an administration that works and works well,” he adds. “That would be quite a change from what we’ve seen here in the Palmetto State.”

That’s true … although if Sheheen plans on providing such leadership, he might want to consider showing up at his current job.

According to SCGOP chairman Matt Moore, Sheheen has missed roughly 25 percent of State Senate votes over the last four years. He’s also missed the last two meetings of the Senate’s judiciary committee, meetings “where the committee considered politically sensitive topics.”

For those of you keeping score at home this exchange breaks down as follows: An otherwise forgettable campaign email full of meaningless political fluff (a.k.a. a “whiff” from Sheheen) was answered by a specific, newsworthy criticism (a.k.a. a “hit” for Haley).

And while we don’t necessarily agree with Moore that Sheheen is guilty of “incredible hypocrisy” on ethics issues, there’s really no way to score the skirmish as anything other than a victory for Haley.

Given Sheheen’s current positioning in the 2014 gubernatorial race, he needs to be winning big battles … not losing little ones.

More to the point, South Carolina taxpayers desperately need an alternative between two candidates battling over big and bigger government.