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BUT IS ANYBODY EVEN PAYING ATTENTION?

South Carolinians have a dim view of their all-powerful legislative branch of government, according to a new survey published by The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier  and several Palmetto State television stations.

According to the results, 45 percent of likely voters disapprove of the S.C. General Assembly compared to only 22 percent who approve. A third of these likely voters – 33 percent – were undecided.

Really?

Our guess is a big chunk of South Carolina’s “likely voters” are unable to distinguish between the state legislature and the U.S. Congress – yet the pollsters rattled off a litany of issues they believe contributed to the 2-to-1 negative feelings.

Among them?  S.C. Speaker Bobby Harrell’s ongoing feud with Attorney General Alan Wilson, the shady deal-making that led to former S.C. Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell’s departure for greener pastures and the defeat of an ethics bill pushed by S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley.

Again … really?

If these pollsters think these 1,000 “likely voters” have a friggin’ clue about ethics reform or the intricacies of any of the scandals at the S.C. State House, they’re crazy.

First of all, a good third of South Carolinians are barely smart enough to breathe – let alone think for themselves.  Meanwhile those capable of independent thought are (to the extent they have time to focus on government at all) are hoodwinked by the state’s bought-and-paid-for mainstream media establishment – which manufactures debates and scandals at the margins of government while the real corruption rolls on unmolested.

But hey … let’s all pretend Jeb 12-pack living in a dilapidated trailer in Red Bank, S.C. working three-minimum wage jobs spends his half-hour of uninterrupted waking time ascribing his displeasure with the S.C. General Assembly to the failure of ethics reform.

Because we’re sure  that’s what it is ….