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Kris Crawford, Everybody

This website has always liked S.C. Rep. Kris Crawford (R-Florence). He’s an asshole, for sure, but he’s typically been our kind of asshole. And his voting record has generally been a notch above the legions of “Republicans in Name Only” at the S.C. State House. But Crawford has had his…

This website has always liked S.C. Rep. Kris Crawford (R-Florence). He’s an asshole, for sure, but he’s typically been our kind of asshole. And his voting record has generally been a notch above the legions of “Republicans in Name Only” at the S.C. State House.

But Crawford has had his issues – most notable his not-so-little income tax problem.

And of course there’s that big mouth of his – which landed him in some serious trouble (and produced some bad national press for our state) this week.

Crawford gave an interview with Charleston Regional Business Journal – one of our state’s many crony capitalist cheerleaders – in which he suggested that the Medicaid expansion associated with Obamacare was good policy but bad politics for South Carolina Republicans.

Why? Because U.S. President Barack Obama is black.

“The politics are going to overwhelm the policy,” Crawford said of his opposition to the Obamacare expansion. “It is good politics to oppose the black guy in the White House right now, especially for the Republican Party.”

Wait … what?

We’re honestly not sure which part of this quote offends us the most – Crawford’s suggestion that the massive Medicaid expansion Obama envisions is good policy, or the notion that race ought to be a factor in one’s political calculus.

Both statements are prima facie ludicrous.

As we’ve statement on numerous occasions Obama is the most dangerous force to be let loose on American freedom and free markets since … George W. Bush. Which is why he (and the Congressional Republicans bending over for him) must be opposed at every turn.

But that’s good politics because it’s the right thing to do … not because of Obama’s skin color.

Similarly, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s own massive Medicaid expansion isn’t bad because she’s an Indian-American … it’s bad because it will cost us money our state’s taxpayers can’t afford.

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64 comments

9" March 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I’m really surprised that one of SC’s politicians,has never had the ‘gay thing’ mentioned in media,although watching him give a speech on TV w/other gays,has everyone’s ‘gaydar’ going into overdrive.I guess the little nuances of gayness,don’t register w/straight people.

This wouldn’t be so bad if he hadn’t opposed ,’gays in the military’,and ‘same-sex marriage’,but maybe he just wants all those soldier boys to himself…

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9" March 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I’m really surprised that one of SC’s politicians,has never had the ‘gay thing’ mentioned in media,although watching him give a speech on TV w/other gays,has everyone’s ‘gaydar’ going into overdrive.I guess the little nuances of gayness,don’t register w/straight people.

This wouldn’t be so bad if he hadn’t opposed ,’gays in the military’,and ‘same-sex marriage’,but maybe he just wants all those soldier boys to himself…

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Peter O. March 14, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Kind of funny how all these Democratic message boards types who didn’t even read the original story are calling Crawford “racist,” when Crawford was only calling his fellow Republicans racist.
What goes around comes around.

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Jan March 14, 2013 at 6:44 pm

He wasn’t calling Repubicans racists. He was saying the SC electorate is racist and that Republicans taking advantage of that fact, is just good politics.

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Peter O. March 14, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Exactly.

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Peter O. March 14, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Kind of funny how all these Democratic message boards types who didn’t even read the original story are calling Crawford “racist,” when Crawford was only calling his fellow Republicans racist.
What goes around comes around.

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Jan March 14, 2013 at 6:44 pm

He wasn’t calling Repubicans racists. He was saying the SC electorate is racist and that Republicans taking advantage of that fact, is just good politics.

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Peter O. March 14, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Exactly.

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TheRightLeft March 14, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Crwaford actually was speaking from his heart and showing us a peek behind the curtains of decency that GOP, displays, especially in the south, having the worst human rights record of the near past. The Confederate legacy of behind the door racism slips out when people like Crwaford open their mouths. They just dont know when to keep their mouths shut and to speak like this only in private.

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BigT March 14, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Tim Scott Dumb@$$…
Yet look what yall did to Alvin Greene…when he had a chance to be a US Senator…you attacked him w/ Hate and fury….
You’re a F*#kin Idiot to call anyone but yourselves Racist…

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Steven Leser March 14, 2013 at 8:16 pm

You are kidding right? Alvin Green couldn’t beat George W. Bush for mayor in San Francisco or New York City. Thats why we Democrats were pissed off that he somehow won the nomination.

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BigT March 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Tim Scott was elected by Republicans…yet you HATED Alvin Greene…Why are you a RACIST, Steve…????

You hated Alvin Greene because he was not your Chosen White Boy…

You are a Racist Party, that uses blacks for power and to eat high off the hog…

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Steven Leser March 14, 2013 at 8:52 pm

LOL, I am multiracial BigT, part African American and part Hispanic. AND I live in Harlem. You wanna try that racist bit again?

Huckleberry Finn March 14, 2013 at 10:01 pm

I will give it a shot. You obviously don’t like living near white people, which makes you a racist.

Steven Leser March 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I am also white. As I said, multiracial, not bi-racial. I also live on the border of Harlem and the upper west side, which is pretty white. Harlem is getting pretty multi-racial now too, btw.

sid March 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Harlem? Why the interest in South Carolina politics?

I can understand your knowledge of NYC politics, but I think you are way off on San Fran. They haven’t elected a Republican Mayor since 1964, and haven’t elected a Republican to the Board of Supervisors since 1973. If it was a simple head-to-head race between Alvin Greene as a Democrat, and virtually ANY Republican, Greene would win in San Fran. He would absolutely crush Bush in your hypothetical race.

Steven Leser March 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm

1. Crawford’s statements have made national news.
2. The point of the tongue-in-cheek mentioning Alvin’s hypothetical failure in a match-up in NYC or San Fran with George W. Bush (who is just about Democrats’ least favorite Republican out there, maybe Cheney is less well thought of) is that he is a complete loser of a candidate.

sid March 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm

You’d think you’d be commenting on a national site, since there’s so much national attention. It just seems odd that you’d want to share your opinions on a primarily SC site. But I guess that’s the Yankee way.
I get the attempt at humour, but with most good political humour, there needs to be a basis in reality of some sort. That’s where you went wrong. Again, Alvin Greene would absolutely crush Bush in San Francisco. The fact that such a bad candidate could get nearly 30% in deep-red SC should tell you he would do just find in so-blue-it’s-almost-black San Fran. You should have stuck with NYC, and left it at that.

BigT March 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Yeah Steven: Your’e a F*#kin RACIST…just like Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama. So STFU…I don’t give a $#!* what race you claim or where the F*#k you live, Idiot…

Just because the media has convinced you that you cannot do anything wrong…all that makes you is IGNORANT…

Steven Leser March 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Yeah, you don’t seem to care much for facts in general. That much is clear.

Steven Leser March 15, 2013 at 12:48 pm

What is clear is that you don’t seem to care much for facts in general and love making stuff up. I can make stuff up too, like you have an unhealthy obsession with dromedary camels.

Mike at the Beach March 14, 2013 at 11:42 pm

…and…
I call BS on your San Fran line. Those clowns would elect Hugo Chavez’ corpse before they would vote for ol’ W.

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Steven Leser March 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm

That is the point of what I said. They would elect almost anyone before ‘W’. But Alvin would find a way to screw that up.

TheRightLeft March 14, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Crwaford actually was speaking from his heart and showing us a peek behind the curtains of decency that GOP, displays, especially in the south, having the worst human rights record of the near past. The Confederate legacy of behind the door racism slips out when people like Crwaford open their mouths. They just dont know when to keep their mouths shut and to speak like this only in private.

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BigT March 14, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Tim Scott Dumb@$$…
Yet look what yall did to Alvin Greene…when he had a chance to be a US Senator…you attacked him w/ Hate and fury….
You’re a F*#kin Idiot to call anyone but yourselves Racist…

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sleser March 14, 2013 at 8:16 pm

You are kidding right? Alvin Green couldn’t beat George W. Bush for mayor in San Francisco or New York City. Thats why we Democrats were pissed off that he somehow won the nomination.

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BigT March 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Tim Scott was elected by Republicans…yet you HATED Alvin Greene…Why are you a RACIST, Steve…????

You hated Alvin Greene because he was not your Chosen White Boy…

You are a Racist Party, that uses blacks for power and to eat high off the hog…

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sleser March 14, 2013 at 8:52 pm

LOL, I am multiracial BigT, part African American and part Hispanic. AND I live in Harlem. You wanna try that racist bit again?

Huckleberry Finn March 14, 2013 at 10:01 pm

I will give it a shot. You obviously don’t like living near white people, which makes you a racist.

sleser March 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I am also white. As I said, multiracial, not bi-racial. I also live on the border of Harlem and the upper west side, which is pretty white. Harlem is getting pretty multi-racial now too, btw.

sid March 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Harlem? Why the interest in South Carolina politics?

I can understand your knowledge of NYC politics, but I think you are way off on San Fran. They haven’t elected a Republican Mayor since 1964, and haven’t elected a Republican to the Board of Supervisors since 1973. If it was a simple head-to-head race between Alvin Greene as a Democrat, and virtually ANY Republican, Greene would win in San Fran. He would absolutely crush Bush in your hypothetical race.

sleser March 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm

1. Crawford’s statements have made national news.
2. The point of the tongue-in-cheek mentioning Alvin’s hypothetical failure in a match-up in NYC or San Fran with George W. Bush (who is just about Democrats’ least favorite Republican out there, maybe Cheney is less well thought of) is that he is a complete loser of a candidate.

sid March 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm

You’d think you’d be commenting on a national site, since there’s so much national attention. It just seems odd that you’d want to share your opinions on a primarily SC site. But I guess that’s the Yankee way.
I get the attempt at humour, but with most good political humour, there needs to be a basis in reality of some sort. That’s where you went wrong. Again, Alvin Greene would absolutely crush Bush in San Francisco. The fact that such a bad candidate could get nearly 30% in deep-red SC should tell you he would do just find in so-blue-it’s-almost-black San Fran. You should have stuck with NYC, and left it at that.

BigT March 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Yeah Steven: Your’e a F*#kin RACIST…just like Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama. So STFU…I don’t give a $#!* what race you claim or where the F*#k you live, Idiot…

Just because the media has convinced you that you cannot do anything wrong…all that makes you is IGNORANT…

sleser March 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Yeah, you don’t seem to care much for facts in general. That much is clear.

sleser March 15, 2013 at 12:48 pm

What is clear is that you don’t seem to care much for facts in general and love making stuff up. I can make stuff up too, like you have an unhealthy obsession with dromedary camels.

Mike at the Beach March 14, 2013 at 11:42 pm

…and…
I call BS on your San Fran line. Those clowns would elect Hugo Chavez’ corpse before they would vote for ol’ W.

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sleser March 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm

That is the point of what I said. They would elect almost anyone before ‘W’. But Alvin would find a way to screw that up.

Buz Martin March 14, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Leave my cousin Kris alone. LEAVE HIM ALONE!!!

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9" March 14, 2013 at 8:54 pm

at least ya’ll can’t make two-headed babies;not to worry;-)

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Boz Martin March 14, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Leave my cousin Kris alone. LEAVE HIM ALONE!!!

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9" March 14, 2013 at 8:54 pm

at least ya’ll can’t make two-headed babies;not to worry;-)

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nobody March 14, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Clearly he’s playing both sides of the fence: sports coat and short sleeves.

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southmauldin March 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm

I agree. Sportcoat + polo shirt = tool. Sportcoat + mock turtleneck = the coach for the Heat that looks like Ron Jeremy. Sportcoat + tshirt = Kevin McHale.

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nobody March 14, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Clearly he’s playing both sides of the fence: sports coat and short sleeves.

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southmauldin March 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm

I agree. Sportcoat + polo shirt = tool. Sportcoat + mock turtleneck = the coach for the Heat that looks like Ron Jeremy. Sportcoat + tshirt = Kevin McHale.

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BigT March 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm

He ACTUALLY is expressing exactly what FITS espouses…

Anytime, anything is done that Blacks and/or liberals don’t like…they claim it’s because of RACE…and FITS is in lockstep w/ that (remember that you all claim Voter ID is minority voter supression, despite the fact democrats can get 110% of the vote in cheater precincts)…

Crawford is saying what you, and every liberal, says and already believe w/ All your heart..

The Stupid and the Race obsesssed cannot see ANYTHING but Race. FITS, you prove that. Crawford is just saying what you believe….
If he’s an idiot (he is)…so are you….

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BigT March 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm

He ACTUALLY is expressing exactly what FITS espouses…

Anytime, anything is done that Blacks and/or liberals don’t like…they claim it’s because of RACE…and FITS is in lockstep w/ that (remember that you all claim Voter ID is minority voter supression, despite the fact democrats can get 110% of the vote in cheater precincts)…

Crawford is saying what you, and every liberal, says and already believe w/ All your heart..

The Stupid and the Race obsesssed cannot see ANYTHING but Race. FITS, you prove that. Crawford is just saying what you believe….
If he’s an idiot (he is)…so are you….

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Granny McCall's Nephew March 14, 2013 at 7:53 pm

To quote a recent e-mail that I received from a Tennessean, the seven words that we Southerners should have learned are:

“We should have picked our own cotton.”

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Granny McCall's Nephew March 14, 2013 at 7:53 pm

To quote a recent e-mail that I received from a Tennessean, the seven words that we Southerners should have learned are:

“We should have picked our own cotton.”

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BigT March 14, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Blacks in SC vote in a RACIST Block…and Idiots like FITS are MUM…
When you vote 99% for Obama despite his TOTAL Failure…you are the EPITOME of Racism is America…That IS the democrat party..Racism IS the democrat party….

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Luke Givens March 14, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Oh yeah, they should instead just vote for morons like this, just to prove a point to some semi-literate troglodyte like yourself.

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BigT March 15, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Go read the Alvin Greene comments…Dumb@$$…

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Steven Leser March 15, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Good luck getting anything resembling a coherent thought out of that one. We would have to be happy an incompetent fool won the nomination to represent our party in a US senate race or we are racists according to him.

Get a load of BigT’s warped hypocrisy: In one statement to you, he is calling South Carolina Democrats racists for all voting for an African American man for President, but the fact that SC Democrats didn’t want to vote for another African American man for Senate makes them racists.

We need the logical equivalent of a Salvador Dali’s ability to perceive the insane to translate that one for us.

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Isotope Soap March 15, 2013 at 3:57 pm

I just fact checked BigT’s unhealthy obsession with dromedary camels. Sure enough, I threw up a little in my mouth!

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BigT March 14, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Blacks in SC vote in a RACIST Block…and Idiots like FITS are MUM…
When you vote 99% for Obama despite his TOTAL Failure…you are the EPITOME of Racism is America…That IS the democrat party..Racism IS the democrat party….

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Luke Givens March 14, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Oh yeah, they should instead just vote for morons like this, just to prove a point to some semi-literate troglodyte like yourself.

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BigT March 15, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Go read the Alvin Greene comments…Dumb@$$…

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sleser March 15, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Good luck getting anything resembling a coherent thought out of that one. We would have to be happy an incompetent fool won the nomination to represent our party in a US senate race or we are racists according to him.

Get a load of BigT’s warped hypocrisy: In one statement to you, he is calling South Carolina Democrats racists for all voting for an African American man for President, but the fact that SC Democrats didn’t want to vote for another African American man for Senate makes them racists.

We need the logical equivalent of a Salvador Dali’s ability to perceive the insane to translate that one for us.

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John Boy March 15, 2013 at 3:57 pm

I just fact checked BigT’s unhealthy obsession with dromedary camels. Sure enough, I threw up a little in my mouth!

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Liberace's Revenge March 14, 2013 at 9:27 pm

actually 2 of the top 5 are minorities and 2 are prob gay – the only straight white guy is Bobby Harrell – see what that gets you?

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Liberace's Revenge March 14, 2013 at 9:27 pm

actually 2 of the top 5 are minorities and 2 are prob gay – the only straight white guy is Bobby Harrell – see what that gets you?

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nitrat March 14, 2013 at 9:46 pm

That sure doesn’t look like the guy in the picture that SCNOW.COM ran on this same story earlier this week…

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nitrat March 14, 2013 at 9:46 pm

That sure doesn’t look like the guy in the picture that SCNOW.COM ran on this same story earlier this week…

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