VINCENT SHEHEEN FEELS THE BURN …
This website has written extensively on S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen’s fateful decision to endorse the Medicaid expansion associated with Obamacare.
(For a recap of why Sheheen’s move was so boneheaded, CLICK HERE. For a recap of why he did it anyway, CLICK HERE).
Well guess what: We weren’t kidding when we said this move was likely to cost the liberal lawmaker his chance at upsetting incumbent Gov. Nikki Haley (RINO-Lexington) in the 2014 South Carolina gubernatorial election.
This week, the Republican Governors Association (RGA) began nailing Sheheen’s 2014 coffin shut – airing the first of what we can only assume will be many advertisements linking him to this fateful decision.
“Remember this guy, Vincent Sheheen?” the ad’s narrator begins.
The thirty-second spot – which has an estimated $200,000 investment behind it – proceeds to take direct aim at Sheheen’s position, saying he “wants to use Obamacare for a $2 billion expansion of Medicaid in South Carolina.”
Take a look …
(Click to play)
For those of you keeping score at home, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s administration is growing Medicaid three times as fast as the average state rejecting Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. Hell, South Carolina’s estimated 16 percent growth rate for the coming year is faster than the average state that’s taking the Obamacare money.
No … really.
But none of that matters now. Why not? Because the reckless, unsustainable level of Medicaid growth pushed by Haley – which will cost taxpayers at least half a billion in the current fiscal year alone – wasn’t enough for Sheheen.
He simply couldn’t resist pushing for still more money …
And now he’s going to pay the political price for his greediness … when he could have (with a modicum of restraint) been running ads just like this against Haley.
SC should have gone for the medicaid expansion IMO. I will vote Sheheen over Haley any day of the week.
You would vote for Adolf Hitler if he had a D next to his name and was pro-gay marriage.
A vote for Haley is a vote for all that’s wrong in this country. Leaders selling themselves to the highest bidder like Haley and the Koch brothers. And you would vote for Satan if he was a Teaturd.
No mo political ho!
Do you have brown eyes? Just wondering. You are such a dumbass… GT’s twin.
Weak response. Please come back with better insults in the future.
No, I’m afraid you have that backwards. SC would elect Hitler even if Jesus made his second coming and ran as a Democrat.
Sheheen isn’t the only one who could run this state better than Haley. I hate to say it, but even Sanford himself would be better than what we have now.
Gotta go with Smirks on this one – dumb is electing the same party to power year after year after year after year whilest your economy resembles that of a third world country. Drive off the interstates in SC these days and it’s just plain scarey.
Yes, it is really funny that this state has been Republican for so long (at least since when all the racist Democrats flipped) and the idiots here blame the Democrats! I am not even a Democrat and I can see that it is Republicans versus Republicans in every election (the far right wing versus the far far loony right wing). How are we to expect Republicans to fix the Republican mess?
Is he running against Haley?
I’ll agree with that. We already paid the taxes, now that money goes to other states and we have to foot the bill for “HaleyCare” ourselves. Cutting off the nose to spite the face comes to mind. I’d rather an honest but misguided Democrat I can predict rather than a so-called Republican whose only goal is personal gain.
I would say not he is paying anything, look at Haley’s record:: All south Carolinian data will be compromised under her and the other Teaturds watch. Sold us out to Georgia for a speaking deal. The massive DHEC failure. If all those rednecks that voted for her knew the real Haley the would not vote for this fake again…
Data compromise?????…LMAO…Hahahaha…You may be the BIGGEST F*#king Liberal [email protected]$$ on Earth…and that is saying A LOT….
The SC “data breach” has led to BETTER ID protection for me, FREE of charge. The gov’t giving me some of MY money BACK!!……
While Obama is Totally F*#king up w/ private data w/ the worthless and failed Obamacare scheme…What a [email protected]$$ you are…Hahahaha…
Too stupid to articulate a response…as usual…
GrandTango speaking about failing to “articulate”? That little tirade of yours some two hours ago, is simply a fine example of what a FUNCKIN ASSHOLE you are!!!! You are the poster child of redneck bullshit that comes from this most backward and poverty riddled state. Do you or can you comprehend that this state gets more money from the federal government than it sends to Washington. So be thankful that there a federal government top support you.
Translation: You hate me because I’m not some Robotic idiot liberal, who believes everything your god-Obama says. How ignorant you are…
PS: I send money to the federal Gov’t (I PAY taxes) as an American you F*#king idiot.
I’m an American. I don’t measure what the gov’t steals from citizens based on what state they are in…are you a [email protected]$$ secessionist???
Nope, no robotic idiot liberal, just a caveman dumbass Republican.
You are entertaining – no doubt about it. A day without GT is like a day without orange juice. Don’t agree with a word you say – but love the posts nonetheless.
You don’t agree w/ a word I say: I’m opposed to Obamacare…Do you agree with Obamacare, knowing what we now know?
I love the ACA!
GrandTango FUCK YOU ASSHOLE. Since when does some low life hillbilly like you have a job or any money. Is your trailer a single or double wide shit head?????
Mythology much???…….Typical liberal response…LMAO…
Call up Haley’s campaign and tell them how you want to star in an ad extolling the virtues of how you benefitted from the data breach. They are probably stupid enough to take you up on it. A self-serving, minor league, not ready for prime time governor paired with a simple-minded, tea-bagging, off his meds dolt such as yourself is a perfect combo.
So tell me, Dwight Schrute: You need more, because that is about as articulate one can get when responding to your pablum.
Fuck you….millions of tax payer money wasted due to your Queen Fucktard!
You are clearly a Bible-Belt Christian from your use of language as well as your impeccable reasoning. I hope that you are still handling poisonous snakes. You should do that and show us all how Charles Darwin was wrong.
You’re a Racist.
Obama insulted his grandmother as a “Typical White Woman” yet you worship as your god. Racism is rot. See how Obama has failed. Thank God his hate is not benefiting him. You are a failure too, spiritually at least, if you do not stop hating based on skin color.
Idiot. NOTHING is free. The “free ID protection” is costing the state, which means using tax dollars to pay for it. So much for free. What high school was it you failed to graduate from????
Again: I have free ID protection because I paid taxes. Instead of wasting more money on a mis-managed Medicaid expansion, a taxpayer, not a hand-out taker, gets funds directed at me.
Best thing since ‘W’ sent us those rebates checks 10-plus years ago. Republicans look after the builders…not the loafers. I love that.
Obama has done nothing but cost us more and screwed up prosperity for all. Even the beggars are being cut off because Obama is so incompetent.
Actually, they tend to IGNORE the builders…. you know, the guys actually doing the work BUILDING. Instead, they work to increase the wealth of the upper class while making every effort to prevent those who work hard and create from getting ahead. Just look at all the recent changes to intellectual property rights! Even if you create a wonderful new invention at home, the corporations have angles to claim ownership.
Obama is the one pumping $85 Billion a month into Wall St. so the rich, w/ money to invest, keep getting fatter. Families are not doing so well since late 2008, when Obama took over the federal Gov’t.
Under Bush, my business flourished, jobs were plentiful, household incomes were rising, energy cost less and there was a much better sense of economic security.
You are actually FULL Of CRAP ( and clichés) that only the ignorant believe.
In the early days, the iconic (and ironic) image of D.C.-hating Tea
Partiers was a sign reading: “Keep your government hands off my
Medicare.” Occasionally their protest placards added a little profanity
to that directive. Right now, though, Tea Partiers should be cursing
their Republican bedfellows.
While privately laughing at a group that would demand the government
keep its hands off of a government program, Republicans propped up Tea
Partiers with corporate-backed groups like Americans for the Prosperous,
giving them untold millions in funding.
Tea Partiers, in return, took up the Republican attack on the
Affordable Care Act, seeking to deny health care for 50 million
uninsured Americans while insisting no one touch their health
insurance—Medicare. Last week, though, the GOP threw Tea Partiers under
the bus. And the guy who shoved first was Tea Party darling Rep. Paul
Ryan, R-Wis., who proposed in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that House Republicans forget about defunding the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicare instead.
Soon after President Obama was first elected, a ragtag bunch of
protesters, egged on by rabid right-wing talk show hosts, took to public
squares with Gadsten Flags and signs protesting the Wall Street
bailout, government in general and any attempt to cut Medicare or Social
Security. Conservative, libertarian and business groups seized this
opportunity, providing the supposedly grassroots groups with massive financial backing.
Bankrolling, schooling and organizing the motley protesters provided
wealthy, right-wing ideologues like the Koch brothers with a mechanism
to convert their personal agenda into what appeared to be a movement.
Early on these right wing subsidizers, from Heritage Action for America and FreedomWorks to Club for Growth and the Koch brothers’ Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, opposed the Affordable Care Act. They goaded and organized Tea Partiers to protest it at town meetings across America.
Together, right-wing money and “grassroots” Tea Partiers, supported GOP
candidates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, who promised to destroy the
Affordable Care Act, even though it was based on a health insurance plan
Romney had instituted as governor of Massachusetts.
Unfazed when the American people rejected Romney and Ryan, the
well-heeled right-wingers met in Washington shortly after President
Obama’s second inauguration to devise a new scheme to kill the Affordable Care Act.
They concocted a plan to persuade conservative lawmakers to refuse to
finance the federal government until Democrats and President Obama
agreed to defund the act. Two weeks ago, Republicans in the House began holding the government hostage to that demand.
At first, the GOP and Tea Party thought it was all good. They hate the
government, so shutting it down was fun for them. They hate the
Affordable Care Act, so plotting extortion to destroy it was a kick for
But then, stuff started going wrong for them.
The American people didn’t like the government shutdown. They wanted their National Parks open. They wanted their food inspected and salmonella outbreaks stopped. They wanted all World War II veterans
to regain easy access to the monument dedicated to them. They wanted
the families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan to be flown to meet
Businessmen and women were angry too. The indefinite shutdown created uncertainty and cut profits. More than 800,000 furloughed federal workers weren’t spending money on Main Street. Untold millions weren’t visiting national parks and monuments, and thus weren’t spending at local hotels and restaurants. Businesses couldn’t get federally guaranteed loans.
While Americans weren’t happy with politicians in general, they blamed Republicans in particular. The GOP favorability rating dropped 10 percentage points in a month, to the lowest for either party since Gallup began asking the question in 1992.
By contrast, the Affordable Care Act seemed to get high favorability
ratings. After the exchanges opened on October 1, high demand caused
delays and crashes on the website where the uninsured could sign up for
And then there was what must have felt like a real smack in Tea Party face. Koch Industries, owned by the Koch brothers, sent a letter to members of Congress Wednesday
denying that Koch had supported shutting down the government to extract
defunding of the Affordable Care Act. Instead, Koch claimed it
supported reducing government debt and spending.
And that’s exactly what Ryan offered. Among other things, he wants to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
In the past, Ryan and Republicans have proposed privatizing Social
Security and voucherizing Medicare. In both cases, the government would
tell the elderly: “You are on your own, grandma.” If your investments
don’t work out, eat cat food. If you can’t afford the cost of medical
care beyond what the voucher will pay, go lie down and die.
House Republicans last week embraced his proposal.
Some Tea Partiers took umbrage at that, whining that Ryan didn’t
mention their demand for the death of the Affordable Care Act.
Like their original confusion about who provides them with Medicare,
the Tea Partiers have it all muddled again. They’re crying about 50
million uninsured Americans retaining access to doctors under the
Affordable Care Act instead of protesting, as they did in their early
days, the Republican attempt to strangle Medicare.
Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid and other crucial government
programs that benefit all Americans can be saved. For a start: Lift the
cap on Social Security taxes so that they’re paid on all income as Medicare taxes are.
Tax capital gains at the same rate wages are. Mandate competition by
drug companies providing pharmaceuticals under Medicare Part D.
That is what the Tea Party should be demanding. Their signs should read: “Get your dirty GOP hands off my Medicare!”
Be gone from her sir.
There is no room for rational statements on this board.
Thank god for Obamacare. Now I’ve got health insurance that covers pre-existing conditions. Sheheen is on the right track.
Do you know if they will treat these little pustules that come and go on my penis? They have existed for some time, now. In fact, they existed ever since I met Tango. He had the same kind of pustules around his anus and he said they had existed for quite a while before I poked him for the first time.
Check with Al Capone’s last doctor.
We spend more than the next ten countries combined on defense. Perhaps we could divert a little of that to Medicare and Medicaid. Just what are we so afraid of, anyway?
Keep watching the world news, you’ll get a perfect response to that last question.
How much more should we spend on the military above and beyond which we are now spending and how does spending more money on the military have anything to do with whats happening in the Ukraine?
Most other developed nations have universal health care and have lower health care costs than we do. Fewer medical bankruptcies, too. Is that what we’re afraid of?
That’s BS and if you don’t know it you should read other material than the Democrat talking points.
I know actual facts mean nothing to a Republican;however the above statement by Smirks is correct.Most countries do have universal health care.You may disagreethat they do,but that doesnt change the fact.
yaaaawwwwwwnnnnnn. Guess everybody has to make a living somehow. Ask the Democrats to update the talking points, those are getting stale.
Where the hell did you find that old worn out cliche. Damn man, try this century
WOW, FITS !!
You should open a psychic hotline!
Who in their wildest dreams would have guessed that an arm of the Republican party would attach a Democrat about Obamacare??!! You have the sharpest political mind in the country, that’s for sure!!
Can you tell us what the winning lottery numbers are this week?
The REAL story is that the RGA felt the need to shore up Haley when she has plenty of money of her own, and there are about 30 other Governor’s races this year. This one should be in the bag for the GOP, but obviously it isn’t or they would not be spending money to shore her up.
Get a clue, FITS.
Hate being reminded of what you are…don’t you???…
If it’s any consolation, I don’t blame you…That is one ugly albatross hanging around your neck…All that failure, w/ the lies running out, has a lot of democrats running scared….
Given the current popularity, or lack thereof, of the Republican Party, you have no room to even talk.
As long as you are a Republican, I’ll always know I’m in the right party.
Incumbent Republican wins South Carolina election. Also, scientists confirm sky is actually blue, not orange. More at 11.
And most South Carolinians STILL can’t read….. Back to you in the studio, Smirks.
$200,000 isn’t worry, they’re just trying to honor her with this token of support.
They won’t spend real money here unless she does something that kills her poll numbers.
They don’t ‘honor’ people that aren’t in tight races. If this were an internet ad, you would be right, but a TV buy this early means trouble. They want to nip this threat in the bud, but it is a threat.
I don’t believe Ms. Haley has any serious problems with Mr. Sheheen. I don’t think the RGA has any fears about Mr. Sheheen’s chances. $200,000 is really chicken feed to these people in these kinds of races, if they keep doing this kind of stuff and the money racks up you are obviously correct but I don’t believe they will. If they spend a total of $500,000 I’ll be damned surprised. Ms. Haley has plenty of her own money and even at 500k all they, the RGA, would be doing is helping her save some money, it would be a “thank you” so to speak. She helps them financially and with morale with her personal appearances.
There are 36 Governor’s races this year. Except for Utah and maybe 1 other state, SC would be the Reddest state of those holding elections. There are plenty of GOP incumbents in close races, such as Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Maine. There are also several open seats they are defending too. By ANY measure, Haley under performed in 2010. Her approval numbers have been weak during her entire term. There is a strong TEA party element here that is not exactly happy with her. The RGA nearly got embarrassed here in 2010 and they don’t want to be caught napping again. She is the favorite certainly, but she is not a lock either.
I agree mostly but I don’t see it as a tight race, it’s Ms. Haley’s to lose.
Vinny Sheheen lost me when he voted for the corrupt Jean Toal. He absolutely knows how bad she is and what she has done, He could have brought about some modicum of respectability back to state government. Instead, he voted for the good ole boys back room system and has refused to discuss it. You’re a weak ass loser, Vinny. Go back to Camden and pet a horse.
Does Hayley live there?
This is an odd comment.Let me get this straight.You wont support Sheheen because he voted for Toal.A vote I might add I disagee with.
However, it pales in comparison to the BIGGEST scandal in SC history,the Haley ID theft which may affect people YEARS down the road,long after Jean Toal is dead and buried likely.
It pales in comparison to Haleys bungling as regards the Ports authority situation with Georgia which could well still be affecting the economy of this state long after the name Jean Toal is but a note in the back of some obscure textbook.
There are numerous other outrages she has perpetrated as we all know.She deserves to lose.Sheheen is no hero here,but he is the only viable alternative to the incompetent Haley.
On that basis ALONE one should vote for him.With all his faults, can one truly say he would be worse than what we have now?
You make a good point – Haley is perhaps over her head and not making good political decisions. Toal is out right, overtly corrupt and dishonest. I have to think this one through. Personalizing the SC Department of Revenue debacle to Haley is stretching it a bit, in my opinion, but I agree the Ports Authority situation was a poor decision.
does not compute. poor people went to the dr. before and we ended up paying for it through indigent care. now we pay for it through medicaid. what the fuck difference does it make? unless you are positing that poor people are getting sick more often after medicaid expansion, how is there a sane reason to oppose it? or the ACA for that matter?
The story here is the Republican Governors Association Chief Executive Fundraiser Chris Christie is bringing home the bacon. Six million deposited last January despite 24/7 coverage from angry white homosexuals and angry white old men over at MicroSoft National Broadcasting Corporation over a traffic study. Gov Christie raised 1.5 million just the other day not missing a beat.
As for Vince, he should have ran against one of the US Senators and the state Democrats should have put Mayor Steve on the ticket against Haley for some name recognition in 2018.
BTW, just purchased “House of Cards” season one. Saw the first two episodes. The best 20.00 I have spent since those “thumb” t-shirts when we humiliated Clemson’s football program, coaches, fans, and players with our fifth straight win. How ’bout the baseball team, since I am here. A Grayson grand slam to a three game Carolina sweep against Clemson!
baseball – just got the news – a Clemson fan called me, and he was bragging about Carolina – said Clemson was not doing badly…
Christie isn’t a fundraising genius, it is just the Koch Brothers adding to their investment. I bet if your ass was stuck in that traffic, you wouldn’t dismiss it so easily.
Still awaiting on your article on the college of Charleston President’s short list…guess who is one it? Exactly who you said wouldn’t be: Glenn McConnell.
Sheheen’s letter to Governor Chris Christy, Chairman of RGC (sponsors of the Haley ad criticizing Sheheen) = SCORE!
Well, is Slick Sheheen still the darling of the SC Chamber of Commerce now that they have come out in favor of Obamacare in SC? We’ll see, won’t we?
Who cares about all this uneducated bickering?. I think Nikki Haley is frigging HOT HOT HOT and then some. Fits can you pull up some of her latest pics and maybe some of those when you were lusting for her?????
Mrs. Haley is Mr. McMasters political daughter. This is known.
Which is why she has such a large war chest. Sheheen will no doubt win because money don’t matter and babies never lie, he’s going in the out door, hes doing alright. Stay the course Mr. Sheheen, because she may be the Captain of the boat but everybody knows that the boat is sinking, everybody knows that the Captain lies. The commercial sucks too, as does Obmacare, FREE medical care to all citizens!