Vincent Sheheen’s “Apu” Moment

SOUTH CAROLINA DEMOCRAT CRITICIZED FOR ALLEGEDLY RACIST REMARK S.C. State Senator Vincent Sheheen (D-Camden) is facing criticism from Republican officials in the wake of an allegedly racist comment made about “Republican” Gov. Nikki Haley during a newspaper editorial board meeting. “She shows up at every 7-11 that hires a clerk,”…


S.C. State Senator Vincent Sheheen (D-Camden) is facing criticism from Republican officials in the wake of an allegedly racist comment made about “Republican” Gov. Nikki Haley during a newspaper editorial board meeting.

“She shows up at every 7-11 that hires a clerk,” Sheheen told The Aiken Standard this week. “It’s wonderful that this country has been coming out of the recession, but we’re way behind. There is a record number of people dropping out of the workforce.”

First of all, Sheheen is right … South Carolina’s unemployment rate has been falling, but that’s because the state’s labor participation rate is hovering at all-time lows.

But referencing Haley – an Indian-American – in the same sentence as “7-11 clerk?”

Probably not smart …

“When will South Carolina Democrats actually think before they speak?” a leading Haley backer told FITS. “You would have thought they learned after the ‘Sikh Jesus’ incident and Harpootlian.”

For those of you not hip to the local history, our source is referring to an infamous comment made by S.C. Senate Democratic Caucus director Phil Bailey – and more recent comments made by former S.C. Democratic Party chairman Dick Hartpootlian.

Prior to that, a member of Haley’s own party once referred to her as a “rag head.”

Don’t get us wrong, this isn’t a controversy … or at least it isn’t yet. However if national Republicans realize they can accuse Sheheen of calling Haley a “7-11 clerk” (thus forcing him to explain the nuance of his actual statement) – watch out.

Democrats have been playing the race card hot and heavy lately against the GOP … don’t be surprised if the GOP uses a misquote of Sheheen’s remark in response.

UPDATE: Obviously our headline is an homage to Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, proprietor of the Springfield Kwik-E-Mart on The Simpsons. “Thank you! Come again!”

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DicksHair April 24, 2014 at 3:52 pm

What a stupid thing to say on Sheheen’s part. This will blow up.

Smirks April 24, 2014 at 3:54 pm


Oh well, he didn’t have a chance anyways.

Frank April 24, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Hell It is about time he told the truth Haley is turning our state into India a third world country look at the roads look at kids dying look at the low wages it goes on and on….

Jay Ellington April 24, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Because it’s Bush’s fault and you’re a racist.

Name of the Game April 24, 2014 at 4:35 pm

When does Ellington show up here?

Anytime Race is mentioned.

Jay Ellington April 24, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Check again Troll, I comment on a myriad of topics.

Deo Vindice SC April 24, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Look into the mirror.

Jay Ellington April 24, 2014 at 10:28 pm

What’s that supposed to mean exactly?

Deo Vindice SC April 24, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Bingo, it is Bush’s fault. Bingo again, you are a raciest. Congrats, the first poster to win double idiot.

Jay Ellington April 24, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Way to go DVSC, chronically unwitty per usual.

Deo Vindice SC April 24, 2014 at 9:42 pm

your witt is way past my intell, i agree.

Jay Ellington April 24, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Well knock me over with a feather, a libtard that doesn’t purport to be smarter than someone with a difference of opinion. There’s a first for everything.

CL April 24, 2014 at 4:10 pm

I am so sick to death of this identity politics gotcha game. Can we all just assume that our political opponents are decent (if hopelessly misguided) folks and point out why we think they are wrong on the merits rather than constantly trying to brand them as racist/sexist/homophobic et al?

idcydm April 24, 2014 at 4:15 pm

That wouldn’t sell many newspapers nor would it do much for the blogosphire but it would be nice.

Will Folks aka Sic April 24, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Exactly. I am in the business of moving mouses. If I happen to move a few minds in the process, well that’s nice too I guess.

idcydm April 24, 2014 at 4:29 pm

You’re in the business of selling advertisement anything else is secondary.

Deo Vindice SC April 24, 2014 at 7:31 pm

why attack will? don’t like freedom? Tango’s friend?Nikki’s friend? Nazi supporter?

idcydm April 24, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Tango, Nikki, Nazi…nice try.

Just stating the truth, if it wasn’t for advertisements we wouldn’t be commenting on this site.

Deo Vindice SC April 24, 2014 at 9:40 pm

welp, your it, truth for nazis.

idcydm April 24, 2014 at 9:49 pm

You really do need a Vindicator.

Bill April 24, 2014 at 11:17 pm

You think he should sit around and do this free, for our entertainment?

idcydm April 25, 2014 at 10:21 am


Jackie Chiles April 25, 2014 at 8:36 am

There’s ads on this page? I really wonder how Sic affords to live.

Elfego April 24, 2014 at 5:41 pm


Good Ole Boy April 24, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Nikki, Matt Moore & Co. are coming across as desperate! Thanks to Ervin, Sheheen will probably SC’s next Gov, which is probably better than what we currently have!

BillConnorREMF April 24, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Hi Tom!

Deo Vindice SC April 24, 2014 at 6:39 pm

More like realization that the people of SC are smarter than they thought. Any citizen of SC knows Nikki cares about Nikki. Others that would vote for her are raciest republicans and know that fact about themselves.

Elfego April 24, 2014 at 10:08 pm

You like Sheheen and his 7-11 store comment are the one’s that are racist. Keep smoking your pot,blowing smoke and booing the name of God and you will regret it someday.
As far as this article and unemployment these are the same standards that Obama and the Democrats use so quit you crying..

GrandTango April 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Ervin and Sheheen have more in common than Haley and Ervin. Same for French.

The D Brand is so despised, Ervin and French will likely take votes from the D. So Sheheen will lose even worse in 2014…as he should, consider 4 more miserable years of Obama, this time…

Hi, I'm Nikki April 24, 2014 at 4:41 pm

You want fries with that?

TontoBubbaGoldstein April 24, 2014 at 9:04 pm

“YOU DID NOT PAY FOR THAT SLUSHEE!!” may become the next “You did not build it.”

Thomas April 24, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Vince is a sikhs offender.

southmauldin April 24, 2014 at 4:53 pm

And Haley will play the poor-little-me victim card in 3, 2, 1….

Nölff April 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm

What do you call the black version of the Flintstones?

Jay Ellington April 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I know the answer, but I ain’t touching it.

Deo Vindice SC April 24, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Let me know the answer.

Googled April 24, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Google it.

Deo Vindice SC April 24, 2014 at 7:48 pm

me too. Race has nothing to do with Republicans. I guess Nikki proves that, right? These Republicans are a Nazi replica, very easy to see why whites vote republican every time. The Raciest party is in decline, can’t wait for the vote. Ellington already said it would be corrupt. Ratts are scared, along with Queen Rat, love it. Some day they will realize the rich are the problem, thanks to republicans, and thier party / corporation buddies. Serve the white master, slaves. Morons.

CorruptionInColumbia April 24, 2014 at 6:26 pm

I give up. What?

I know,but I'm not saying it April 24, 2014 at 8:10 pm Reply
Nölff April 25, 2014 at 2:45 pm

correct answer

jurisdoc April 24, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Sheheen is a wuss. I’ve lost any hope whatsoever that he will
unseat the rag head (according to Jake Knotts). At least he didn’t tell
the following joke:

You know why Indian women have a red dot on their forehead? Their
husband scratches it off to see if he won a 7-11 or a Motel 6.

Bad thing is, she isn’t qualified to run a 7-11. Just wish somebody would present a decent alternative.

SCBlues April 24, 2014 at 5:14 pm

What do “Indian-American” and “7-11 clerk” have to do with each other? Seriously.

TontoBubbaGoldstein April 25, 2014 at 9:25 pm

“TBG [Indian-American] and Mrs Jones [7-11 Clerk]…Mrs Jones… Mrs Jones… Mrs Jones….
We’ve got this thing…going on…
Now We Both know that it’s wrong
But it’s much too strong to let it go now…”

Not Ron. Not Rand. Not Les. Billy

SCBlues April 26, 2014 at 9:35 am

Is it a thing? I thought it was a thang.

Slim April 24, 2014 at 5:57 pm

I go to 7-11 all the time. I never see any Indian-Americans clerks. Keep walking. Nothing to see here.

GrandTango April 24, 2014 at 5:57 pm

FITS: You preached against voter integrity laws as racist…
So STFU…you Brain Dead idiot…

Deo Vindice SC April 24, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Tango, you hate everyone not white, why do you love Nikki? I’ll give you a clue, R.

GrandTango April 24, 2014 at 8:04 pm

To the contrary. I have a kinship w all Americans..and freedom lovers. You area color obsessed racist. That’s why you hate me…

TontoBubbaGoldstein April 24, 2014 at 9:02 pm

I have a kinship w all Americans…

You um ain’t kin to me, chief.

Big Tangoloid April 24, 2014 at 10:18 pm

When he says ‘kin’, it’s like kissing cousins type of kin.

GrandTango April 25, 2014 at 6:12 am

Aren’t you a NAZI?….So I’m inclined to agree w/ you…

Deo Vindice SC April 24, 2014 at 9:46 pm

im american, USMC vet 1982, you are a raciest white person, period. stew in you glory that will be non existent soon, moron.

Elfego April 24, 2014 at 10:10 pm

You sound like a self loathing Liberal Democrat!

Deo Vendice SC April 24, 2014 at 10:20 pm

I am a cock sucker that craves a self loathing Liberal Democrat up my ass!

GrandTango April 25, 2014 at 6:11 am

Hahaha..A liberal ADMITTING he is homosexual..
That is rare…you march in the streets for it…but when it roosts…you all flee…Congrats on admitting what you clutch for political power, but use to insult others as…

Elfego April 25, 2014 at 10:22 am

So you are a Homosexual! Now I understand.

Jay Ellington April 24, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Sounds like a threat to me.

GrandTango April 25, 2014 at 6:13 am

I was once racy…but now I’m married and have to tone it down some.

GrandTango April 25, 2014 at 8:02 am

Not sure what conflict was on-going in 82, but I don’t think you ever fought for this country, in combat…unless you were part of Carter’s FAILURE in Iran…

As I recall the Carter military was known as dope-smokers, filled w/ unfit recruits…So I’m guessing you were put out, or opted out, when Reagan came in and demanded (Thank God) a proud Marine Corps.

Further: You are an Obam-ite…which makes you an America-Hater…so some claim to military service 30-something years ago, is overshadowed by the disgrace, that you are TODAY…

Just look at the mess Obama has made…and it’s your F*#king STFU about some job you were given by the gov’t more than three decades ago…

Jay Ellington April 25, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Not sure if DVSC is saying he joined or discharged in 1982, but Grenada Invasion was in 1983.

GrandTango April 25, 2014 at 2:59 pm

The chances he was of the the 20 soldiers we sent over there are proably miniscule…

GrandTango April 25, 2014 at 3:22 pm

That was a very small cadre, likely volunteers. Most liberals, at least modern-day, are not the volunteering type, in the service.

Many of them are in, as political soldiers behind enemy lines…so they can provide ‘intel’ to leftwing politicians to damage our military once they get out…

TontoBubbaGoldstein April 25, 2014 at 9:17 pm

“Dad. What’s Grenada?”

Sorry, TBG couldn’t find the video.

euwe max April 27, 2014 at 5:25 pm
TontoBubbaGoldstein April 27, 2014 at 8:22 pm

YOU DA MAN!!!!!!

euwe max April 27, 2014 at 8:34 pm

one stop shop.

Deo Vendice SC April 24, 2014 at 10:18 pm

And another thing….I am a dick eating pervert that hates this country! 1982 USMC vet that took it up the ass before Strom told that cute Navy white guy his lifestyle was not normal.

Saluda Rapids April 24, 2014 at 10:22 pm

No, you are hated b/c you are douchebag, that’s all.

Smirks April 25, 2014 at 7:54 am

“I have a kinship w all Americans..”

“You are a color obsessed racist.”

Heyyy, you admitted it! You have kinship with color-obsessed racists!

GrandTango April 25, 2014 at 7:59 am

First of all, if you suck off Obama, like you do…you are Anti-American…Americans ENDED Slavery…you, like the DEMOCRAT, SLAVEOWNERS, perpetuate it….

Soft Sigh from Hell April 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Such thuggery, such currying favor, such slashing of sacred cows, such whirling of dervishes, crying out from their gleaming Taj Mahals, the self-styled Brahmins. Are we normal people simply now outcasts? To the famed “Black Hole” with them!

This just in. . . April 24, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Republicans Blast Nevada Rancher for Failing to Use Commonly Accepted Racial Code Words

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) — Republican politicians blasted the Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy on Thursday for making flagrantly racist remarks instead of employing the subtler racial code words the G.O.P. has been using for decades.

“We Republicans have worked long and hard to develop insidious racial code words like ‘entitlement society’ and ‘personal responsibility,’?” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky). “There is no excuse for offensive racist comments like the ones Cliven Bundy made when there are so many subtler ways of making the exact same point.”

Fox News also blasted the rancher, saying in a statement, “Cliven Bundy’s outrageous racist remarks undermine decades of progress in our effort to come up with cleverer ways of saying the same thing.”

Ludwig Von Mises April 24, 2014 at 7:48 pm

It’s ben fun oday watching the Right Wing extremists run like scalded pigs from this old nutty racist bastard they’ve sanctified over the past few weeks.Hannity was particularly entertaining.Another “Freedom Fighter” bites the dust.Tis a shame.

Hippocritters April 24, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Not as funny as watching the Progressive extremists plug their ears and say “nah nah nah, I can’t hear you” in regard to Harry Reid:

“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) apologized today for referring to President Barack Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect” in private conversations during the 2008 presidential campaign.”I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words,” said Reid in a statement.”

Sarah Palin Forever! April 24, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Great comeback Republican!The old “yeah but” routine?

Bible Thumper April 24, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Democrat “This Just in” started the “yeah but” with Clive Bundy. This article is about Sheheen, not Bundy.

Whining Whiners April 24, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Yep, his “yea but” was “yea but”‘ed. Tough shit, turn around is fair play.

Godslayer April 25, 2014 at 11:01 am

Oh no! Caught being racists again! Deflect! Deflect!

TontoBubbaGoldstein April 24, 2014 at 9:06 pm

ben fun oday

TBG has quaffed a Guiness or twelve with that guy.

SCBlues April 25, 2014 at 9:50 pm

ben fun oday
That’s a graduate of Hooked on Phonics . . .

GrandTango April 24, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Obama- the POTUS- insulted his grandmother as ‘a typical white woman’and your bigot @$$ went silent…so STFU now….

Slartibartfast April 28, 2014 at 9:32 pm

My, what a Sterling comment!

eneils bailey April 24, 2014 at 8:19 pm

I would use it against him in a minute. The Democrats jump like frogs after all off-color remarks by Republicans. Play by the Dem’s rules, especially when they break them.

nitrat April 24, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Just a bit far-fetched.

Vanguard16 April 24, 2014 at 10:16 pm

I’m sure she planned the ‘commerce’ trip to India to get more 7-11s and motels.

Feeling Screwed April 25, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Was that the $400,000 5-day affair to the Paris Air Show then Munich, lodging at the Paris Ritz, drinks with Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia?

Question April 25, 2014 at 5:10 am

Looks like you are posting the majority of your articles in the evening. How is the new day job going?

sammy April 25, 2014 at 8:35 am

DSS Fails To Comply With State’s 24 Hour Response Law

Jackie Chiles April 25, 2014 at 8:35 am

Oh give me a break.

ted April 25, 2014 at 9:58 am

Well, let’s see, she just accused him of being a fan of sex offenders. She obviously does not understand that he was just doing his job. How desperate is the Haley camp? Very!

Cope101 April 25, 2014 at 10:28 am

Although that does remind me of Biden’s racist comment about 7-11s, I don’t think Sheheen’s comment was racist. He’s just saying that Haley takes advantage of every job hire regardless of how small it is

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon April 25, 2014 at 11:42 am

my joke this day:
What does Homer Simpson make his bread with?


We at Quik-E-Mart endorse rag-heads, spicks, wops, darkies, chinks, slant-eyes, LGBTs, GOPs and other honorable paying customers.

ted April 25, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Just last week, a prominent state employee told me that Haley is turning SC into a third world country within a country.

Hi, I'm Nikki April 25, 2014 at 6:25 pm

You want fries with that?

tater salad April 25, 2014 at 3:17 pm

My friend who IS Indian and DOES own a convenience store says the Indians are embarrassed by her.

Drake April 26, 2014 at 10:22 am

About time Sheheen….grew so balls…this state has turned to shit since Jenny Sandfraud..spent money to get Haley in office..out state is now operated like the Indian Caste system….I wil give Haley this she is a goddamn..good liar.

Curious people want to know April 26, 2014 at 2:54 pm

I’m still waiting for Will’s book about his two-year affair with Nikki. You know, the one he told us about. Before he got married.

Boz April 27, 2014 at 12:33 pm

curry or lotus flavor? favorite position? screamer? how long she go on? how long she stay over? man i’d love to know

exfl April 27, 2014 at 3:29 pm

7-11 and India? That is REALLY reaching for an insult. In whose mind is there such an association? People who get their education from “The Simpsons”?

SPRINGFIELD April 27, 2014 at 3:40 pm


Slartibartfast April 28, 2014 at 2:20 am

See.. now that’s just sneaky. When I read the headline, I thought it was about somebody criticizing somebody else for touching the magazines. Dadgummit!

eneils bailey April 28, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Even with Tom Ervin in the race, Sheheen needs all the help he can muster to stay competitive in the governor’s race. Taking cheap shots may have a certain appeal to his constituency, but usually they have a way of backfiring.
Take it out, throw it on the ground, then dance all over it.


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