The Molly Spearman Experiment

A DEMOCRAT RUNNING AS A REPUBLICAN: WILL IT WORK? We love Molly Spearman … as a person. She’s affable, bright, engaging … all traits that are very advantageous for a public official. Unfortunately, we don’t like Molly Spearman as an ideologue. In that regard, she is slightly to the left of…


We love Molly Spearmanas a person. She’s affable, bright, engaging … all traits that are very advantageous for a public official.

Unfortunately, we don’t like Molly Spearman as an ideologue. In that regard, she is slightly to the left of where we’d imagine the love child of Chairman Mao and Jane Fonda to be. Which is not a good place.

The executive director of the uber-liberal S.C. Association of School Administrators (SCASA), Spearman is among the most powerful leaders of the Palmetto State’s taxpayer-subsidized “education establishment,” a bureaucratic lobby dedicated to propping up (or trying to prop up) the worst government-run education system in the entire country.

Spearman’s other job? Attacking any parental choice proposal aimed at bringing more market-based accountability to system.

In Spearman’s world, taxpayers should continue shelling out $10 billion a year to produce abject, generational neglect – while the “educrats” responsible for this ongoing failure take taxpayer-funded vacations to the beach summer at her lavish coastal conferences.

Must … be … nice …

So as much as we like Spearman the person … we wouldn’t vote for her as dogcatcher if hers was the only name on the ballot.

The latest evidence of Spearman’s true ideological bent? The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier has an post up this weekend mentioning Spearman’s September 2013 political contribution to S.C. Rep. Mike Anthony’s bid for S.C. Superintendent of Education.

Anthony, a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, later dropped his candidacy … right around the time Spearman indicated she was going to seek the same post as a Republican.

Yes … a liberal bureaucratic union leader is running for South Carolina’s top education post as a Republican.

But while people keep expressing shock at this, Spearman isn’t that much different than the vast majority of GOP elected officials in South Carolina.

Welcome to the so-called “Reddest State in America,” right? Where our so-called “Tea Party governor” has advanced a fiscally liberal agenda on taxesspendingeducation and (most notably) government-subsidized health care – and where our so-called “Republican-controlled” legislature (led by former Democrats like S.C. Senate finance chairman Hugh Leatherman) continues to tax and spend recklessly. And corruptly …

Oh and duh … Lindsey Graham. Come on people: Graham was the only GOP lawmaker in Washington, D.C. (House or Senate) to embrace Barack Obama’s War on Energy.

Yet he’s running for reelection as a “conservative?”

Please …

As it relates to Spearman’s experiment (which may have more in common with Graham’s reelection bid than some would like to admit), people keep asking us “what in the world is a Democrat doing running in a South Carolina Republican primary?”

That’s not the real question, though …

The real question is: “Why are hundreds of Democrats already serving in elected office in South Carolina … as Republicans?”

The answer? Easy: There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties on the bread and butter fiscal issues that ought to matter to voters …

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Deo Vindice SC April 26, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Well, a republican in SC is always a shoe in. Anything anti-black, is gold. Nothing new here, see ya.

Barbarossa April 26, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Well shucks, I done be fooled agin… and awl duh while, I was thankin dat SEN Tim Scott was a cuz; now Deo Vindice is tellin me dat he must be sum kinda white dude in black face cause duh GOP is anti-black.. Lawd have mercy, thank yuh missuh Vindice for heping me see’s how bads dem mean ole Repubs is…. you f@cking idiot.

yaz April 26, 2014 at 10:23 pm

I got a self-proclaimed, former Elizabeth Colbert-Busch staffer (communications advisor/spokesman), stalking and harrasing my family.Calling my home and sending email at 3:00 A.M.!
Vindice, that yuse? You be boozin it up? Barbarossa, what the hell is wrong with these people?

Barbarossa April 26, 2014 at 10:39 pm

What’s wrong with them? Simple, their patronizing racist diatribe is centered on the believe that black people are f@cking idiots, and that they will forever keep voting them into office as long as they keep throwing 30 pieces of silver at them.

anonymous April 27, 2014 at 8:20 am

No, the blacks in South Carolina only rent their votes to the white Democratic elite on election day. Remember Harpo acknowledged it and said it. The Black Caucus was recently bought by Jean Toal.

Name of the Game April 27, 2014 at 10:10 am

Apparently a lot of Republicans were too.With EVERY member of the Black Caucus supporting her,Toal would have LOST at without REPUBLICAN votes.

RogueElephant April 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

Actually they were only rented by Jean Toal as well. Conservative black folks are welcome in the Republican Party. Notice CONSERVATIVE comes before race. People like Tim Scott and Leon Winn are always welcome. They are conservatives first.

skippy April 27, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Hmmm….you sure?

yaz April 27, 2014 at 9:11 pm

James Smith – Director of Communications

(843) 602-2918

Yes. Same phone number. HOWEVER, I believe James and I have reached an “understanding” ?

rebellozit April 26, 2014 at 8:41 pm

‘The answer? Easy: There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties on the bread and butter fiscal issues that ought to matter to voters …’
You are correct Will.Not ONE Republican voted for Obamacare and that proves there is no difference between the two parties and a voters health care should not matter toooo the voters.
Tom Ervin is apparently writing for FITSNEWS tonight. Buzz must have the night off. :-)
Watching Reds-Braves. See ya.

Fits Aint No Republican April 26, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Once again Fits,ince you’re not a “Republican”(heh heh heh) ,why are you lecturing as to who is?Spearman “says” she’s a Republican.You say you arent but you know what one is and she isnt one,then, again neither are you?


Of course,gee if one didnt know better one might conclude the following:

That you really ARE a Republican who often gets upset about certain others in your party,but who broadly supports the platform of that party,many of its officeholders and candidates and simply plays this “I Aint no Republican” routine so you can in effect have it both ways.

I would think that one making the above conclusion has pretty much got it RIGHT!

euwe max April 26, 2014 at 10:51 pm

We’ll know the truth if he authors an article with the heading: “Republicans are scum.”

Not too many ways to wiggle out of that.

GrandTango April 27, 2014 at 9:14 am

FITS party is a Failure….that’s why he’s so elusive about what he really is…

All of you people are so caught up in trying to lie about who and what you are…it’s to the point, it does not matter…We just want CONSERVATIVES…NO One else…

FITS, Graham, Mace, McCain, Davis, Ervin, Christy, French…you’re all different variations of democrats. And the democrats are dishonest about what they are, too.
NO One wants democrats after 6 years of Total democrat rule…We’re in a mess because of democrats and their very bad management and ignorant policies…

I wish there was a CONSERVATIVE Party…and all of the Liberal-Tarians, RINOs, moderates, Sanfords and FITS would stay the H#!! away from trying to incorporate its power and appeal…

Inciteful April 27, 2014 at 10:39 am

Republican=anti-black. Guess you don’t know history very well. Lincoln, (you know, the president who freed the slaves) was the first republican president. LBJ got far more support from republicans in passing the civil rights act than from democrats. Oh,…and nearly ALL of the congressional members of the KKK were democrats. So which party has a history of being anti-black?

Fits Aint No Republican April 27, 2014 at 11:50 am

Uh I said nothing about Republicans being anti Black.

Get who you are ranting at straight “Bubba.”

Inciteful April 28, 2014 at 11:31 am

Funny how the liberal/progressive cockroaches scamper for cover when the light of truth is shown brightly. Not a one of you clowns addressed the historical truths above about how republicans brought about all the real change in race legislation,…and the democrats resisted,…to the point of civil war.

Going To The GOP April 27, 2014 at 12:11 pm

“Oh,…and nearly ALL of the congressional members of the KKK were democrats.”

You left out Christian, too.

You’re not very inciteful if you still think Dixiecrats are in the Democrat Party…

History? April 27, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Humorously,most of those Republicans who supported the Civil Rights Act were Notheastern GOPers of the so called Rockefeller wing of the party.

Republicans who would be labelled “RINO “by their southern brethren today.One Republican who didnt support it?Barry Goldwater ,whose nomination in 1964 led Strom Thurmond to switch to the GOP.

Likely Strom switched cause all those Republicans voted for the CRA!

vicupstate April 28, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Indeed. The real determinate on who supported civil rights was North/South not Democrat/Republican.

Nearly all of NORTHERN Democrats AND Republicans supported civil rights. Nearly all SOUTHERN Democrats, AND 100% of southern Republicans did NOT support civil rights.

Tomocchio April 27, 2014 at 8:09 pm

All those tea party bible licking backwardass republicans can kiss my curriculum!!!

Tomocchio April 26, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Culture trumps strategy!!

anonymous April 26, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Molly is a sweet girl and all that. So vivacious and all that. However, she’s an Inez Tenenbaum deciple and Jean Toal follower to the hilt. An old time yellow dog Democrat through and through. More will come out as her name gets out there. And there is more.

GrandTango April 26, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Spearman represents the McCain, Christy, Ravenel, Mace, Davis, Sanford, FITS model of Triangulation…She’s just not as slick as Sanford or tricky as FITS thinks he is…

Remember: as soon as FITS was placed in a gravy-train gov’t position, after running for a Republican, he said he’d be just as comfortable, even eager to work as Jim Hodges top lackey, too…

Spearman represents in the same way…

RogueElephant April 26, 2014 at 11:26 pm

Spearman is part of the problem not part of the solution. Fits got this one right—not even dog catcher. I still like Meka Childs but there are too many in the race I know nothing about to make a hard choice yet.

GrandTango April 27, 2014 at 5:59 am

Good point. The Supt. race is similar to the US Senate Primary until Connor got in, and identified as the true Conservative. Hope Connor can get his message to enough voters and drown out the RINOs and pretenders.

Slartibartfast April 27, 2014 at 2:22 am

Anyone, ANYONE who thinks they can fix the pubic school system without a major firing of bureaucrats and a radical move to competitive choice for parents, will fail, and we will see this Commedia dell’Arte again in four years and billions more wasted.

West Columbia lawyer April 27, 2014 at 8:23 am

There is more to the incident between Molly’s family and Richard Breibart than has come out. It is noted that Jean Toal has not yet permitted her little personal SS, the ODC, to publish an opinion on Breibart because they don’t have the spin on Molly’s family situation down pat yet.

Concerned Citizen April 27, 2014 at 8:40 am The Spearman story on Post and Courier was obviously an Atwater hit piece. Did you notice how Atwater had time to prepare a written statement and had time to do 10 years of research on Spearman’s other donations while the other candidates seemed to know nothing about it? LOL. Lee has risen and the South Will Rise Again! Nearly all of Atwater’s money came from DC and her only two endorsements came from out of state, one being from a Bush (read my lips) and we all know the Bush family is pushing Common Core and amnesty and Jebby for Prez 2016!! Oh I do declare, vote for me because my husband is dead and a senile old goat endorsed me!! Lawdy lawdy!

ALG Sucks April 27, 2014 at 8:49 am

I”ll take the Molly Spearman experiment over the Howie Rich experiment any day.

Bible Thumper April 27, 2014 at 1:54 pm

It is not an experiment. It is the status quo.

No choice for you! April 27, 2014 at 7:51 pm

It’s funny to see ‘progressives’ argue for more status quo in a failed system.

This women is a perfect standard bearer for them. She’s a clown dressed in a yellow pear suit.

nitrat April 27, 2014 at 9:37 am

Sic calling someone else an ‘ideologue’…? I may toss my cookies.

Meh April 27, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Could you IMAGINE a Democrat turned Republican who was a former employees Union leader getting elected to office. Reagan has got to be turning over in his grave….laughing, since he was after all a former national union leader and a Demorcrat who turned Republican….

M326 April 28, 2014 at 9:41 am

Seems to me I remember Reagan being the head of the screen actors union. Perhaps he would not turn over, maybe smile a bit.

James April 27, 2014 at 6:20 pm

DSS Looking Into Another Child Death
Tim Smith, The Greenville News
12:19 p.m. EDT April 27, 2014
state official confirmed that the Department of Social Services is
looking into the death of a child, after The Greenville News inquired
about the investigation.

Haley keeps failing this state over and over again..

Vickie April 27, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Another child what the hell is wrong with this state…come on people this governor need to act and remove her batshit crazy numbers crunched.

M326 April 28, 2014 at 8:28 am

I think I will vote for her. She actually seems to know what she is talking about and is not so driven by ideology that she ignores the real problems. Count me in for the primary and the general. Go, girl!

Truth Squad April 28, 2014 at 10:33 am

We’ll like Spearman until she’s elected into office and switches back to being a Democrat. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks… unless that dog has been a red herring the whole time.

Molly Ringwald April 28, 2014 at 12:19 pm

I would almost rather her be a Democrat, she certainly embraces every bit of the liberal education philosophy. At least she wouldn’t be hiding as a Republican.

idiotwind April 28, 2014 at 9:19 am

scasa isn’t a union. is the NRA a union? is the sierra club a union? is the bar association or AARP unions? fuck you and your personal definitions for words FITS. get a out a dictionary and learn the language we all speak.

Tori April 28, 2014 at 10:20 am

What a sneaky, back-door way of putting a tax tax tax tax tax and spend spend spend liberal in charge of what THEY call “education.” In the name of “education,” THEY have made public education into a monster that acts as an employment agency and lines vendors/contractors/architects pockets with our tax dollars. THEY are strategically corrupting the minds of children and brainwashing the American public into thinking THEY are good. Molly Spearman is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Ronald Reagan said, “The biggest threat to America is not communism, it’s the public education system.” Doesn’t have to be that way, but we have become much too trusting. You’d think we would be more astute when it comes to the education of our children and the use of our hard-earned money.

west_rhino April 28, 2014 at 10:30 am

and thus RINOs find a spawn point in the game… almost bad as zombies in Swinecratcraft kakistocracy mod.

Dr. Pain April 28, 2014 at 12:16 pm

It is quite sickening that Spearman is the front runner for this office. Her contribution to Anthony is just the beginning. This race really doesn’t have any good candidates but she would be the absolute worse superintendent. The entire left-wing Lexington-Richland Five board and administration support her, too.

TyroneMamaCollards April 29, 2014 at 11:11 am

Go Molly ! Since the state refuses to elect openly Democratic candidates, calling yourself a Republican is the best way to go. The GOP should not complain. These Dems turned Republican are keeping the spirit of the old Democratic party alive. Are they whores? who amongst us hasn’t sought the label of convenience to get thru life?

Jay Ellington April 29, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Not that good branding makes a good politician, Obama is living proof, but this woman has one of the worst logos I’ve ever seen. I’m surprised she hasn’t gotten a cease and desist from Wrigley’s Spearmint gum.


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