Our U.S. Senate Endorsement

NANCY MACE … BUT NOT HOW YOU’D HAVE EXPECTED IT  We’ve arrived at the endorsement everyone expected us to make … just not via the expected avenue. When Lowcountry businesswoman Nancy Mace announced her intention to run for the U.S. Senate last year, many expected this website to engage in…


We’ve arrived at the endorsement everyone expected us to make … just not via the expected avenue.

When Lowcountry businesswoman Nancy Mace announced her intention to run for the U.S. Senate last year, many expected this website to engage in the relentless promotion of her candidacy. After all she was a partner in this little new media venture of ours, and her marketing expertise was an integral component of FITSNews’ early success.

We didn’t do that though … because Mace’s campaign frankly hasn’t exactly been deserving of relentless promotion. Or any sort of promotion.

When Mace bumbled her first round of prime time interviews, we called her out on it. And we’ve been consistently less than impressed with Mace’s cautious, confrontation-averse brand of campaigning – in which her kitchen cabinet viewed the drawing of any sort of legitimate contrast with other “Republicans” as synonymous with negative campaign.

Rookie mistakes … of which Mace has made plenty.

Hell, on vacation this week in Pawleys Island our founding editor texted to inform us that one of Mace’s far too sparsely placed yard signs made no mention of the office she was seeking.

Turns out it’s actually there … the lettering is just way to small to pick up.

That in a nutshell has been Mace’s campaign: There, but barely.

Mace the political candidate has been a far cry from Mace the badass business executive – or Mace the first female graduate of The Citadel, South Carolina’s formerly all-male military college. She’s been fragile, timid … self-doubting.

And all of that has added up to costly hesitations … both in big picture strategic moves and in the thousands of rapid fire exchanges that take place on the campaign trail.

So … why are we endorsing Mace? Is it because we hate incumbent “Republican” Lindsey Graham that much? Or because we feel some sort of loyalty to her that compels us to do so?

No. That’s not how we roll.

We are endorsing Nancy Mace’s U.S. Senate bid because of the six GOP candidates seeking the nomination this week, we honestly believe she would best represent the interests of U.S. citizens and taxpayers on the fundamental tax, spending and liberty issues that will determine whether America recaptures its former glory or continues its breakneck descent toward the ash heap of history.

And while Mace’s campaign has been a sorry and forgettable experiment, its oft-repeated mantra – “to change Washington we must change who we send to Washington” – is true. It finds capable expression in the candidate, if not the bid she mounted this go-round.

Mace is a hard-charging, take no prisoners businesswoman. We know this because we’ve been on both sides of the negotiating table with her. She is also a hard-working mother of two who managed to maintain a carpool schedule amidst a statewide political bid.

Yeah … those cute kids in her campaign commercials? She didn’t abandon them over the last year – she continued to be their mom (even when it meant passing on political events she probably should have attended).

That’s an actual “sacrifice” – as opposed to the political definition of the word.

Mace is also the only “anti-Graham” candidate in the field who didn’t attempt to pander to the lowest common denominator over the past few months – even though we wish we had seen more in the way of substantive offerings from her.

S.C. Senator Lee Bright? We appreciate his voting record in the State Senate, but on the campaign trail he’s been nothing but a pandering demagogue – and a hypocrite given his downright disastrous personal financial history. Bright’s business background is such a shambles it renders him totally incapable of advancing the budget issues that must be addressed in our nation’s capital – yet there he is talking about fiscal responsibility at every turn.

Sheesh. That Bright emerged as the “Tea Party favorite” in this race is a testament to the intellectual bankruptcy of the Tea Party movement in South Carolina.

But we knew that already …

Upstate businessman Richard Cash? He seems like a nice enough guy, but like Bright his hard core social conservative views make him unelectable in November.

Columbia, S.C. pastor Det Bowers? Again, a nice enough guy but far too sanctimonious for our taste … and the tastes of independent voters desperate for an alternative to the two-party status quo.

Afghan war veteran Bill Connor? Yeah … no. We’ve already got a raging “neo-conservative” in this seat. We don’t need to elect another warmonger.

That leaves Mace …

We fully expect Lindsey Graham’s mountain of special interest money to purchase him a first-ballot victory this week. South Carolina voters are simply too impressionable to make reasoned decisions – especially seeing as none of Graham’s opponents raised enough money to expose him for the fraud he is.

Also the state’s mainstream media – most notably The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper – keep conditioning them to believe that government is at its best when bipartisan establishment whores like Graham are “reaching across the aisle” and “getting things done.”

But if “Republicans” who see through that liberal spin are serious about defeating Graham, they will cast their votes for Mace … even if she didn’t necessarily earn them.

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CorruptionInColumbia June 9, 2014 at 8:52 am

Well, I for one, am going to vote for Nancy Mace, tomorrow. I hope she wins but if ANYone other than Grahamnasty wins, I will be completely happy. Here’s hoping that self-serving, corrupt, piece of shit resumes life as a private citizen in the very near future.

The Colonel June 9, 2014 at 9:18 am

“… if ANYone other than Grahamnasty wins, I will be completely happy…”
Where you’ll be is at (not so) Happy Hour crying in your beer then.

This group of five bumblers running in the primary agreed early on “to be nice” and that was a huge mistake. You can’t be nice and call Graham out, it just isn’t possible. On the other hand, all 6 have added (to varying degrees) to their name recognition. My only concern about Mace (and Bowers and Cash) is other than “homecoming queen” what has she ever been elected to? At least with Bright and Connors, you know what you’re getting (not that I really want any of it). Maybe Mace et al ought to try again in two years running for the state house and then go after the Congress.

My prediction – Graham wins in the mid to upper 50s and cruises to victory in November – unless Folks had some late night car kanoodling with him as well….

CorruptionInColumbia June 9, 2014 at 9:38 am

Hi Colonel! For reasons that I have never fully grasped, a lot of candidates (not professional incumbents) get attacked for their “lack of experience”. I fail to see how that is at all, a bad thing. Lack of experience in what, screwing over the citizen and taxpayer? I actually find that to be a plus over the career politicians.

Their inability to deal and bargain away our rights or our tax money is not a negative, in my book. I read people griping about how Congress or The Legislature isn’t “getting anything done” as if that were a bad thing. Personally, the less they “do”, in most cases, the better off the rest of us usually are.

The Colonel June 9, 2014 at 10:08 am

I’m not really decrying “her lack of experience” more “her lack of a voting record”. Will she really operate the way she says she will.

The current occupant at 1600 Penn was a “constitutional professor, scholar lecturer” and he often acts as if he’s never read the document. He answered “present” on so many roll call votes in Congress that were I an Illinoian I’d be asking for my money back – no one knew who they were voting for other than an “…African American who was articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy…”

Arlen Cooper June 9, 2014 at 10:22 am

The Kenyan spends his time studying the “Communist Manifesto” & wiping his ass with the Constitution.

Ken Young June 9, 2014 at 11:19 am

I’m butt fucking your daughter.

Arlen Cooper June 9, 2014 at 1:23 pm

No way! Childless. Parents dead. The only Kenny Young I ever knew … dead! You a child butt fucker I reckon, certainly not a political pundit.

Ken Young June 9, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Those young girls can tell some big lies, sorry.

You got a pretty mouth on ya.

Shirley June 9, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Go away asshole.

Ken Young June 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm

I WAS away, bitch.

Kin Jung June 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm

I guess that went over his head.

Arlen Cooper June 9, 2014 at 6:03 pm

He’s a liquor head, or licker head, or maybe just a head … no brains either way!

CorruptionInColumbia June 9, 2014 at 10:32 am

Good points, Colonel! Still, I have friends who know her and I believe she would be a drastic improvement over the current occupant of our senior Senate seat in Congress. He is so disappointing on all fronts that I cannot imagine things getting much worse, if at all.

The Colonel June 9, 2014 at 10:52 am

I don’t know that I disagree with you on the idea that she “might” be a better choice than Lindsey Graham – the question is will she really be a better choice or would she wind up being the “Charlie Crist” of South Carolina.

CorruptionInColumbia June 9, 2014 at 10:55 am

At this point, I would vote for Alvin Greene over Lindsey. He couldn’t do us any more harm if he tried.

The Colonel June 9, 2014 at 11:29 am

I disagree – we’re in the “better the devil you know” status at this point.

CorruptionInColumbia June 9, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Given what we “know” about Lindsey from his performance, he is not a good choice.

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 9, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I disagree – we’re in the “better the devil you know” status at this point.

Ahhhh…there’s the rub Colonel.

You and TBG and CiC *know* Grahamnesty for the devil he is.
Most who vote for him don’t know him at all.

M16 Man June 9, 2014 at 9:17 am

Your endorsement reads as if a Summerall Guardsman held a Springfield M1903 rifle at your head forcing you to write it. Yes, we all knew you would land this way even if you had to hold your nose to do it.

We were right too.

Jack's purple finger June 9, 2014 at 9:45 am

You made a compelling case for your candidate, but the candidate never made that case. I’m not voting for you…

If she cannot run a campaign and is scared of her own shadow, do you think she could stand up to Washington?

Agree with the rest of the crowd. They all are scary in how bad they are. If you are a normal conservative, you’ve been basically pushed to vote for Graham.

CorruptionInColumbia June 9, 2014 at 9:50 am

Really? WTF is “conservative” about Graham? His push to reward illegal invaders with amnesty and other perks for violating OUR laws? His wish to destroy more and more of our Constitutional rights by way of laws such as NDAA-2012 or The Patriot Act? His cries for more, more and MOAR, money that we don’t have, to be given to third-world shithole countries whose intent toward the USA is at best ambiguous and more likely downright hostile, so they will like us? His rubber stamp approval of shitty, ultra-liberal Obama Supreme Court and other nominees?

Or are all of these the “conservative” parts of Graham we just cannot do without?

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 9, 2014 at 10:16 am



Who coulda seen that coming?

GrandTango June 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Not sure who gets hurt more by this ‘endorsement.’ No that’s objectivity. LMAO.

Arlen Cooper June 9, 2014 at 10:17 am

Hey Bevis! Fitsnews just call Limp-wristed Graham a whore, hee-hee, hee-hee, … thats funny ’cause all kweers are whores … right?

Bible Thumper June 9, 2014 at 10:19 am

If you are influenced positively at all by fits endorsements, like this comment.

CorruptionInColumbia June 9, 2014 at 10:56 am

I make my own decisions, but frequently agree with Fits’ opinions on these things.

Voting for Mace June 9, 2014 at 10:21 am

Mace sounded fine on the radio debate and she’s got my vote. The fact that Graham’s war chest is second largest in the US Senate, and was filled with PAC money indicates that he works for them and not me. If he loses Glenn McConnell can give him a teaching post at the College of Charleston.

Thomas June 9, 2014 at 10:26 am

This author watched the debate off an Applian Replay download…three times. Replay is real neat in that you can record just about and video or flash for offline viewing. Works really good for those ESPN 3 Gamecock ballgames. Watched the 2012 USC at GA football game the other day. Each time I watched, I picked up another Mace authentic truism.

Dunn: A US Senator is not going to abolish and federal department.
Bower: Delineates his belief well…in a political debate? Will make a good deacon.
Cash: Can not abolish any Department or cut into entitlements to balance the budget.
Connor: Triangulates, bloviates, no mission statement.
Bright: Excellent state Senator. We need him in the Statehouse.
Graham: He can not run on his 20 year record. He is a Kennedy Democrat.
Mace: Stated her mission. Won over the moderator! All business, no bull shit. No gimmicks.

The debate last weekend told me my vote for Mace is the best choice for South Carolina. She is approachable. I honestly believe I can take an issue to her Senate office and genuinely be heard…listened to to actually try to help.

Mace won the debate and my vote.

PS: You balance the budget by reducing the non-military federal workforce by passing legislation allowing termination for any worker for defined infractions and performance. You shift federal pensions into US Treasuries with guaranteed 8% annual return. You force federal employees into Obamacare. These steps first, other steps as needed.

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 9, 2014 at 2:39 pm

US Treasuries with guaranteed 8% annual return.

*Slaps forehead*

Why didn’t TBG think of that?

Thomas June 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Here is some background. A US Senator or a US House Rep is told to sponsor a bill that was written by an anonymous source or they write it themselves following careful the instructions given them then submit the bill to their Majority Leader or Speaker respectively. Then these leaders will send the bill to the proper committee. At any time the committee can vote the bill out of committee to the floor for a vote. At this time the bill can be amended, voted on and/or added to another bill for passage. This is what they call “making sausage”.

Any bill “in committee” can be sent to the floor at anytime. I submit the Financial System Stabilization and Reform Act of 2009.. This bill wants to take public sector pensions at 50 billion pools to finance troubled banks (Fed Reserve) by converting these pools of money into nonvoting stock with an annual return of 8.5%. The only reason this bill has not been brought out of committee is because the House leadership changed in 2010. Given the right circumstances the bill can be ordered out of committee by the Speaker and House Committee Chairman. There are bills in Congress, in committee that will scare the bejeezus out of you if ever took the time to read them.

Japan=Economic Misery June 9, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Don’t be such a cynic!

Do you not see the success of gov’t run & forced savings plans in Japan?

Their track record is astounding! It’s helped the Japanese gov’t get a debt to gdp ration of around 225%! Success! Wealth Creation!

This is my favorite part of the proposed bill:

shortage of banking capital may continue to exist because private investors are
generally unwilling to provide such capital given their inability to accurately
assess the risk exposure of any individual institution while the Federal
Government’s ability to function as a capital provider may be constrained by
concerns regarding Federal control of the banking system as well its desire to
use Federal funds in numerous areas besides capitalization of the banking

Hahahahaha! Brilliant!

Run up the debt boys! It’s just the gov’t mules retirement that would prop it up, no biggie! lol

Sick Of RINOs June 9, 2014 at 10:44 am

Fuck You, Lindsey Pigshit Grahamnesty

……….(‘(….´…´… ¯~/’..’)

Graham's G-spot June 9, 2014 at 11:04 am

I presume that’s the finger that gets to Graham’s G-spot — behind his clitoris. We’ve got enough fags in SC politics — McConnell, Bauer, Graham. We could use some real women. Go Mace.

Timmy Tebow June 9, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Hell yeah! Fun With ASCII!

fergusloop June 9, 2014 at 10:48 am

this was the most unconvincing article ever.. especially with that last line

Mrs. Conservationist June 9, 2014 at 11:34 am

I like Nancy Mace. But her affiliation with you is not an asset. As much as this old lady likes you and your blog, your reputation is questionable. True or not, why would a gentleman speak out about allegedly doing the governor?

GrandTango June 9, 2014 at 11:42 am

Good (very accurate) point.

Timmy Tebow June 9, 2014 at 12:45 pm

To get more chicks, obviously.

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 9, 2014 at 2:42 pm

True or not, why would a gentleman speak out about allegedly doing the governor?

The operative word being “gentleman”.

Back in the day, our founding editor was a “playa”.

Ripley June 9, 2014 at 4:24 pm

‘our founding editor’ ?

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 9, 2014 at 5:01 pm

‘our founding editor’ ?

Das wha he calls hisself.

GrandTango June 9, 2014 at 11:39 am

Mace’s inexperience was strongly evident in the Sat. night debate. She seemed very nervous on the spot, and had to keep referencing a crib sheet to express herself. Not very natural or confident in her convictions. And she pulled the trick of thinking that clinging to flowery talk about the Constitution, or founding documents, is a winner. It’s NOT. Stopping Obama, and Graham, IMMEDIATELY, is.

Meanwhile, Conner AGGRESSIVELY, on instinct, lambasted Graham for supporting the ignorant and ill–fated Muslim Brotherhood, w/ Obama. That was a GRAND SLAM for Grande Tango. It was the Defining moment of the debate, because it revealed WHY we want to de-elect Graham.

If Mace is dubious in front of friendly faces, like The State newspaper and ETV, don’t you imagine that hideous monsters like Diane Feinstein, Harry Reid and Al Frankken (Ariana Huffington G-R-O-S-S) will eat her alive…

If Conner can get in a run-off, maybe there is some hope. He IS the MAN…

Emily Peterkin June 9, 2014 at 1:05 pm

You should run, Daddy.

Mrs. Conservationist June 9, 2014 at 11:42 am

How could anyone vote for Lee Bright? According to The State newspaper, he doesn’t even have a college degree?

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 9, 2014 at 2:31 pm

According to The State newspaper, he [Notso] doesn’t even have a college degree?

Didn’t know it was required….

Snark aside, Lindsey Graham has a college degree and a law degree AND had to overcome an incredible amount to get them.

Yet, he unequivocally sucks as a Senator.

CNSYD June 9, 2014 at 11:47 am

Capt Renault is shocked to learn that Sic Willie is endorsing Mace.

Philip Branton June 9, 2014 at 12:10 pm

*****…..meanwhile, over at the Graham campaign headquarters…..*****

Intern: ” I do declare that I have had so much fun on the campaign trail. I can hardly wait to go over to Benghazi and declare “We Came We SAW…..and SHE died..”!!

Intern 2: ” That was so mean, Nancy has tried so hard, bless her heart….!! It really is something to witness. To think that her dad was a Brig. General, and to see her just take half punches..!”

Moving guy: ” Ladies, make sure you have all this stuff boxed up later today..”

Intern: “Anything for you Mr. U-haul..”

Intern 2: “When can we expect these boxes to be delivered to the warehouse until our next campaign…?”

Moving Guy: “You may want to ask Nancy, after all, she will be the one making those decisions as Senator…!”

Intern: “Hmm…..looks like We both maybe going to Benghazi and Lake Chad and Allepo after all…..”

Intern 2: “Lets go to our Facebook pages and confirm our “Likes” for Nancy….”

Sophie June 9, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Lindsay is having his period this week.

RogueElephant June 9, 2014 at 1:03 pm

As you all know I have been a Connor supporter from day one. I think he is the best person to take out Grahamnasty. However I will support anyone of the other candidates if we can hold Graham under 50%. That in and of itself is the main issue here. However if it comes down to a Graham/Hutto race I will lick the turd and vote for Graham. As disgusting a choice as that would be it would still be an easy choice.

Emily Peterkin June 9, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Hi, Roy! What’s going on with The State news today? GT and I are thinking lunch at Groucho’s.

GrandTango June 9, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Consumed by fear much?

Grainger McKoy Jr. June 9, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Why Det Bowers should be our next U.S. senator

Our family has known Det Bowers for years. As a pastor, he has strengthened our marriages, helped bury our relatives, laughed and prayed and cried with us. When someone does that for you, you unfurl every sail for him. He is the instrument of the Lord who has changed hundreds of lives. A pastor who, of all the couples he has married over 20 years, none of those unions have fallen into divorce.

The Graham campaign likes to point out that Det used to be a lawyer and a Democrat (as if there could not be a more unfortunate combination). He was, and assisted in many Democratic campaigns until he found Christ in his late 30s. His conversion was so real he quit his lucrative law practice and Democratic pursuits and went into ministry.

Det is now 62. He can be presented with any fragment of the Constitution or the Bible and expound on it for an hour – without notes and without saying “um” once – and make you feel like you need to be a better person. He is cut from the same spiritual and intellectual cloth as our founding fathers. This is the kind of individual South Carolina needs to represent her in the world’s greatest deliberative body.

South Carolina is blessed to have several strong candidates running for Senate. We believe Det should be our next senator because we can trust him to not raise the debt ceiling and not to vote for liberal Supreme Court justices. To not vote for the Affordable Care Act before he votes against it. To not become a creature of Washington but to exert every effort to change it.

We are not called to timidity in purpose or action. Stand with us and with Det Bowers. Please vote this Tuesday.

Grainger McKoy Jr. and Grainger McKoy Sr.

Sumter, South Carolina

Texas Ain't No Role Model June 9, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Great! All we need now are more right wing Christian loons in office.

Fuck Fits June 9, 2014 at 2:11 pm

totally didn’t see this bullshit coming.

GrandTango June 9, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Mace is just Graham in a pair of pants.

Wow June 9, 2014 at 11:08 pm

GT’s best comment ever – is this the real GT even – bravo sir.

Norma Scok June 9, 2014 at 8:09 pm

I wonder if Lindsey will be in Arizona for the election results (again)? He gives so little of a shit about his electorate that he’ll be his butt buddy McCain’s house and can’t even be with his electorate when he wins.

Were I a Lindsey supporter (and I’m not) that alone would piss me off enough to not vote for him again.

Thumbs up Bright or Cash June 10, 2014 at 1:00 am

FITS, this is your weakest endorsement ever. And since when did being a hardcore social conservative hurt anybody in South Carolina? It is simple, the GOP nominee is going to win the election in November.

Could it be more transparent? June 10, 2014 at 1:17 am

Take that all you doubters who said its a 100% spot on lock, hands down, not one iota of a chance that FITS would support/endorse any candidate other than Mace. FITS got there by a different avenue and not how you think he would. You go FITS, totally surprised all those stupid MF’ers by choosing Mace! Well, not anyone who actually reads this blog, or for that matter anyone who doesn’t read this blog or speaks English, Spanish, Chinese or Indian dialects was surprised. But I bet maybe Lee Bright was surprised…and that’s about it.

Bible Thumper June 10, 2014 at 8:31 am

As evidence of the power of fits endorsements, Mace will finish fifth or sixth.

BIN News June 11, 2014 at 1:03 am

Graham wins primary with 57%.

That sends a strong message about how impotent the Teabuggers are in S.C.


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