SOUTH CAROLINA HAS PRODUCED A PRESIDENT … MAYBE
|| By FITSNEWS || There’s an interesting history lesson from the University of Minnesota (Go Golden Gophers!) website Smart Politics about U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham‘s nascent military industrial complex campaign … err, presidential bid.
But are the “smart” politicos serving up this schooling a little too smart for their own good?
Don’t get us wrong … we love that the website’s authors express “bewilderment” at Graham’s presidential ambitions, and we agree with them when they say Graham “is not expected to be a top tier candidate for the GOP nomination.” We’re also glad they’ve picked up our narrative on Graham’s thoroughly unimpressive 2014 performance against a field of less-than-formidable challengers.
“Some political observers have speculated his candidacy could complicate the prospects of an early GOP frontrunner by freezing support in the important early primary Palmetto State, it should be noted Graham set a new low water mark in a primary for a sitting Republican U.S. Senator from South Carolina in 2014 with just 56 percent of the vote,” they wrote.
Amen to that …
Anyway, “Smart Politics” goes on to say Graham is attempting to become the first South Carolinian to win the presidency after several previous failed attempts.
Among those? Campaigns by John Rutledge (1789), Thomas Pinckney (1796), Charles Cotesworth “C.C.” Pinckney (1796), John C. Calhoun (1844), “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman (1896), Richard Watts (1928), Strom Thurmond (1948) and Fritz Hollings (1984).
The website also mentions the 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns of Greenville, S.C. native Jesse Jackson.
Who isn’t mentioned in the article? “Old Hickory” – a.k.a. Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States who was in office from 1829-1837.
Jackson made his political career in Tennessee, but he was born in the Waxhaws border region of the Carolinas. The exact location of his birthplace is hotly disputed (like the Carolinas’ border itself – which hadn’t been surveyed at the time), but to this day Jackson is claimed as a native of North Carolina and South Carolina.
The former president’s only comment on the matter? An 1824 letter in which he stated he was born on his uncle’s plantation in Lancaster County, S.C. Jackson also approved a map designating his birthplace as being in Lancaster County.
Of course that didn’t stop North Carolina’s Daughters of the American Revolution from erecting a monument claiming Jackson was born in Mecklenburg County, N.C. – nor did it stop North Carolina lawmakers from erecting a monument on their capital grounds honoring Jackson as one of the state’s “three” native presidents.
Oh well, while we wish Graham the success (or more accurately, the failure) of all the South Carolinians who have preceded him on the path to the White House … “Old Hickory” should have probably garnered a mention in this particular “history lesson.”