“THE SCANDAL WILL RISE AGAIN …” BUT DOES THIS HIT PIECE MISS THE MARK?
|| By FITSNEWS || There’s a sprawling piece in Buzzfeed this week (from reporters Andrew Kaczynski and Ilan Ben-Meir) on the tormented racial history of U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham‘s top political advisor.
“Republican Senator’s Adviser Formerly Served As Editor Of Neo-Confederate Magazine,” the headline blares, and from there Kaczynski and Ben-Meir launch into an exhaustive review of the many off-color opinions offered years ago by Graham advisor Richard Quinn, Sr. during his lengthy association with a publication known as Southern Partisan.
Quinn, of course, is the leader of early-voting South Carolina’s largest “Republican” consulting empire – the “Quinndom.”
The gist of Buzzfeed‘s story? That Quinn wrote extensively for (and Graham appeared in) a publication which assailed iconic black leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela – while at the same time praising white supremacists like David Duke.
The Buzzfeed story is juicy. And in-depth. And national. And has the potential to be very damaging – to both Graham and the “Quinndom” (to say nothing of South Carolina’s already battered national image).
“The Quinns are a national liability now,” one Democratic source told FITS.
But let’s be honest: The story is also old news … by nearly a decade and a half. Seriously, with all due respect to Kaczynski and Ben-Meir, “2000 called – and wants its headline back.” And more importantly, in our estimation, their expose missed a much larger point about the truly damaging impact of neo-Confederatism in the Palmetto State. As well as some swipes that could have made it an even more compelling feature.
Quinn’s prior affiliation with Southern Partisan is no secret. In fact it has already been a national scandal once before … back when advisors to then-Texas governor George W. Bush were throwing everything (including some overtly racist material of their own) at U.S. Senator John McCain in a desperate bid to win the 2000 “First in the South” presidential primary.
So why is this news now? Is Lindsey Graham’s 2016 presidential campaign so legitimate as to warrant the rehashing of a 15-year-old story about his consultant?
We don’t think so … in fact the more Graham speaks on the national stage, the clearer his unfitness for higher office becomes.
It’s curious, though … Buzzfeed devoted thousands of words to a political advisor who used to be a racist, yet published nary a word about Graham’s threat to use troops against the U.S. Congress if it failed to “restore funding” to the military-industrial complex and the U.S. spy state.
Also, Kacynski and Ben-Meir clearly need some lessons from us when it comes to sharpening the blade … and thrusting it in the heart.
For starters, what story linking Graham to a racist (sorry, formerly racist) political consultant would ignore the Senator’s bizarre remarks at an elitist, whites only club in Charleston, S.C. last fall?
Graham may have been joking, but his comment that “white men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency” should have received a prominent placement in Buzzfeed‘s hit piece.
Buzzfeed‘s reporters also neglected to mention the membership of “Quinndom” stalwart lieutenant governor Henry McMaster (and former S.C. Senate president John Courson) in a whites-only Columbia, S.C. country club.
More to the point, what story about the neo-Confederate roots of Quinn’s consulting empire would ignore the tens of millions of tax dollars squandered on the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley? Tax money was funneled for years to this project (and other neo-Confederate line items) at the behest of former Senate leader and lieutenant governor Glenn McConnell, a longtime member of the “Quinndom.”
And funneled duplicitously …
Including McConnell in the narrative would have not only given the Buzzfeed piece a critical fiscal angle (i.e. government subsidizing neo-Confederate spending), it would have enabled them to reference this story …
And of course this visual of McConnell …
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(Pic: Via FB)
“Swing and a miss,” boys.
Again … we don’t think Richard Quinn’s disavowed musings from decades ago constitute a fresh round of national attention (certainly not in the context of a presidential campaign that has one foot in the Pentagon and the other foot in the nut house).
But come on Buzzfeed … if you’re gonna throw a punch, throw the punch.