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Palmetto Democrats Unsure Of Their Future, Former Leaders

POLL SHOWS LITTLE FAMILIARITY … Democrats in South Carolina have it pretty bad … but not that bad. Sure, they are in the perpetual minority in both legislative chambers (and currently own zero statewide offices) … but they exert tremendous influence at the S.C. State House by virtue of the…

POLL SHOWS LITTLE FAMILIARITY …

Democrats in South Carolina have it pretty bad … but not that bad.

Sure, they are in the perpetual minority in both legislative chambers (and currently own zero statewide offices) … but they exert tremendous influence at the S.C. State House by virtue of the fact that most “Republicans” are also in favor of high taxes, crony capitalism and perpetual bureaucratic expansion.

Seriously: When half of the GOP caucus (or more) is in the pocket of big government … it’s easy to see how Democrats almost always get there way.  That’s why the average $1 billion in new money that has flown annually into state coffers over the last seven years has been spent … and why the $1.2 billion coming in this next budget year will similarly disappear into the bureaucratic sinkhole.

Anyway … there’s a similar game at work up in Washington, D.C., where a “Republican-controlled” U.S. House just passed a huge $1.15 trillion embrace of the radical agenda of Barack Obama.

One which blew past the spending caps they previously agreed upon … by more than $50 billion.

Anyway … South Carolina’s “Republican” delegation split on the vote, but its lone Democratic lawmaker voted in favor of the boondoggle.  That’s par for the course.  On pretty much any big-ticket spending vote, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn can count on the support of a pair of left-leaning “Republicans” – Joe Wilson and Tom Rice.  And often one or two others.

So … does it matter who replaces Clyburn?

No … not really.

But that’s not stopping the speculation … or the political polling.

In fact according recent data from Public Policy Polling – a Democratic firm based in Raleigh, North Carolina – there’s very little familiarity among Democrats with any of their so-called “standouts.”

S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers – the odds-on favorite to follow Clyburn into the sixth district seat in the U.S. Congress – scored a 20 percent favorable rating among Democratic primary voters.  That’s better than any of his would-be congressional rivals including Columbia, S.C. mayor Steve Benjamin (12 percent), S.C. House minority leader Todd Rutherford (12 percent) and S.C. Senator Marlon Kimpson of Charleston, S.C. (11 percent).

Of course the vast majority of Palmetto Democrats remain unsure about Sellers (67 percent), Benjamin (72 percent), Rutherford (74 percent) and Kimpson (77 percent).  In other words … these four aspiring black politicians are basically unknown commodities within their own party.

Same goes for former S.C. Democratic luminaries Jim Hodges and Inez Tenenbaum.  Hodges, who was governor from 1999-2003, has a 27 percent favorable rating and a 14 percent unfavorable mark.  However 59 percent of Democrats were “not sure” what they thought of him.  Meanwhile Tenenbaum, who served two terms as superintendent of education from 1999-2007, had a 34 percent favorable mark compared to 16 percent of Democrats who viewed her unfavorable.  Fully half of those polled said they were “not sure” what they thought of her.

Of interest?  Former S.C. Democratic party chairman Dick Harpootlian – who oversaw the party during its turn-of-the-millennium revival – told a local alternative paper that anyone looking to take Clyburn’s place better get used to a long wait.

“He looked very healthy the last time I saw him,” Harpootlian told The (Columbia, S.C.) Free Times.

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30 comments

Bible Thumper December 18, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Not for congress, but would Darla Moore run for governor as a dem?

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The Buzzman December 18, 2015 at 5:21 pm

Darla needs to run, for sure. She needs to run to my door and offer to take me in, and to treat me in a manor to which I am woefully unaccustomed as of late. Gladly would I service her. Quality of service would make up for lack of frequency.

Not as good as I once was, but as good once every 12 hours as I ever was.

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Rookie Varspiceater December 18, 2015 at 11:06 pm

Darla is a man?

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The Buzzman December 18, 2015 at 11:48 pm

The whole “Buz is gay” thing is over. Nobody believes it, so why even bother?

If I really were gay, by my very nature I’d shout it from the rooftops. Why the fuck do you think I would hide it and pretend to be straight?

Give it up, troll.

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Mike at the Beach December 19, 2015 at 12:18 am

Wishful thinking on his part, perhaps? He may think your ass is cute.

The Buzzman December 19, 2015 at 9:02 am

That’s pretty sad, then. He’s obviously a sick, sick man.

My ass left the entire universe of Even Remotely Cute, around 35 years.

sparklecity December 19, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Darla is one classy broad fer sure…that’s why Queen Namrata dislikes her so much…………..
Ms. Moore gave a great speech at the Greenville Tec 50th anniversary gathering a few years back. I was really impressed.

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erneba December 18, 2015 at 2:59 pm

The donkey’s have a weak stable.
Some could rise, but it will be a tough. I think that they are not looking at any statewide offices anytime in the next four to five years.

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Tazmaniac December 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Why do we need Democrats when the GOP acts like asses?

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erneba December 18, 2015 at 3:14 pm

Good point, I think they are practically interchangeable at this time.

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Tennessee December 18, 2015 at 4:27 pm

Demicans and Republicrats. A monopoly masquerading as a duopoly.

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erneba December 18, 2015 at 3:27 pm

It’s time for the political resurrection of Alvin Greene by the Democrats.
Now, there’s some future talent.

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Elfego December 18, 2015 at 4:39 pm

We should not even use the term Democrat or Republican. I suggest we name the all crooks and whatever title you wish in front! Maybe Democrat or Republican crooks would be sufficient!

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Check the mirror December 18, 2015 at 4:41 pm

No, they are democratically elected officials, who keep getting re-elected by you.
It’s not so much they are crooks. You guys are just stupid.

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Elfego December 18, 2015 at 7:54 pm

Who is you? You do not vote I suppose and stupid is as Stupid does Forest!

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Welfare State December 18, 2015 at 4:39 pm

For a state run by Republicans, y’all sure do, collectively, act like Democrats.
Sucking up Federal dollars to keep your ass afloat.

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Maria Harrington December 20, 2015 at 4:25 am

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erneba December 20, 2015 at 7:31 pm

Yeah, damn straight, we suck it up. You may not be bright enough to realize those “Federal dollars” were the “taxes we paid.”

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fred farkel December 20, 2015 at 10:43 pm

Excuse me boy, but more BULL SHIT from you. South Carolina receives approximately $8.00 back from Washington for every $1.00 paid in federal taxes. Regarding Federal Programs, South Carolina residents are not getting help from state residents, but residents of other states. So don’t wine about about taxes you pay,as I suspect with your income history you pays damn little or none at all. You just suck off the government tit. Isn’t that your ma and pa did in Chesterfield County?

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erneba December 21, 2015 at 9:32 am

Sit, Fred, Sit.

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fred farkel December 21, 2015 at 10:24 am

BOORING!!

Gladys Sanborn December 21, 2015 at 8:37 am

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Doris December 18, 2015 at 8:02 pm

Did y’all really think the Number 1 old South Carolina Queen of the Corrupt Democrat Jean Toal had retired? Who you calling old, Sic?

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Manray9 December 18, 2015 at 10:22 pm

What is more feckless than a SC Democrat?

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Comrade1917 December 19, 2015 at 3:46 pm

We need gun confiscation now!
Go Democrats!
All power to the workers’ councils!

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cajohnson December 21, 2015 at 10:41 am

NASA Administrator, Gen. Charles F. Bolden, will be returning home to replace Haley as Governor.

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RogueElephant December 21, 2015 at 11:29 am

There are several RINOs that would make better Dims than they do Republicans. Please feel free to take them.

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Lone Ranger December 21, 2015 at 4:36 pm

And not only is Diamond Jim healthy off of TAXPAYERS’ 50 mil he stole from SC State

But with an SC legislature full of flag-ripping, payday-grubbing RINOS—he’s doing great

And with SC’s OTHER Dimwits in Congress faking conservatism and voting for Ryan

Why they’ll ALL be doing great until 2016 votes are counted and Tea ENDS their lying !

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