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Can SC Attorney General Lose By “Winning?”

YES … BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT LOOMING S.C. SUPREME COURT RULING IS ALL ABOUT Donning his Captain Obvious insignia, news columnist John Monk of The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper ran a well-placed piece this weekend assessing the negative fallout of S.C. attorney general Alan Wilson‘s ongoing spontaneous political combustion. According to Monk, over the…

YES … BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT LOOMING S.C. SUPREME COURT RULING IS ALL ABOUT

Donning his Captain Obvious insignia, news columnist John Monk of The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper ran a well-placed piece this weekend assessing the negative fallout of S.C. attorney general Alan Wilson‘s ongoing spontaneous political combustion.

According to Monk, over the last few weeks Wilson has been “gobsmacked by publicity that is every politician’s nightmare,” referring to his monumental mishandling of a federal-state investigation into allegations of corruption by members of the S.C. General Assembly.

Monk interviewed several insiders in anticipation of a forthcoming ruling from the S.C. Supreme Court on the case – one which will either allow the investigation to continue or empower Wilson in his efforts to obstruct it.

The takeaway from Monk’s story?  That Wilson’s implosion has been worse than a sex scandal … and that even if the court ruled in his favor, he would still wind up a loser.

Ouch …

“Even if Alan wins in the Supreme Court … this whole thing has to be viewed as a minus for him,” one insider told Monk.

Another noted that Wilson “has not handled (the case) in a professional way.”

Ya think? 

Of course this verdict is about a lot more than one individual’s political career.  It’s about justice.  Fairness.  Public faith in government.  It’s about the integrity of the whole system … a system which has for far too long ignored or whitewashed the misdeeds of those in power.

It’s not about Alan Wilson … it’s about whether South Carolina is finally going to stand up to its corrupt leaders.

For once the Palmetto State’s legacy media – which is typically in the status quo protection business – has done its job and called this thing out for what it is (well, with the notable exceptions of WIS TV 10, The Nerve and columnist Cindi Ross Scoppe of The State).

State lawmakers and party leaders have also rejected Wilson’s attempts to politicize the situation … an effort which backfired badly.

All that’s left now is for the court to do its job and allow this investigation to proceed.

Let’s hope that’s what happens this week …

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