SC GOP moves to censure, oust ‘raghead’ bigot

A little follow up on a previous post. In this case, good for South Carolina Republicans. This is exactly the right thing to do.

From South Carolina’s WMBF:

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC – The Lexington County Republican Party has voted 26-7 to condemn, censure and ask for the resignation of state Sen. Jake Knotts over a remark he made toward President Barack Obama and gubernatorial candidate Rep. Nikki Haley…

“We already got one raghead in the White House, we don’t need a raghead in the governor’s mansion,” said Knotts in reference to the fellow Lexington Republican’s campaign for governor…

Earlier in the day, the chairman of the Greenville County Republican party said he’s going to move to have Knotts expelled from the party.

“I cannot sit idly by and watch our Party be torn apart by Senator Jake Knotts’ bigotry,” said Chairman Patrick Haddon in a statement. “At the next state executive committee meeting, I will move for his expulsion from the South Carolina Republican Party. This is the harshest penalty the Party can impose, and it is more than justified in this situation.”

Knotts says he will refuse to resign and will seek re-election. At 6:10 in the interview posted above, he also tells a TV reporter that Haley has been given a free ride by the media:

“Have you ever asked her if she believes in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and that he died on the cross for her sins? Have you asked her that?”

Quite the piece of work, that Senator Knotts.

118 comments Add your comment

Mick

June 11th, 2010
2:10 pm

“It’s like throwing gasoline on a fire”, in more ways than one.

josef nix

June 11th, 2010
2:10 pm

Knotts and Thomas in 2012! :-)

Southern Comfort

June 11th, 2010
2:12 pm

josef

Here’s a little info on SC primary voting:

SECTION 7-13-1040. No person to vote in more than one primary on same day.
No person shall be entitled to vote in more than one party primary election held the same day.

There’s probably no way any type of conspiracy could be proven in that election unless emails or letters surface.

@@

June 11th, 2010
2:13 pm

Disgusting!

Now can we talk about Harry Reid’s “no negro dialect” comment? His “smelly tourists” reference, and his “no black candidate” to fill Obama’s seat efforts.

Then there’s always Joe’s “dot-heads at the local 7-11″. I guess that one was for “convenience” sake.

It’s getting old, jay…this ignoring your own party’s complicity.

I’m outta here.

Scout

June 11th, 2010
2:15 pm

Jay:

You didn’t automatically use the term “racist”. Good.

Peadawg

June 11th, 2010
2:17 pm

I agree w/ @@ on this one. Not saying any of them were right in what they said. But I don’t remember anyone calling for Joe or Reid’s resignation.

AmVet

June 11th, 2010
2:20 pm

Knotts says he will refuse to resign and will seek re-election.

And I would not be remotely surprised if the godly faithful returned him to Columbia.

Cue up the “LOOK! We Republicans get rid of our miscreants!”

Yes, tis true. After decades of pandering to their closet bigots, pedophiles and assorted misfits, and after *countless* black eyes, the cons for the most part seemed to, at least for TV and MSM consumption purposes, started to directing their faux outrage at their own…

Southern Comfort

June 11th, 2010
2:20 pm

Peadawg

I think Jay is agreeing that it’s the right thing for the Republican Party to do. I don’t see Jay personally calling for his resignation. If the Democratic Party chose not to ask those people for their resignation, I guess it says something about their opinions themselves, huh?

@@

I was told by someone here that I don’t sound “ethnic” in my posts, and that if it wasn’t from my musical tastes, they would think I was a White person. Did you ask for that person’s removal from the blog?

Matilda

June 11th, 2010
2:21 pm

**GASP!** Disgusting!

The willful assumption (despite decades of evidence to the contrary) that all Democrats are in complete agreement with each other on everything, and protect each other no matter what, being used as the basis for an outburst of disgust. Oh MY!

How dare you report breaking news on a political hot topic, Mr. Bookman! Why….. the door might accidentally hit someone’s backside on the way out, resulting in unpleasant litigation frought with frequent gasps of disgust.

moonbat betty

June 11th, 2010
2:21 pm

@@,

If you don’t preach family values, it’s ok to say it!

It’s fun to be a moonbat!

F off honkeys!

TaxPayer

June 11th, 2010
2:21 pm

Well, good for that particular batch of Republicans. Too bad we don’t have some like them here in Georgia.

josef nix

June 11th, 2010
2:23 pm

SoCo

Thanks. That’s what I thought. I just can’t see the need or the purpose of a conspiracy myself. This looks like just some more American nuttery, sung to a Carolina beat…

As for the Lexington County GOP’s vote. This one passes the “smell test” to me and appears to be sincere. The story had passed its 15 minutes of fame and there were no calls for heads to roll being hear very loudly. It seems to me that they did the right thing because it was the right thing.

Paul

June 11th, 2010
2:25 pm

From “ragheads” to questioning if another is properly converted to his view of Jesus.

“Piece of work” doesn’t begin to describe it. Kudos to the SC Republicans for sending that piece of work to the dump.

Helen Thomas

June 11th, 2010
2:26 pm

“Can I have my chair back now?”

Paul

June 11th, 2010
2:26 pm

John Birch

Answered your question down below -

Southern Comfort

June 11th, 2010
2:28 pm

josef

No problem. That whole election seems kinda shady, but I think it will be next to impossible to show a co-ordinated conspiracy unless some kind of memos or emails surface.

Matilda

June 11th, 2010
2:32 pm

Yes, So Co is right.

Nothing unseemly can be presumed in the Greene win w/o supporting correspondence. Nonetheless, unknowns just do not just randomly win against knowns. There was a factor in play that has not come to light. Maybe a cracker jack sales team working the last-minute phone bank? It would be interesting to see what his campaign staff has to say. Surely those who pulled off a subperb upset such as this will want to share their strategy at some point?

josef nix

June 11th, 2010
2:38 pm

mathilda
Provided we can find a “campaign staff!”
SoCo
Shady, you say? In South Carolina? Surely you jest! :-)

This is, after all, the state where the liberal Democrat called the conservative Republican “Light in the Loafers…”

andygrd

June 11th, 2010
2:39 pm

How about this: As you can see, it is on both side of the isle.

The No. 3 Democrat in the U.S. House called on federal authorities Thursday to investigate how an unemployed South Carolina military veteran won the state’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.
“Here is Alvin Greene , unemployed, he goes into the Democratic headquarters and pays $10,000. That’s no little bit of money for an unemployed person,” House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., said. “This guy, who is he? Where did he come from?”
Greene, 32, stunned the Democratic Party establishment Tuesday night when he handily defeated Vic Rawl , a four-term state lawmaker and former judge, for the party’s nomination. Rawl, who had campaigned little but already raised $186,000, was forced to scrap a fundraiser planned for Thursday night.
Greene has not reported any fundraising, run any ads, or put up signs or a website in his challenge of Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint . He had been considered such a long shot that neither his opponent nor the media bothered to check his background, which includes a November arrest on a charge of felony obscenity.

Greene, who says he left the military last August after 13 years in the Army and Air Force, has said he paid the $10,440 filing fee by saving up two years of his service pay. On Thursday, Clyburn said he’s skeptical Greene paid the fee himself and demanded that federal authorities investigate where the money came from.
“You oughta not be allowed to subvert the electoral process in this country,” Clyburn said. “I really believe that the federal authorities can get Mr. Greene to talk about where he got his money from and what’s behind this.”
According to Charleston’s The Post and Courier, State Sen. Robert Ford speculated that race might have been a factor for some voters who chose Greene, who is black, over Rawl, who is white.
“Vic Rawl had money, but he didn’t have enough. He wasn’t able to identify himself with black voters,” said Ford, who is also black. “No white folks have an ‘e’ on the end of Green. The blacks after they left the plantation couldn’t spell, and they threw an ‘e’ on the end.”
Party officials asked Greene to sit out of the race after The Associated Press reported he faces a felony charge, which stems from a University of South Carolina student’s complaint that he showed her a pornographic website, then talked about going to her room at a university dorm.

But Greene insists he’s staying put.

Del

June 11th, 2010
2:40 pm

If the Republicans give old Jake the boot maybe he can switch parties and team up with Alvin Greene.

Keep up the good fight!

June 11th, 2010
2:41 pm

The repnuts are always quick to demand resignation from Dems. But there defense to anything is that “oh this Dem did it and worse.” What happened to “personal responsibility” for their party? Guess we see who the party of intolerance and personal responsiblity. It apparently stops elsewhere not at their doorsteps.

Alvin Greene for SC Senate seat

June 11th, 2010
2:43 pm

Our campaign is on the move. President Obama will be speaking at a fundraiser for my campaign next week. This is twisted.

Alvin Greene for SC Senate seat

June 11th, 2010
2:46 pm

Hell No I won’t go! Hell No I won’t go.

It’s too late. I’m da man! Whooopie.

Where were Jay and Cynthia?

June 11th, 2010
2:47 pm

I don’t know the answer, maybe Jay can provide it; but did Jay and Cynthia show the leadership to publicly condemn their former colleague Dick Williams when he used to use the term towelhead?

Alvin Greene for SC Senate seat

June 11th, 2010
2:48 pm

Wuz up in da SC?

Nikki Whatshername has affairs. This raghead dude is wack. I’m running against the most powerful tea party supporter in all of Congress.

Please send BP to clean up this mess.

Keep up the good fight!

June 11th, 2010
2:50 pm

Greene is a political dirty trick — typical of SC. I suspect Diminted’s people are rigging the election.

Southern Comfort

June 11th, 2010
2:50 pm

josef

That election is shady, even by SC standards!!!

If it somehow is a Republican trick to help their guy get elected, I hope it fails miserably and Greene wins in November just for them trying to rig an election. Anyone who’s found guilty of rigging an election should be charged with treason and executed.

Alvin Greene for SC Senate seat

June 11th, 2010
2:54 pm

Dear Keep up the good fight!,

“Greene is a political dirty trick — typical of SC. I suspect Diminted’s people are rigging the election.”

Speaking of dirty tricks… Remember that Obamacare vote using reconciliation?

Revenge is coming in November. Start looking for a rock to crawl under.

Jay

June 11th, 2010
2:54 pm

SoCo, if that $10,000 came from elsewhere, it would be an illegal and unreported campaign donation. That would be string you could start pulling to unravel the whole thing.

theyeshaveit

June 11th, 2010
2:55 pm

“You’re travelling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead – your next stop, South Carolina!”

Alvin Greene for SC Senate seat

June 11th, 2010
2:55 pm

I got mine on my own. Throw the bums out worked like a charm. Stupid Democrat voters got me where I am today. Hee, hee.

@@

June 11th, 2010
2:56 pm

Heeyyyy! my response to SoCo disappeared thru the O-zone.

SoCo:

I’ve never called for, nor do I advocate anyone’s removal from this site.

HECK! According to some black guy, in a parking lot, I’m a ***BEAUTIFUL*** black woman, although I’m not black. ***BEAUTIFUL***???? Well, I guess that’s left to the beholder’s eye.

I’m in the process of making 40 sets of antenna for tonight’s graduating bugs, so if you will excuse me…

Dusty

June 11th, 2010
2:57 pm

Well, Jay,

You get the Missed It Magnolia Award as you usually do on South Carolina. It wasn’t exactly what Sen KNotts said BUT how he said it. He exhibited BAD MANNERS and the fine citizens of South Carolina do not tolerate breaking the heart of Miss Manners. Aintcha got no manners, Knotty?

State Sen. Knotts meant what he said but he said it all wrong. Ptuiii!

Now every citizen from Florida to Maine, Virginia to California knew exactly what he was talking about. But you can’t say it like THAT.

Now if Sen Knotts had said” We don’t need a do-nothing governor in South Carolina when we already have a do nothing president in Washington;” that would have smoothed all feathers. The NAACP would smiled as the word ‘black’ was not mentioned. The ACLU would see that nothing was unconstitutional. The Democrats would not want attention brought to a do-nothing President. Miss Manners would note that no “bad” words were used. Bookman would not even have considered it for a blog subject (no controversy). The world would be a happier place BUT KNOTTS FORGOT HIS MANNERS and got himself into a bigger knot.

So, when South Carolina gets its rudey toots set straight and Sen Knotts ties only Boy Scout knots, Bookman can get back to admonishing RedNeck and thousands of others who use ‘raghead’ among other such words as “as…s” and a few others than even our majestic president has used.

But you can keep the Missed It Magnolia Award, Bookman. You should have one award on your resume.

Doggone/GA

June 11th, 2010
2:57 pm

I wonder if they would have done the same thing if he’d “only” made the comment about grilling her about Jesus?

Libertarian

June 11th, 2010
2:59 pm

“Have you ever asked her if she believes in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and that he died on the cross for her sins? Have you asked her that?”

And HOW is this relevant? This guy gives repub/conservatives a bad name.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

June 11th, 2010
3:01 pm

Well, what a dumb @#$%! Everybody knows you don’t say stuff like that in public. You say it at home in front of your kids and your wife. When you’re out in front of everybody, you use “Those People”. This guy needs to be drummed out of the Republican Party. We know how to tip-toe around words like that and sort of hint at it but never say it. For example, when you mean to say “Lazy N____s” you say “Irresponsible people that made bad choices in life and want to live off of the labor of productive citizens.”

Let’s boot this guy out for breaking the Republican Code. Sheesh! He ain’t ready for prime time till he learns to think it but not say it.

Anyhow, just about finished my rounds. I hope y’all are building a powerful thirst because I’ve laid in some stuff that will drown your gullet while you’re listening to the weird music.

josef nix

June 11th, 2010
3:02 pm

What I can’t get a handle on is why anybody would find it necessary to put up $10k in a race where the outcome was never in doubt come November.

Jay

June 11th, 2010
3:06 pm

Josef, you don’t see the joy a political operative would take in ensuring that the opposing party’s Senate nominee was a guy with a pending felony morals charge?

I’m not outraged by that case, not by any means. In fact, I confess to a certain admiration for those crafty enough to pull it off.

If that’s what actually happened, of course.

NowReally

June 11th, 2010
3:07 pm

“Have you ever asked her if she believes in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and that he died on the cross for her sins? Have you asked her that?”

I smell a religious scandal waiting to happen with this guy. He’s not as Religous Right as he is Religious Wrong.

Southern Comfort

June 11th, 2010
3:10 pm

Jay

That would be fairly easy to find out. If he saved his military pay, then there should be a bank account that shows those payments being made. There should be no balance fluctuations until that money was removed to pay the fee. I’m sure Congress can subpoena the bank records and find out.

Judging by that interview that was posted on the previous thread, I personally think that guy is completely clueless as to what’s going on around him. If that’s the case, proving fraud should be a piece of cake.

Jay

June 11th, 2010
3:13 pm

Oh heavens, let’s not get a congressional investigation of that case. You don’t want those guys subpoenaing records in election cases, believe me.

NowReally

June 11th, 2010
3:13 pm

All they need to do is look at the last 6 months of bank and employment activity. It would take the average Joe, six to 12 months to save up $10,000 and feed himself at the same time.

Dusty

June 11th, 2010
3:14 pm

RedNeck, honey,

We all know you are a liberal Democrat so cut the funny stuff. You wouldn’t last two minutes as a Republican.

Not only that but we hate pink flamingoes….the plastic kind you stick in front of your two story stone trailer on the golf course.

I know you are asahmed to admit you are a liberal but grow up. You can do it.

stands for decibels

June 11th, 2010
3:14 pm

Good move by that county’s GOP.

From the linked article, worthy of repeating here: “I actually thought the apology was just as bad, the attempt at the apology was just as bad as the original remark,” said Joshua Gross.

Paul

June 11th, 2010
3:14 pm

josef nix

I’d said earlier I’d fill you in on a few aspects of my NYC trip.

Wife and I were on the ferry to Ellis Island. There were huge number of Indians on ours and the other ferries (lest anyone jumps in to demand how I’d know that, the clothing, forehead marks and language were minor clues). I’d gotten up from my seat and went to get a few pictures. When I returned my wife said “there was a group of four young ladies behind me, deep southern accents. They were going on and on about immigration and they agreed it was all Obama’s fault. One young lady in particular was going on about “Those People” and how they were taking over and look how many there are and why doesn’t Obama put a stop to it.” My wife turned around to look at them and she said “the surprise? The one doing most of the talking with the references to “those people” was black.”

I said my fellow bloggers at Jay’s were never going to believe it. I told her “look at the bright side. You had three young ladies, from the south, on holiday, black and white and not thinking a thing of it That’s progress. The attitudes shifted to other groups – not so much.”

Alvin Greene...Philosopher at Large

June 11th, 2010
3:15 pm

When asked about the SC senators “raghead” statement Mr Greene stated. “Well sometime we all get a little confused on one anothers nationalies. After all America is a huge pot sticker pot loaded with all shape and sizes of widgets and what-nots. Now had the esteemed senator said “sackhead” then that wouldve been a completely different matter for which he should face felony charge. Nonetheless, the important thing to remember is we are all just one cheeto away from and empty bag…”

bugatti

June 11th, 2010
3:15 pm

@@, Scout, Peadog

Republicans are held to a higher standard. Simple as that.

Democrats are supposed to be racist, without morals and if their mouth is moving, they are lying. It’s expected. It’s what they do.

Republicans can’t get away with what Democrats do because, (I’m proud to say), they are simply held to a higher standard.

Now go crazy libs, but this blog exemplifies this double standard better than anything I have ever seen//

stands for decibels

June 11th, 2010
3:16 pm

In fact, I confess to a certain admiration for those crafty enough to pull it off.

If that’s what actually happened, of course.

Anyone here seriously doubt that this was the case?

This might be the smartest $10K a political operative ever spent.

Saul Good

June 11th, 2010
3:16 pm

Well Don Knotts there is fur suuure…a “proper and upstanding GOOD kinda christian”….as opposed to Obama Mrs. Raghead and sum dem other bad kinda christians. I wonda if his pastor mixes up sum dem linky drinks out back ofter his sermon of queer, mexican, and homosexual bashing. Of course them licky drinks would only be for the men. Other “good” christian men just like he. The “right” kinda christian men… (white)?

Where were Jay and Cynthia?

June 11th, 2010
3:16 pm

I see Jay won’t step up to the plate and answer the question. When it was happening in your own backyard, so to speak, and colleague Dick Williams was using the term towelheads, did you publicly condemn it?

Dusty

June 11th, 2010
3:16 pm

OK, you knot heads, I thought we were talking about Sen Knotts. If not Knotts, whither goest thou, oh knotty ones?

Gale

June 11th, 2010
3:17 pm

I am SO ready for a completely qualified and extraordinary atheist to run for a high elected office.

Kamchak

June 11th, 2010
3:17 pm

Up here in this small hamlet in the N.C. Mtns., I get some of the local South Carolina channels so I’ve witnessed the ad campaign waged there. It’s was all about who was the biggest baqqer.

Gale

June 11th, 2010
3:19 pm

extraordinarily competent atheist, I meant. With all the wacko Christians making Christianity an issue, I would like to see this guy against a sane atheist.

josef nix

June 11th, 2010
3:19 pm

JAY

There’s a point there, though why go to the trouble in SC? :-) And, I’m like you, if that’s the case, I’ll join you at the confessional!

My own pet theory is that his accuser, who acknowledges she is a Republican, has friends and family in high places who might pull such a stunt to make sure the case becomes more than just a run of the mill one.

Gator Joe

June 11th, 2010
3:19 pm

Jay,
Knotts simply verbalized some of what is probably on the minds of most SC Republicans, and SC Conservatives. There are probably lots of nice people in SC, perhaps even some Liberals, but people like Knotts would make me think twice about visiting there.

AmVet

June 11th, 2010
3:20 pm

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats of Sioux City tells the Carroll Daily Times Herald that his party should be held to a higher standard when it comes to values questions of the sort now swirling around South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, an admitted adulterer.

While extra-marital affairs occur in both parties, it is fair to judge Republicans more harshly on such matters, Vander Plaats said.

“I think its an added dimension for our party,” Vander Plaats said. “The reason I say that is we highlight one man-one woman marriage. We highlight family values. And if we do that that’s where the trust comes in. Are you going to walk the walk or just talk the talk.”

He added, “As Republicans if we are going to highlight that, that puts us to higher standard.”

The party is searching for ways to attract new voters and authenticity is key, said Vander Plaats.

“We talk just recently family values and we get Governor Sanford,” Vander Plaats said.

The only people who assert this sophomoric nonsense apparently are the cons themselves.

Nobody with a modicum of sanity would fall for such goofiness…

Where were Jay and Cynthia?

June 11th, 2010
3:20 pm

Bloggers I’m I the only one who remembers former AJC editorial board member Dick Williams, and remembers that on more than one occasion he used the word towelheads?

Paul

June 11th, 2010
3:21 pm

Gale 3:17

I’m just pleased as punch that all those atheists out in San Francisco keep returning a woman (The Speaker) whose most important guiding force in life is The Word and who appeals to Catholic clergy to use their pulpits to push through a godly agenda.

Atheists elect a devout Christian in San Francisco.

Southern Republicans still look at a ‘born again’ qualification.

Atheists 1 Christians 0

Jay

June 11th, 2010
3:21 pm

“Where,” I honestly don’t recall that — I’m not saying it didn’t happen, because it very well might have.

However, the paper has long had a very strict policy against employees taking shots at each other in print. That kind of thing would be handled in house only.

Alvin Greene...Philosopher at Large

June 11th, 2010
3:22 pm

When asked about the athiest comment Mr Greene stated “Huh…? Why would the Ameican people want an anesteezeeologist as President. OH…in case the Healthcare needs reviving I see and the President would akminister the nerve gas to the American people while the voting was taking place…”

DebbieDoRight

June 11th, 2010
3:22 pm

Dusty: Now if Sen Knotts had said” We don’t need a do-nothing governor in South Carolina when we already have a do nothing president in Washington;” that would have smoothed all feathers. The NAACP would smiled as the word ‘black’ was not mentioned. The ACLU would see that nothing was unconstitutional

Why Dusty are you talking badly about the President? Weren’t you the one, why just before the 2008 elections, who stated that anyone who bashed Dumbya was guilty of treason since we were in a time of war? What ever happened to those opionions? Oh right, Dumbya left, McCain got snubbed and the thing that you fear and hate most, a D-E-M-O-C-R-A-T is in office! Oh well, lighten up, call Monica and her friend and get someone to wear a yellow dress to the white house and get a “stain” on it — that’ll show ‘em!!

PS: Beware though. The President is married to an “angry” BLACK woman — she may kick the other woman’s azz……….it wouldn’t be a pretty sight.

Jay

June 11th, 2010
3:24 pm

Just to be clear, Williams was on the JOURNAL edit board, not the Constitution edit board. And he’s been gone for … 15 years?

Where were Jay and Cynthia?

June 11th, 2010
3:25 pm

However, the paper has long had a very strict policy against employees taking shots at each other in print. That kind of thing would be handled in house only.

Credit to you Jay; that is a fair and legitimate answer. I couldn’t find a print source where it was used, but distinctly remember him using it on the Georgia Gang in reference to Arafat.

@@

June 11th, 2010
3:27 pm

DANG! Are we still talkin’ ’bout the Greene candidate? O.K., my post re: got caught in the thread transition. Here’s my take.

So why didn’t South Carolina’s Democratic Party turn down Greene’s $10,400 check in March? They talked to the guy…could they not tell he was slow? I mean, it’s not as though Democrats haven’t encouraged other candidates to pull out of the race. Why not bribe him like they did Sestak and Romanoff?

Believe me, people. I’m from Clayton County…it happens.

Besides, Judge Rawl (SP?) went into the race with $186,000. South Carolinians are saying they didn’t know much about him either, other than he had a background in government service.

“How a Greene Candidate Can Win”

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/06/10/how-a-greene-candidate-can-win.html

Maybe they saw the word “Greene” and thought…

O-BA-MA, the first “Greene” president.

I’m not one who has to go lookin’ for conspiracy theories before my day can be called complete. It’s like the Mayor of Phoenix said during Arizona’s controversial immigration bill. Before those involved can discuss and resolve, the blogosphere and partisan pundits (that, in my opinion, includes partisan journalists) are off and running with some outrageous accusations that hinder the process. Once planted in the public’s mind, it’s almost impossible to find wherein the truth lay.

jay, I think the Hollywood tabloids/gossip rags could use your talent.

Soothsayer

June 11th, 2010
3:30 pm

josef nix

June 11th, 2010
3:31 pm

PAUL

I love the irony in such as that! I make a lot of snippy comments about the Romany Lady and what she thinks (my daughter in law is Sinti). I called up Sister Cynthia during the flag flap to reminder her of Campbell’s scurrilous “report” on a Romany funeral which was, if you are Romany, one of the most offensive things to have graced the pages of a major city Southern newspaper since the hay day of Jim Crow. Give her her credit. She listened, but nothing changed. The AJC continued to use the term “gypsy” in its pejorative, “gypsy cabs,” etc. I called her again after a particularly outstanding one and “complained.” She informed me that there was nothing wrong with it since it was spelled with a lower case “g.” She didn’t see the connection that, thus, if I say “n—- rig” and spell it with a lower case “n,” then it’s okay. :-)

Give them their credit, though, the AJC has taken to using the correct terms for the Romani people and it’s been a while since I saw the pejorative lower case “g..” And BTW, this took place over several years…

Progressive, all in all, I suppose… :-)

Jay

June 11th, 2010
3:31 pm

@@, the party doesn’t have the legal right to bar candidates on the grounds you describe. Nor should it have.

The Ga. GOP does have a requirement that a candidate sign an oath of loyalty to the party to run, which ended up barring a gubernatorial candidate who refused to sign it.

Oh, and @@ — what’s the latest on the Gore divorces? You were keeping us all up to date on that, weren’t you?

Soothsayer

June 11th, 2010
3:31 pm

Gosh! A Republican bigot. Where’s the news here?

stands for decibels

June 11th, 2010
3:33 pm

Just to be clear, Williams was on the JOURNAL edit board, not the Constitution edit board. And he’s been gone for … 15 years?

Snort. You get some real prize-winners posting here, Jay.

AmVet

June 11th, 2010
3:33 pm

Now talk about “higher standards”, pity that poor Michael Steele:

But his answer on race — suggesting that critics were holding him to a higher standard than they would his white predecessors — is likely to further anger Republican leaders, many of whom privately believe that Steele would have been fired months ago if not for his status as the party’s first African American chairman.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/04/steeles-defense-im-held-to-higher-black-standard-republican-national-committee.html

josef nix

June 11th, 2010
3:37 pm

One of my favorites so far out of this one is when one of SC’s contributions to sheer lunacy claimed paraphrasing here that everybody knew that Greene with an “e” is African American and then said that was because as Freedmen, not being able to spell….! Granny and Granddaddy always said that “GreenE is the ‘Jewish’ spelling!” :-)

Dusty

June 11th, 2010
3:38 pm

Dear Debbie, dear heart,

Long ago I reported that I thought it was wrong to complain about a president during wartime. “Treason” is not a word that I use.. It is the usual interpretation given by liberals when they wanted to throw some invective towards Bush and I did not agree. You can check back and prove me wrong but that is what I remember.

How’s Mr. DoRight these days? Kicking up dust in Afghanistan? I worry for him and the two from our church in Iraq and Afghanistan. I hope being an intrepreter is safer than the military but I doubt it.

But hang, in there and tell me how well you think President Obama is doing. Haven’t heard to much bragging about his handling of the oil spill or the great mounting debt of the USA as the president promises more and more money to every cause. It is his promise, his panacea, and his peril; which I have only lightly callled “do-nothing “.

Doggone/GA

June 11th, 2010
3:39 pm

““I cannot sit idly by and watch our Party be torn apart by Senator Jake Knotts’ bigotry,” said Chairman Patrick Haddon ”

I’m finally off work, and can think of something else! This statement struck me particularly, in light of what I’ve said several times in the past about the difference between a reason and an excuse. In this case, I’d say the party isn’t being “torn apart” by that bigotry…that the bigotry is a symptom, not a cause.

Soothsayer

June 11th, 2010
3:40 pm

Jay

June 11th, 2010
3:40 pm

“Granny and Granddaddy always said that “GreenE is the ‘Jewish’ spelling!”

… adopted no doubt after the exodus from slavery in Egypt.

Kamchak

June 11th, 2010
3:41 pm

AmVet

Ms. Tucker discourages the use of links, but if you can link via text, it will usually go through.

@@

June 11th, 2010
3:41 pm

@@, the party doesn’t have the legal right to bar candidates on the grounds you describe. Nor should it have.

Understandable, but not necessarily a good thing. Physically challenged? Good to go. Intellectually challenged? Plenty of those, but developmentally delayed? I’m not sure I agree with that.

Still….there’s the bribery thing. THAT, quite clearly, IS legal. Like you and Blago have said…

“They all do it.”

Scout

June 11th, 2010
3:42 pm

bugatti @ 3:15 :

You are correct sir and I am still waiting for Jay to do a thread on people calling me a “jarhead” !

Oh, the humiliation …………….

Paul

June 11th, 2010
3:43 pm

josef nix 3:31

“” She informed me that there was nothing wrong with it since it was spelled with a lower case “g.” She didn’t see the connection …”

Oh, I wouldn’t not be at all surprised that she did see the connection. Just didn’t want to admit to it, is all -

Paul

June 11th, 2010
3:44 pm

josef nix

“wouldn’t not”?!!?

You know what I meant -

@@

June 11th, 2010
3:44 pm

Oh, and about the Al Gore thing, jay. I can’t stand the guy. Haven’t liked him since the first day I laid eyes on him. He’s a condescending prick.

So….when your leftist contributors aren’t feeding off you, you feed off them.

Should I be impressed?

Where were Jay and Cynthia?

June 11th, 2010
3:45 pm

Please explain stands for decibels why it wouldn’t be a fair and legitimate question to ask of Jay if a colleague was doing the same thing he’s now condemning, and he didn’t call them on it?

Are you suggesting stands for decibels that it would be ok to have been silent on it, had Jay been aware of it, because it happened 15 years ago?

josef nix

June 11th, 2010
3:48 pm

JAY

That’s a good one! I’ll have to remember it! After that post I remembered another one. In our high school we had a “Stine” and a “Swarts,” as my friend, Tony (RIP), said, “the Southern Baptist spelling of ‘Stein’ and ‘Swarts.’” :-)

Matilda

June 11th, 2010
3:48 pm

bugatti,

Republicans can’t get away with what Democrats do because, (I’m proud to say), they are simply held to a higher standard.

A higher standard of what, exactly? Of “politically-correct” public speech? Gee, how do you feel about that? Certainly you don’t mean personal “fambly values” stuff, as Vitter, Craig, and Sanford seem to have indeed gotten away with their antics.

Soothsayer

June 11th, 2010
3:49 pm

Paul

June 11th, 2010
3:49 pm

Leno on the real reason the Gores divorced: “Apparently what happened, I guess she walked in and caught him boring another woman.”

“Were you sad to learn that Al Gore and his wife, Tipper — I was. I was a little sad about that. Yeah, according to the report, the two are ’separating amicably after a long process of careful consideration.’ You know, even his divorce is boring.” –Jay Leno

“After 40 years, Al and Tipper Gore have split up. Nobody knows why, but there is a rumor today that Al came home early last week and found another man’s carbon footprints.” –Bill Maher

“They could tell he was lonely as of late because when he’d hug a tree, he’d linger.” –Bill Maher, on Al Gore

Rev. Al Sharptongue

June 11th, 2010
3:50 pm

I guess Knotts can get a job on Faux News now.
He will probably get popular now like Joe the plumber and Joe”you lie!!” Wilson

cons like the lowest common denominator

Dusty

June 11th, 2010
3:50 pm

Scout,

I’ve been callled a “cracker’ and a “sandlapper” and nobody has apologized yet.

I’d be humiliated if it didn’t always make me laugh. There is some humor in ignorance. You know. Like RedNeck’s facade..

Jay

June 11th, 2010
3:51 pm

Wilson, to his credit, was among the SC Reps. who condemned Knotts.

Jay

June 11th, 2010
3:52 pm

josef nix

June 11th, 2010
3:53 pm

PAUL
I wish I could agree with you, but I honestly think from the conversations that she had no idea whatsoever of how the Romany people feel about that word. I truly think her entire image of them was based on the children’s fairy tales, “gypsies, tramps, and theives.” I don’t think she had ever once stopped to question it.

Kamchak

June 11th, 2010
3:53 pm

Please explain stands for decibels why it wouldn’t be a fair and legitimate question to ask of Jay if a colleague was doing the same thing he’s now condemning, and he didn’t call them on it?

Wow—talk about closing the barn door after flogging your gored ox.

Where were Jay and Cynthia?

June 11th, 2010
3:56 pm

Again, explain why it wasn’t a fair and legitimate question. Jay cleared up the timeline, and the AJC policy. Until that was cleared up, explain why it wasn’t a fair and legitimate question

josef nix

June 11th, 2010
3:57 pm

Yeah, ’sandlapper,’ It’s up there with ‘clay eater’

Soothsayer

June 11th, 2010
3:57 pm

University of the Future:
College of Table Waiting
College of Bartending
College of Burger Flipping
College of Car Washing
College of Dishwashing
College of All Night Fry Cooking
College of Carpet Cleaning
College of Hotel Room Cleaning

Did I leave anything out?

Jay

June 11th, 2010
3:59 pm

I don’t recall hearing either term, but I can at least guess at the derivation of “clay eater.”

josef nix

June 11th, 2010
3:59 pm

PAUL
Got a post ready tonight for Al and Tipper… :-)

Jay

June 11th, 2010
3:59 pm

the music is playing, btw

RW-(the original)

June 11th, 2010
3:59 pm

I see the South Carolina conspiracy kooks have already driven the bus out of the station, but you should really ask yourself something. How valuable is the title “Former US Senate Candidate”? I suspect in the right circles it’s worth considerably more than 10K and the title would have been earned as soon as your check got cashed. Winning the primary was just some icing.

There also wouldn’t have been much if any cross over voting because of the highly competitive Gubernatorial race on the Republican side.