On the day before vote, S.C. candidate for governor releases his (gulp) lie detector results

Only a pessimist would say that South Carolina politics can’t get any weirder. This from WIS-TV in Columbia:

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer of South Carolina. Associated Press.

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer of South Carolina. Associated Press.

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has released the results of a lie detector test which he says proves he isn’t behind a string of attacks against one of his Republican opponents, Rep. Nikki Haley.

In a GOP gubernatorial debate last week in Charleston, Haley accused Bauer of being responsible for charges of marital infidelity against her. Larry Marchant, one of the two men who have claimed past relationships with Haley, was a consultant to the Bauer campaign until the day of the debate.

See Bauer’s entire polygraph test here. But consider the interrogation page below.

One of the first questions asked is, “Prior to this year, did you ever tell a serious lie to anyone who really trusted you?”

“Yes,” the sitting lieutenant governor of South Carolina told the lie detector.

Oh, said the flummoxed political analyst, suddenly caught in one of those confounding logic traps. Does confession to big, substantial lies in the past mean that you’re more likely to be telling the truth now?

Another question: “Before 2010, did you ever try to lie your way out of any serious trouble?”

“No,” said Bauer. Oh, said the still baffled political analyst. So this is his rookie year. And perhaps we should cut him some slack.

One question left out by the polygrapher: Who in his right mind would release something like this on the day before a statewide primary?


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21 comments Add your comment


June 7th, 2010
6:21 pm

Who would release it? A candidate whose political career is about to end with a 4th place finish.

Marcus Graham

June 7th, 2010
6:57 pm

I wished that they had asked him the CLOSET question. Well, hell, we already know the answer to that one. NEVERMIND!


June 7th, 2010
7:33 pm

He falls into the McBerry realm. Difference is parents feel safer around ‘Dre.


June 7th, 2010
9:55 pm

The world of the GOP, from coast to coast, is a mess. And, with the candidates they’re fielding, they don’t deserve to win.

The race in South Carolina is like American Idol, but in this case they’re trying to win the “I Want To Be The Next Strom Thurmond” contest as they try to prove to South Carolinians the Ol’ South is still alive.

John Galt

June 8th, 2010
8:10 am

The real questions are why anybody would bother with a lie detector test at all, and why anybody puts any stock in the answers. The polygraph is neither valid nor reliable, meaning that it does not test what it purports to test, and the test results are not the same over repeated trials. In other words, it’s useless. The polygraph is easily fooled, and the results are meaningless.


June 8th, 2010
8:12 am

This crew makes Strom look like gentleman and a true statesman.


June 8th, 2010
8:38 am

Just remember folks, when Andre Bauer comes up to you in the coming weeks and months, don’t give him any handouts. Treat the jobless bum like a stray animal.

Anyone think we could convince another country to buy South Carolina from us? I’m sure it’d at least help pay off a bit of our national debt.

John K

June 8th, 2010
9:02 am

I’m so glad to have the party of family values as my moral compass.


June 8th, 2010
9:04 am

Whoa!?!? ATHtoATL sell SC? What’s the deal, I’m assuming you’re a Georgian and I’d like to know how you’re so much holier than we Carolinians. We shouldn’t be selling anyone out except for maybe the preponderance of the national and state governing body. Then start over… with people that’ll still make it worse.


June 8th, 2010
9:14 am

ATHtoATL– sell SC?– Who in their right mind would buy it?…


June 8th, 2010
9:18 am

Does Nikki Haley have political views that would make her marital indescretions hypocritical?

Cause if not, I am not opposed to her occassional fulfillment of her desires.

However, if she is one of these holy rollers who spout about the moral decline of a society, then I believe the admittance of a member into her nether regions from a non-spousal partner make her unqualified.


June 8th, 2010
9:19 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.

You Asked

June 8th, 2010
9:23 am

Thank goodness the prevailing winds come from the West. Now if we could do something about the odors our own candidates are emitting.

You Asked

June 8th, 2010
9:24 am

Morrus your message is stuck! (I’m waiting for the police to find the three month old body slumped over the keyboard in a downtown apartment, finger poised over the enter key.)


June 8th, 2010
9:24 am

Boots – don’t just limit yourself to the GOP. The whole world of politics is a mess. Both parties have their share of trash. The Dem running for Obama’s old Senate seat is as corrupt to the point of making the Chicago political establishment blush. Not to mention Blago selling a seat to the highest bidder. Both sides lying about military service, Dodd quitting after payoffs from those he tries to regulate, etc., etc.


June 8th, 2010
9:53 am

Such fine specimens of GOP assets for political office. I can’t figure out who’s worse — Bauer or Haley. The leadership of South Carolina’s GOP need to be labotomized.

Road Scholar

June 8th, 2010
10:00 am

You Asked: Funny!

Morrus: Yeah, let’s elect mindless, unqualified people over an incumbent who is effective!


June 8th, 2010
11:24 am

Who cares who this woman once slept with when she was probably vulnerable. If anything, the husband forgave her behind closed doors. It looks like she’s an intelligent woman who has her ducks in a row in public and private. SC needs to move beyond this and create a better education system and jobs. It looks like the woman is trustworthy and capable of doing the job.


June 8th, 2010
11:30 am

John Galt, you have no idea what you’re talking about. It sounds to me like you got caught lying on a polygraph. I have been a Polygraph Examiner for over 20 yrs. It is not 100% accurate but it is highly reliable with a competent, professional examiner!

John Galt

June 8th, 2010
9:06 pm

BS, David, your post is sheer job justification. Polygraphs are completely unreliable and invalid. Always have been always will be.

You have based your career on a lie.

John Galt

June 8th, 2010
9:22 pm

For a scientific evaluation of the “lie detector,” see:


It’s absolutely amazing that the U.S. government, including the FBI and CIA, rely on these quack machines to the extent they do, even after the machines have failed to catch spies so many times.