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