South Carolina as ‘the whoopee cushion of the nation’

It’s still morning, and over at Politico, Jonathan Martin already has the quote of the day.

From his look at Alvin Greene and South Carolina politics:

State Rep. Anton Gunn, an up-and-coming Democrat, said there is now a national perception about the state along the lines of, “If you want to hear something crazy, if you want to see something stupid, come to South Carolina.”

“I don’t agree with it,” he added, “but there’s this imagery of us being the whoopee cushion of the nation, and we continue to exacerbate that.”

Updated at 12:17 p.m.: A few minutes ago, a loyal reader called to say that he’d heard the “whoopee cushion” line before – from Jon Stewart with “The Daily Show:”

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So the phrase isn’t an original piece of work from the South Carolina state legislature. But if two people have in fact said it, then it becomes a trend.

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46 comments Add your comment

Matt in Athens

July 26th, 2010
9:53 am

Hehehe… exacerbate.

Rob Vinson

July 26th, 2010
10:03 am

Thank God for South Carolina…they make Georgia look better!

Red

July 26th, 2010
10:10 am

Well what do you expect? With voting along the lines of ‘first name on the ballot’ do you really think of SC any other way? If I were a Dem in this state, I’d be wearing a paper bag to hide my shame. Your base is so lousy that they didn’t even know who was running for Senate. Which typically is a decent size of the vote regardless. Difference this time was the candidate with less ID and first name on the ballot actually won – by astounding numbers. I think this is quite telling of the state of the SC Dems.

Mugwump

July 26th, 2010
10:11 am

And jn SC they put slaw on what they call a bar b que sandwich …..worth noting .

lmno

July 26th, 2010
10:14 am

Well Red, it certainly seems that the primary victory of Alvin Green is a black eye for the states Dems. However, South Carolina has been the butt of jokes for quite a while. Certainly, the current Governor has been bad and he is no Democrat. Even the GOP candidate for Governor has her own baggage.

bart

July 26th, 2010
10:39 am

Georgia is now fast becoming the joke of the nation. With talk of secession, microchip implants, etc. etc, etc. Now, as one of our 2 finalists for Republican Governor, we have a guy (Nathan Deal) who is not only a career politician, but was named by the non-partisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington as one of the 15 most corrupt members of Congress. And before anybody tries to say that CREW is liberal, 8 Democrats were named along with the 7 Republicans. Is Deal really the kind of person we want as our next Governor?

truedat

July 26th, 2010
11:01 am

He stole that line from Colbert or Stewart. Heard it a couple weeks ago.

JWH

July 26th, 2010
11:01 am

Lucky for them they didn’t have an aardvark on the ballot.

Conservative Thinker

July 26th, 2010
11:17 am

Congrats Bart, you have been watching the Barnes commericals. Something new please.

Jawgee Goobers

July 26th, 2010
11:17 am

Hahaha! Good Morning Ga Goobers. So SC is giving GA a run for the money as the national laughingstock. The question is which candidate for Goobernor is going to restore the Beloved Rebel Flag to its rightful place of honor?

Jawgee Goobers

July 26th, 2010
11:22 am

Now if you really want to make any perceived libruls in Jawgwee or Dixie sweat, start pushing the secession thing . From my own experience, i have learned that the people you most want to be rid of (people with a brain) get as nervous as a sore-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs when you mention that the South will probably be a separate country soon and they will need a passport to get out.

SC Refugee

July 26th, 2010
11:22 am

I consider escaping SC the greatest accomplishment of my life. I grew up in Charleston and I’ll never live in SC again. Right Wing republicans use religion to take advantage of the gullible masses – who are thrilled with being left behind. There is some change there now, with employers like Google drawing more educated people to the state and more people from the north taking advantage of cheap housing prices and moving in – they finally managed to get rid of their idiotic mini bottle law. Still there is an abundance of ignorance there terrified of change and devoted to their good ole boy politicians. Strom Thurmonds reign was not due to his political qualifications, but the mass ignorance and fear of change of the mass voting population of the state. All the fuss over Al Green just shows how little the place has changed since I left 17 years ago.

bart

July 26th, 2010
11:25 am

Well, conservatrive thinker, if you don’t think all of that is true, I have some beach front property in Noth Dakota I want to sell you. We are becoming a laughing stock.

khc

July 26th, 2010
11:26 am

sounds like ga moving that direction

Jawgee Goobers

July 26th, 2010
11:26 am

And don’t worry about the Yankees kicking your ass back to the Stone Age (like you’re not already there) this time. While i am sure (LOL) they will be sad to see you go, i am equally as certain there will be no armed resistance to your departure, And you can fly the Rebel Flag as the national flag – where it should be – and President Sarah Palin will smile out over her loyal subjects.

Mrs. Glenn Richardson

July 26th, 2010
11:31 am

I went a Republican caucus there once, but the meeting couldn’t start because no one brought the snake.

Jawgee Goobers

July 26th, 2010
11:37 am

Beautiful Words from James Howard Kunstler:

“Behind the incoherent cargo of conflicting complaints that makes up Tea Party doctrine — like “keeping the government’s hands off our medicare!” — stands the more basic dissolution of the Sunbelt’s miracle economy, along with the pain and bewilderment of the southern peckerwood political nexus that rose out of the dust after World War Two to build the suburban nirvana of universal air-conditioning, happy motoring, Jesus tub-thumping, over-eating, and Friday night football that defined Sunbelt culture. They sense now that history is about to thrust them back into the okra patch, with the hookworms and the chiggers, as the economy whirls down the drain, and the car dealerships close up, and the idle production homebuilders succumb to methedrine addiction, and the price of Reba McEntire tickets exceeds their dwindling resources, and they are none too happy about any of that.
Of course this Sunbelt political culture has tentacles and outposts all over the USA, wherever a few generations of laboring folk enjoyed debt-fueled parabolic rises in living standards during the cheap oil decades, and now find themselves in foreclosure hell, indentured to the very WalMarts that they welcomed with open arms (and allowed to destroy their local businesses) — and, of course, it’s yet another paradox that these are the same folk who will still defend the big box masters to their deaths. The America they stand for is a weird contradictory mish-mash of Confederate nostalgia, hyper-individualism that really owes allegiance to nothing, racial enmity, religious paranoia, and potemkin patriotism — especially involving anything in the constitution that allows them to wriggle out of obligations to the public interest at the same time that they get to push other groups of people around.
The Tea Party people are the corn-pone Nazis I have been warning you about. They are gathering strength in numbers as President Obama and congress fritter away their remaining legitimacy in a manner of governance that more and more resembles an endless Chinese Fire Drill.”

Bubba

July 26th, 2010
11:41 am

Are all these neo-secessionists KGB agents? See http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123051100709638419.html

david

July 26th, 2010
11:48 am

Gov Sanford has a cute soulmate down in Argentina but she ain’t as cute as that girl from Columbia that dances at Follies on Buford Hwy.

GaCracker

July 26th, 2010
11:51 am

I live in this politically retarded state and I don’t know which is worse, the politics or the summer heat!

bart

July 26th, 2010
12:07 pm

Sadly, Kunstler is dead on.

David S

July 26th, 2010
12:07 pm

Oh yes, and a contest between Hank “be careful or the island might tip over” Johnson, Vernon Jones (problems too numerous to count) and Connie Stokes (have you watched the county commission meetings?) is certainly nothing to laugh at right????

Government is a joke. It really doesn’t matter what state you look at, the results will always be the same.

RED HEAD

July 26th, 2010
12:07 pm

Sorry… but Washington DC in my opinion is the whoopee cushion of the US. I wouldn’t trade SC for any of Washington DC

Dirty Dawg

July 26th, 2010
12:11 pm

You don’t really think that Dems actually nominated this dude do ya? The thing that those of us that don’t agree that Repugs should be able to vote in Dem primaries, and vice-versa, believed could happen, did. Our buddies on the Tea-bag side decided that it would be a great joke – in addition to ensuring that the Demented One could be re-turned to Wash – to vote in some no-name…and if you don’t believe that some Repug operative/sympathizer paid the guy’s entry fee then your delusional about that as well.

The only thing that can possibly happen is that South Carolinians decide to ‘turn the tables’ on De-Ment and vote this fool into office.

markie mark

July 26th, 2010
12:25 pm

I am reading the comments here and have to wonder ……why the hell do most of you live here if you are so disdainful of it? Delta can take you anywhere you wish to go…..

Another South Carolina Refugee

July 26th, 2010
12:33 pm

Also a native South Carolinian, and I’ll tell you that if you take Atlanta out of Georgia it would be South Carolina (or Alabama or Mississippi). It’s a case study on what happens when you systematically underinvest in K-16 and elect bible-thumping Cletuses and clueless Libertarians to lead your state. And, you’ve got a political class on the Right that has virtually ignored its most impoverished region (along the I-95 corridor) at the state’s peril. You can’t grow a state economy while ignoring almost a third of your state’s population. Many of them have been content with building the Upstate and ignoring everyone else, and the worst part is that they’re going to elect a Mark Sanford clone who’ll take ideology over substance and results any day. Why? Because they reflexively vote Republican no matter what you say or stand for. No one is ever given a fair hearing, so there are no repercussions if you don’t perform (see, Mark Sanford) or if you leave the state without telling anyone as you won’t even get impeachment article out of committee (see, Mark Sanford). For Georgians, if you keep electing the “I’ll build fishing ponds instead of investing in our children” governors, you, too, will be knocking on the South Carolina’s door as the most embarrassing state in the union (honestly, you’re not too far off).

outlier

July 26th, 2010
12:37 pm

As H.L. Mencken said, South Carolina is too small to be a seprate country, but too large to be an insane asylum.

outlier

July 26th, 2010
12:38 pm

Make that separate country. I don’t want the retired English teachers after me.

Red

July 26th, 2010
12:48 pm

Dirty Dawg – do you have any proof of this or is this a side effect from the foil on your head? With such a contested GOP primary, I think the GOP voters were more concerned about their own races than to dip over to your side and make some immensely profound statement with that many votes. Can a Dem ever take responsibility for their own actions? The “Blame the GOP for everything” line is getting very old…

khc

July 26th, 2010
12:50 pm

hey markie, you buy my house i make take you up on it

songbird

July 26th, 2010
1:41 pm

Markie- I would leave but my job is here.

cgm

July 26th, 2010
1:54 pm

I love South Carolina. Born and raised ten minutes from good ol’ Alvin. I don’t see how an incompetant african-american has turned south carolina into such a joke. Sorry, but have you seen our president? The entire nation is a “whoopee cushion”.

Oh, and for the record, not everyone here puts cole slaw on a barbeque sandwich. Actually, I dont even know anyone that does that.

Kandy

July 26th, 2010
2:24 pm

S.C. Refugee, sadly, you are so right. Ask yourself, are we better off than we were 8 years ago when Perdue and his Republican cronies took over? Of course not, but as you say we’ll keep on reflexively voting Republican regardless of how incompetent or corrupt they are. Why? It’s a mystery to me.

Dave

July 26th, 2010
3:59 pm

I’ve lived in SC my whole life and the first time I saw cole slaw put on BBQ was in Hickory, NC.

BeyondTheRhetoric

July 26th, 2010
6:13 pm

Bart: I keep seeing “The 15 most corrupt members of Congress’ list come up in local blogs. I invite the media and public to research the list creator, CREW, ‘Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington’, online. You will find that this organization is funded by the far left organization ‘Democracy Alliance’, which, in turn, is funded by members such as George Soros, Jonathan Soros, Rob Reiner and the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) to name a few. As a side note, the Democracy Alliance also provides funding for ACORN, the New Democratic Network, and the Progressive Majority.

As for CREW’s List, of course they are going to put some Democrats on the list, otherwise it would appear to be biased. Democrat Representative John Murtha, on the list, is dead. We all know what is going on with Charlie Rangel, finally, after a two year investigation the House is prosecuting him. Senator Roland Burns from Illinois is not running for re-election, etc. etc.

Billy Joe Poteet

July 26th, 2010
8:13 pm

I agree with Markie. It’s time for those of you who don’t like Georgia or the south to move on. It’s strange to me that we have so many people from other places move here. I don’t see a whole lot of native southerners moving north or faw west, though. If you’re going to enjoy our hospitality, please be a considerate guest and dhut the hell up!

Billy Joe Poteet

July 26th, 2010
8:14 pm

correct that typo to read, “shut the hell up”.

Billy Joe Poteet

July 26th, 2010
8:14 pm

correct that typo to read, “shut the hell up”.

GI Dolly...

July 27th, 2010
1:17 am

Time to go and hike appliachian trail. Go Fish!!

Amren

July 27th, 2010
11:01 am

Look for Whites to flee S.C. en mass once the blacks take over and pull the God honoring Confederate flag and monuments down from the Statehouse.

Blacks will eventually destroy everything Whites built, just like in Reconstruction I.

Debdoes

July 27th, 2010
11:54 am

Dear ‘Red’…shut up and go back to work. SC is the whoopee cushion of the country no matter who said it…my ex in-laws live there!

Calvin B.

July 27th, 2010
9:40 pm

Veteran, College Graduate, Truly, ALVIN GREENE is a man of the people. You can make all the fun of him you want, but he is going to put on a little show in South Carolina.

Once again if progressive minded Democrats of all colors ban together they can use this man to help break the iron grip on this nation of the military-industrial complex that General and President Ike warned the nation about.

Example, No unemployment benefits to helpless workers. 38 Billion more dollars to go to Afghanistan. No questions ask. That’s the power of the military-industrial complex. Charlie Rangel is fighting to stay as House Ways & Means Chair. He has been under investigation for two years. Perhaps because he want to re-establish the draft. The poor and working voluntarily join the Armed Services. It is a way up. Who does NOT fight. But earns trillions off the military and its useless wars—The Rich and Powerful..

So, laugh it up about good ole “Turtle” Alvin Greene, but South Carolina just like Georgia has 50% of the total vote. That’s why there has been nothing writiten about the campaign of Michael Thurmond in Georgia. Popular, Labor Comm. JOBS, JUSTICE, EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SCIENCE.

Calvin B.

July 27th, 2010
9:46 pm

That’s Blacks have 50% of the total votes. If Black peeled off a sliver of other progressives ( the youth, college students, veterans) then. “HANDS THAT PICKED COTTON. HANDS THAT ONCE PICKED COTTON – CAN SELECT SENATORS!!”

vuduchld

July 28th, 2010
8:28 pm

South Carolina is my birth state and I would have to agree wuth that assestment. Ever since Jim Edwards became gubner back during the 1970s the state has become a joke, a complete laughing stock. Jawja should take some comfort because while it is near the bottom of the list, South Carolina and Mississippi are aT the bottom of the list of everything that matters. What’s even more funny is that Jawja and the other states mentioned are ready to elect yet again incompetent idiots to office. YIKES!!

SpaceyG

July 29th, 2010
9:43 am

Born in SC. Lived in GA for last 25 years. One day Imma gonna get to New York City. If it’s the last thing I ever do.

FromIllinois

August 18th, 2010
6:10 am

It’s not South Carolina, it’s the Democratic party. In 1986, in the “great state” of Illinois Adlai Stevenson III, grandson of the “great Democrat” Adlai Stevenson (who lost twice to Dwight Eisenhower), had won the Democratic primary to run for Governor. Stevenson formed a third political party to run for governor and totally abandoned the Democratic ticket. The Democrats had voted in the primary to nominate two La Rouchies, Mark Fairchild for Lt. Gov. and Janice Hart for Sec’y of State.

It also had something to do with the sound of the names of Fairchild and Hart versus the sound of the names of the other “really legitimate” Democratic candidates on the primary ballot. You have to love it,