2008 The Republican Field Girds Itself For South Carolina Showdown
posted by January 18 at 12:36 PMon
Posted by Ryan S. Jackson
The best on-the-stump quote ever, from The Politico’s Roger Simon as he follows Team Fred Thompson on the way to tomorrow’s make-or-break moment in the South Carolina primary:
“It’s good to be back in home territory where they know how to cook green beans!” he said.
“And they are not crunchy!” he continued.
Everybody cheered again.
Folksy. Conservative. Breathing. Fred Thompson has it all going for him tomorrow except for his polling numbers, which are pretty horrid for a state where he intends to make his last stand.
Meanwhile John McCain, 2000’s pariah candidate of alleged-illegitimate-black-child fame, has swept the editorial endorsement of every major paper in the state, and the same polling shows him to be the probable winner; probably mostly because the poll in question has an undecided voter count of 19%, which makes it essentially meaningless.
Mike Huckabee continues his turn hard to the right, adding to his prior statements about homosexual marriage equaling a de facto bestiality endorsement by now coming out in favor of displaying the Confederate flag.
Mitt Romney won’t be actively participating in South Carolina (he’s headed to the sparsely attended Nevada Republican caucus instead), and is already spinning his loss. Following his lead, the Giuliani campaign remains camped out in Florida.
The Ron Paul Blimp, now a neglected media narrative, is presently hovering over a mall in South Carolina.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, who is becoming my favorite weird political obsession, is vowing to convince voters that he can really become the nominee—one rural South Carolina diner at a time.