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Tompkins’ firm is well known for playing hardball politics, particularly back in 2000, when it was then Gov. George W. Bush’s instate firm and worked tirelessly to derail the campaign of Sen. John McCain.
For the 2008 election cycle, Tompkins’ firm set up a website, shotpolitics.com, to cover politics in South Carolina, but with a heavy does of pro-Romney news. At one time “The Shot” was the National Journal’s South Carolina political link, until it was revealed that the website had financial ties to the Romney campaign.
Still, “The Shot” has been active politically for months, sending “reporters” to political events of other candidates and attempting to ask questions of those candidates during the media scrums that follow such campaign appearances.
For months, the Romney campaign has failed to gain traction down in South Carolina, failing to consistently break into double digits in the polls there. Most show Romney running in fourth place, polling at about 8 percent. Those kinds of numbers aren’t bad for a candidate with low name recognition, but not good for a candidate who has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in-state, including TV and radio advertising buys. So perhaps it isn’t a coincidence that negative stories, rumors and smear tactics against other candidates have begun to proliferate.
Earlier this year, the McCain campaign found itself once again pushing back on rumors in South Carolina that McCain’s adopted daughter, Bridget, was African-American and an illegitimate child of McCain’s later adopted by him. In fact, she was adopted from an orphanage run by Mother Teresa in Bangladesh. A similar rumor was used against McCain in 2000 in South Carolina. Several months ago, when Thompson made an appearance for the South Carolina GOP in Columbia, an unidentified man attempted to have attendees at the event ask Thompson to confirm a rumor that he’d had sex with a 16-year-old girl. Sen. Sam Brownback’s campaign, which was making a big push in South Carolina last spring, found itself combating rumors about Brownback’s conversion to Catholicism as well as the adoption of two of the Senator’s younger children from Latin America. The Giuliani campaign has had to on occasion deal with rumors about their candidate’s sexuality. A similar rumor made its way into the Senate campaign of then-Rep. Lindsey Graham back in 2002 after Giuliani endorsed him. During a debate that year between Graham and Democratic candidate Alex Sanders, Sanders said of Giuliani: “His wife kicked him out and he moved in with two gay men and a Shi Tzu. Is that South Carolina values?” Even Romney has taken hits, with blast, anonymous emails being sent to in-state Republican voters and activists raising questions about his Mormon faith.
“The reality is that South Carolina politics has always been a bit rough and tumble,” says a Charleston-based political lawyer involved in GOP politics. “No one should be surprised by any of this. Most folks in-state aren’t. It’s just the outsiders that seem shocked. Every campaign is going to find itself getting down and dirty down here, there are going to be a lot of glass houses built here between now and the primary.”p>
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online