In terms of politics, South Carolina could be deemed as the Tar Pit State as it hosts the very crucial Republican primaries on Saturday, January 19. While things look to have been civilized in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Michigan, the mudslinging has taken effect the last few days prelude to the South Carolina primary as the top candidates have slung mud at each other.
Asides from the mudslinging, outside groups have emerged from the woodwork using questionable tactics which could be deemed as dirty tricks aimed at bringing down one another. But, they risk tarnishing all of the candidates in the GOP race in South Carolina.
However, this is not something that the voters in South Carolina have not seen. John McCain was a target of smear campaigns in South Carolina back in 2000. One smear ad accused McCain of fathering a black child out of wedlock. Another smear campaign accused McCain of abandoning veterans.
In the political history of South Carolina, that was the nastiest race ever waged. While the race is more negative than the earlier states, the level of mudslinging has toned down.
The mudslinging might have opened up when Fred Thompson came to visit South Carolina. He took a jab at Mike Huckabee during a debate in Myrtle Beach.
“This is a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party and its future,” Thompson said during that debate.
He adds: “On one hand, you have the Reagan revolution. You have the Reagan coalition of limited government and strong national security. On the other hand, you have the direction that Gov. Huckabee would take us in. He would be a Christian leader, but he would also bring about liberal economic policies, liberal foreign policies. He believes we have an arrogant foreign policy in the tradition of ‘blame America first.’ He believes that Guantanamo should be closed down and those many enemy combatants brought to the United States to find their way into the court system eventually. He believes in taxpayer-funded programs for illegals, as he did in Arkansas. He has the endorsement of the National Education Association, and the NEA said it was because of his opposition to vouchers. HE said he would sign a bill that would ban smoking nationwide. So much for federalism. So much for states’ rights. So much for individual rights.”
He ended it with: “That’s not the model of the Reagan coalition – that’s the model of the Democratic Party.”
Ever since that debate, all the GOP candidates have been on the receiving end of vicious barbs. McCain has had his time as POW questioned again. He has been accused of betraying his fellow POWs.
Tensions have escalated between both Thompson and Huckabee.
In South Carolina, it would look as if the mud will fly in all directions.