The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Memo From the National Affairs Desk: Somewhere, There Is an Island …

Thirteen-year-old editorial assistant Jefferson McCain staffs The National Affairs Desk, 8:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 ROCK HILL, S.C. Jimmie Bise Jr. was on the phone when I turned off the exit from I-77 North and hooked a left toward the McDonald’s. We were discussing the finer points of blogger ethics, and the importance of […]

What Does This Sentence Mean?

“Base hostility will now be exacerbated by Mitt Romney’s backers now undoubtedly making a conscious effort to prop up Rick Santorum to shut down Newt Gingrich.” — Erick Erickson, Red State Last night I found myself talking to Caleb Howe, who said how much he hated the argument that a vote for Candidate X is […]

Charleston Afterthoughts

CHARLESTON, S.C. We left the Citadel a little after 10 p.m. and came down to the Courtyard by Marriott on Calhoun Street, where everybody was hanging out. After a while, it was decided that we should go get burgets at Big Guns. Will Upton of Americans for Tax Reform checks his Twitter feed while we […]

SOUTH CAROLINA PRIMARY RESULTS: Newt Gingrich Stops Mitt Romney’s ‘Inevitability’; Rick Santorum Places Third

CHARLESTON, S.C. The polls just closed and we are at Mark Clark Hall on the campus of the Citadel, where Rick Santorum will have his Primary Night celebration. Santorum today said he would be pleased with a third-place finish and would definitely stay in the race through the Jan. 31 Florida primary. Fox News declared […]

South Carolina Primary Day: Before My Saturday Afternoon Nap in Charleston

The National Affairs Desk, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. Squinting at my computer screen while blogging about Will Folks. NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. Last night I lost my temper and blew up at Ben Howe, who was defending Erick Erickson’s pro-Perry bias as if it were an inconsequential thing to be shrugged off, despite its […]

Rick Santorum Crashes Blog Bash, Impresses Conservative New Media

Rick Santorum answers questions at Blog Bash party Friday in Charleston, S.C. At left is Alice Linahan, who arranged his attendance at the event. CHARLESTON, S.C. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum made a surprise appearance Friday night at an invitation-only party for conservative New Media, drinking beer, eating pizza and taking questions from bloggers and […]

Will Folks: Now His Sacred Honor Compels Him to Gay-Bait … Me?

CHARLESTON, S.C. Longtime readers will perhaps need no introduction to Will Folks, the South Carolina political gossip blogger who made himself an infamous laughingstock by claiming to have had an affair with Nikki Haley. The vile human stain whom I dubbed “Deuce Bigalow, Blogger Gigolo” is now supporting Ron Paul — go figure — and when […]

Deadline Hell in South Carolina

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley spins for Mitt Romney after the CNN debate, Jan. 19, 2012 CHARLESTON, S.C. Last night was one of those deadline nightmares that occasionally occurs when I’m exhausted, trying to make sense of a complex situation with a brain numbed by fatigue. I only got about four hours sleep after my […]

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