This has happened twice now, and it was helpful both times.
As is my usual pattern with these either-way-I’m-unhappy endorsements, I came in on the morning of June 4, the day the original Jake Knotts endorsement ran, with my usual now-it’s-too-late sense of buyer’s remorse. Not that I wished we’d endorsed Katrina Shealy (or Mike Sturkie), it was just one of those that I wasn’t going to be happy any way you looked at it.
Fortunately, Gov. Mark Sanford came to the rescue, making me feel so much better, so much more confident that we did the right thing — or as confident as I could be. We had said the governor was too fixated on getting rid of this guy — meaning that if he succeeded, it would intimidate the whole Legislature — that it was best to re-elect him. And right on cue, the governor stops everything, on the day before the end of the legislative session, to write an op-ed about why Jake’s got to go. It was highly vindicating.
Then this morning, after we’ve gone through Round Two of the Jake wars here on the editorial board, and endorsed him again in the runoff (not doing so was actually on the table, yes), and I pick up my paper today wondering whether that really was necessary, and along comes Jim DeMint to the rescue.
Things are so much clearer now. Let’s see:
- Jim DeMint is for Katrina Shealy. Jim DeMint was for Mitt Romney, right to the bitter end.
- Lindsey Graham is (by logical extension, at least) for Jake Knotts. Lindsey was for John McCain, all along, even in the darkest days. So was Jake Knotts.
- Mark Sanford, for whom there is no greater priority apparently than defeating Jake Knotts, was never for anybody but himself and the Club for Growth, his cheerleaders — that is, not until John McCain had it sewn up, at which point he weighed in with an insulting, desultory, offhand "me, too."
This makes everything so much clearer. Oh yeah, in case you didn’t know: We endorsed McCain in the GOP primary. That’s one we were utterly sure of. And unlike the governor, we actually did so when the outcome was in doubt.