Conley saga proves ineffectiveness of state Democratic Party

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In the early 1800s, the Federalist Party pursued a strategy so wrong-headed and reckless that it destroyed the organization and left America a one-party nation under James Monroe in the “Era of Good Feelings.” Subsequently, the Whigs started up in opposition to Andrew Jackson, and when sectionalism raised its ugly head, the Whigs split with a part joining the new Republican Party and the others folding back into the Democrats.


In the 21st Century, it appears that 50-odd-year process of political organization and reorganization is needed here in South Carolina. The Democratic Party in this state is moribund, useless. The leadership is incompetent and there seems to be little point to it being around.

The failure to recruit and fund a viable candidate to run against Sen. Lindsey Graham is the most glaring example that the state party can’t do diddly, and moreover, doesn’t seem to care.

It’s doubtful that state Democrats would have another shot in the next several cycles to bring down either U.S. Senator, and especially Graham, who is disliked by conservatives and liberals alike. But, did the party try to get someone? Doesn’t look that way. Did any Democratic politician in this state with a modicum of name ID try to make a run? Doesn’t seem so.

And, what happens? Voters go to the polls and pick between two people without knowing anything about them – for a U.S. Senate campaign! This wasn’t a Democratic primary race for SC-4, this was a big deal. With two nobodies on the ballot.

Now you have Bob Conley, a “Ron Paul Democrat” running as the Democratic nominee, a campaign which in all due respect is going to generate more jokes than votes this year. If this election was held as a Web vote, he might have a chance, but this isn’t going to work out.

You can tell a lot about a candidate from their campaign disclosure reports. Conley’s are written in pen (most high-level campaigns have so many pages it is easier to do typed-out), with mistakes crossed out (argh) and most of his contributions coming from places like Indiana and California. And only a little over $5,000 coming in. That was just July 10, but that’s pretty bad.

If the S.C. Democrats can’t do any better than this in one of the most Democratic-friendly cycles in forever, it’s time to pack it up. It’s time to dissolve the party in a pool of margaritas.

A yard sale on candidates, platforms and old computers. Everything must go.


3 Responses to “Conley saga proves ineffectiveness of state Democratic Party”

  1. 1 Lee
    August 11, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Make lemonade!

    Support Bob Conley who is very similar to Hollings in his political views and has many of the same views as other Blue Dog Democrats who have upset entrenched Republican neo-cons in the last few years. On the other hand, if you’re hoping to get a uber-liberal elected in South Carolina, you’re spinning your wheels.

    Bob Conley is completely opposed to the GOP positions on the following defining issues of the day:
    -> The occupation of Iraq
    -> Amnesty for Illegals
    -> so-called Free Trade
    -> Importation of foreign nationals to take our jobs and drive down Americans’ pay.
    -> Gutting of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights: so-called PATRIOT Act, Military Commissions Act, etc.
    -> Corporate welfare (related to all of the above, believe it or not)

    I would think that surely, just based on the moral high ground regarding the war, you would have to support his candidacy.

    Bob, with virtually no money, may, as others have before him in other states’ elections, fall into the seat due to an Obama surge of Democratic voters in this state and an anti-Graham backlash among many conservatives.

    Corporate welfare in its various incarnations is Lindsey’s achilles’ heel. It’s an issue that brings together conservatives and liberals alike. It is Graham’s obvious and overwhelming sin. You can actually do something about Graham’s war-mongering and selling out of America.

    Check out http://AimHighWithBob.com and make a difference this election instead of just complaining.

  2. August 15, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Be careful not to rouse the flakes and nuts. These people don’t live in the real world.

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