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  •  It's interesting... (2+ / 0-)
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    Just Bob, roadbear

    I was shocked in 2010 when the majority of, let's say, educated republicans that I know stated they were not going to vote for Haley.  I thought that her opponent, Vincent Sheheen, might just have a chance.  Unfortunately, he came up short, but it was closer than I would have thought.  The good old boy mentality down here is way too strong sad to say.   She's not all that popular, so I could perhaps see her getting primaried out, but if she wins the nomination in 2014, re-election is a slam dunk unfortunately.  

    •  As someone who has only lived in SC for 2 years (6+ / 0-)

      It still amazes me what the level of hatred toward President Obama is, and how so many people  fail to equate the out of state interests (except for their vacation home on Kiawah Island or another beach community) that have taken over the state with why they have to send their kids to private schools, or why the libraries struggle to acquire materials, computer hardware, or new facilities despite the extensive growth of population in many parts of the state over the last several years. They fail to equate that decades of one party rule has left the state a mess, yet keep voting for those same politicians with the blind hope that these issues will be addressed. It's why the roads and infrastructure are falling apart, communities are literally spreading themselves out to the hinterlands (Moncks Corner, some 40 miles from downtown Charleston is now part of the Urbanized Charleston area, according to the US Census Bureau, while mile after mile of former port areas and rundown neighborhoods exist in the inner sections of the region. It is an area that, despite the extensive coastlines, discussions of rising oceans and climate change are verboten.  As someone that looked at these issues from a planning perspective, it scares me what will happen to Charleston (and SC as a whole) once fuel prices really spike in the next decade or so, and climate change affects the state further.

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