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LIVE Blog:Editor of SCHotline to provide commentary on results tonight on ETV 8-10PM

January 20, 2008

mike-green.jpgMike Green will be LIVE blogging in ETV Studios Tonight…Make your vote known and please tell us why you voted the way you did and why!

We are about 1 minute out and I am here with Roxanne Walker and Brad Warthen.

Now Andy is talking with our favorite GOP Chairman from Spartanburg. This guy never ceases to amaze me if he can find a camera he will jump in front of it.

Here we go with our first report.

I am predicting it will be a McCain evening followed closely by Mike Huckabee, Thompson then Romney. If this happens McCain will get a big boost in Florida and I believe go on to be our nominee. I do not think anyone can stop him at this time. Rudy’s strategy of waiting until Florida is proving to be a fatal flaw.

On our first cut away Roxanne went right for the party is in disarry card. Just watch the next cutaway and I will get a good zing in on the Dems.

To all the Ron Paul supporters out there why don’t you put your energy to good use and take out some Rhino’s in the statehouse.

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer is now speaking and he makes one good point that we need to have both primaries on the same day. I agree wholeheartedly this was crazy having the primaries on different days. I disagree with him that the state ran the election well. The whole point of letting the state take over the primary is that no polling places would be closed or consolidated. Then they come out about two weeks before the election and consolidate precincts. Not to mention all the problems in Myrtle Beach. Who are the election officials down there? They need to be held accountable for this mistake.

It looks like it is going to be a long night. Things are just to close to call. I get to go first on our next segment.

We just found out that Brad Warthen went to Memphis state University.

It appears that Mitt Romney is not going to get a bronze tonight but a ribbon for participation.

I am getting word the Upstate is half in and Huckabee is only leading there by 11% of the vote. This will not be enough for him to win here in South Carolina. CNN website is showing what counties are in and how much they are in. Here is the link. http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/primaries/results/county/#val=SCREP1

Let’s change the subject now and talk about the whole election process here. I believe South Carolina has lost some prominence in the national spotlight. This compressed election cycle hurt South Carolina and the decision of Mitt Romney to not participate here hurt us as well. Also the election was not as negative as it was in 2000. I credit the rise of the internet and blogs as to stopping this. We along with other blogs were able to expose it and put a spin on it before the main stream media reported it.

Now for some analysis of the race. It appears that Fred Thompson was the spoiler of the race for Mike Huckabee. If you look at it he cut into his leads in the Upstate region and Huckabee was never able to make it up. One could only guess what would happen if Thompson had not been in the race. We could be looking at a Huckabee victory tonight.

The question now is when will Mitt and Thompson drop out. Mitt has put so much time and effort in the state and if it continues and he finishes forth it will not be good for Mitt going into the Flordia primary. It seems the voters of South Carolina knew who Mitt was and rejected him for some reason. It might have been the over scripting of the candidate or maybe it was his lack of connection with the voters. Who knows but it will make an interesting study for some political science student.

Let me say thank you to SCETV for allowing me to give some insight into the Presidential race and thank you for listening to it. I will have some more comments tomorrow on SCHotline.com

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. January 20, 2008 12:45 AM

    Heart w/ Thompson, but knew the race was between Huckabee and McCain. With such a close race I did not want McCain to win over a drain off Huckabee so I voted my second choice – Huckabee. I think this is true of many. I think the Huckabee/Thompson vote will show the true sentiment of SC.

  2. January 20, 2008 1:16 AM

    Tonite is January 19th..What’s this Jan 20th stuff?

  3. Darrell Wallace permalink
    January 20, 2008 1:18 AM

    I voted for Ron Paul. His voting record for pro-life, against wasteful spending and his firm stand on illegal immigration are more believable. McCain is for amnesty, Huckabee has a past Arkansas record or pro-illegal and this sudden change of his is political only. It’s time to bring the troops home and put them on the borders. We cannot win the war in Iraq. The Bible is clear that the descendents of Ishmael are chips off the old block. Ishmael was deemed a wild man and his descendents’ hands would be against his brothers. I am not a prophet or the son of a prophet but as a student of God’s word, we cannot win. Ron Paul realizes this as he too is a Christian and a student of the Constitution of the U.S. We are so far off the Constitution and have been since 1860 that I wonder if even Ron could steer us back. But I think to try him is worth the effort.

  4. January 20, 2008 1:28 AM

    Here in the Midlands (Columbia) I ran across a lot of Fredheads. One was trying to decide whether to vote for Fred or against another candidate by voting for a third.

    He thought that Fred was so far behind that voting for him would be a waste. At the same time, he really doesn’t like the Huckster, so he thought that a vote for Romney would be a strategic move. When I asked about McCain, he replied that the man had served his country well but was too old and had more baggage than is lost at O’Hare International Airport each year. So I just reminded him of Marcus Aurelius’s observation on life: “The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”

  5. January 20, 2008 1:38 AM

    As for Roxanne, let her yuck it up. David Broder accurately pointed out that none of the Democrat candidates have squat for executive experience, while the GOP-ers have it, in and out of gummitnt, out the wazoo.

    The Dems have 2.5 candidates, none of which will come to mind if any pollster asks “Who would you like to be in the White House if Pakistan fell to al Qaeda and the Islamists gained control of its nuclear arsenal?”

  6. January 20, 2008 1:50 AM

    Mike – brilliant observation. So, if a Republican gets elected, we will be at war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan? And where will we find the troops to fight these wars?

  7. January 20, 2008 2:19 AM

    Harden –

    You caught me! You’re of course entirely correct: we should ignore the threats and let Pakistan be Pakistan, Iran be Iran, and NorKs be NorKs. That worked in the 1990s and should be good enough for us today. So next week I’ll enthusiastically vote for Monica Lewinsky’s ex-boyfriend’s spouse.

  8. Irwin Fletcher permalink
    January 20, 2008 2:24 AM

    Bad day for Republicans in South Carolina. McCain is a joke. Who in their right mind would have voted for this loser. I guess he’s better than Ron Paul

  9. west_rhino permalink
    January 20, 2008 2:28 AM

    Mike, I think the jury’s out and this could be the death knell for SC holding down the first in the south if things fractionate as would seem to titillate Roxanne.

    It is good to see that Roxanne can smile.

  10. Irwin Fletcher permalink
    January 20, 2008 2:30 AM

    That is not an attractive chick on ETV.

  11. Irwin Fletcher permalink
    January 20, 2008 2:31 AM

    What a goof!

  12. Irwin Fletcher permalink
    January 20, 2008 2:32 AM

    goofy dude choking on a cough drop

  13. Irwin Fletcher permalink
    January 20, 2008 2:33 AM

    Mike Campbell is such a winner. Has he gotten taller?

  14. Irwin Fletcher permalink
    January 20, 2008 2:44 AM

    Maybe I missed it, but did Mike Huckabee mention his “push polling”?

  15. Irwin Fletcher permalink
    January 20, 2008 2:52 AM

    if you got calls from republicans, you won’t be getting calls from Dems. Bonehead.

  16. Irwin Fletcher permalink
    January 20, 2008 3:06 AM

    McCains mom must be 100

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