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What Scott Brown’s Win Means for S.C. Politics

January 25, 2010

By Michael S. Smith II

Republican Senator (elect) Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts carries with it far greater political implications than simply providing senate Republicans the filibuster powers they may need to block passage of Congressional Democrats’ behind-closed-doors-written health care (insurance) reform bill. And some of those implications are better understood by no one other than South Carolina Atty Gen Henry McMaster (RINO), who is currently a “Republican” candidate for governor of the Palmetto State.

It now appears quite possible that McMaster, best known to many for both his failed 2009 crusade against Craigslist and his appointments of several important donors to his political efforts to represent South Carolina in a tort suit against drug maker Eli Lilly (credit due to The Wall Street Journal on breaking the latter news) — add to that the scandal associated with one of his deputy South Carolina attorneys general getting caught in a Columbia graveyard in a car filled with sex toys and an adult entertainer (see Stripper) late one night in 2009 — may be off the hook when it comes to his efforts to lead a group of various states’ attorneys general who are contesting the constitutionality of the Corn Husker(Nebraska) Deal.

Brown’s victory was a victory for McMaster in that “Ol’ Henry” might not have to continue putting on display his incompetence as a lawyer, or his ineptitude as a so-called “steward” of South Carolinians’ interests.

Congratulations, Mr. Attorney General. The less work you actually have to try to do, the better you’ll look for voters in South Carolina.

Meantime, the jury is still out as to whether U.S. Sens Graham (RINO, S.C.) and DeMint (R, S.C.) were doing the McMaster campaign a favor by calling on him to lead the fight to highlight the unethical and perhaps even unconstitutional aspects of the Corn Husker Deal. As if McMaster has ever played well with others.

Were Sens Graham and DeMint trying to help elevate McMaster’s profile, or were they instead just trying to give South Carolina’s attorney general enough rope to hang his gubernatorial campaign out to dry on?

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