Sunday, April 24, 2005

New Ambassador: Payback for South Carolina 2000?

CTV is reporting that David Wilkins, the Speaker of the House in the South Carolina legislature and a House representative for Greenville is likely to be the new ambassador to Canada, here. Hmmmm...why would Dubya want to elevate a politician from South Carolina, who I'm guessing knows little about Canada, to such a position? Could it be that he had something to do with these allegations?

Recall that John McCain was on a roll coming out of his win of the New Hampshire primary with South Carolina then becoming a crucial test for his candidacy. If McCain had won South Carolina, arguably he'd have become a stronger challenge to Bush in the Republican nomination battle and Dubya just might have been defeated. Instead, South Carolina became the site of a big Bush win that had the effect of resurrecting his nomination - from that point on, Bush was unstoppable. But for South Carolina, and the trash campaign that the Bushies ran against McCain, it is possible that Bush would not have won the nomination. See the interesting angle suggested here for the following quote: "The McCain campaign called for a full investigation of the closure of some voting precincts in the Greenville, South Carolina area. They maintain the state GOP had said they would have the precincts open for today's vote."

And now, a man described here as the "most powerful man in the House" for the past 10 years, from Greenville, is considered for an ambassadorship to Canada. Interesting to say the least.