Friday, October 19, 2007

Ghosts of 2000 haunting the world

A reminder in the NY Times today of the monumental smear campaign that was launched against John McCain in the 2000 primary season in South Carolina. It's the state that ensured George W. Bush would be the Republican nominee as it was the next state to vote after New Hampshire, that had given John McCain an 18 point margin of victory. South Carolina put an end to the McCain express. As the 2008 season gets underway, and McCain's travelling in South Carolina, the dirty tricks used by the Bush forces get laid bare all over again.

Can't help but remember this dandy, the closing of GOP polls in Greenville, South Carolina suddenly on primary day, when those polls were likely to go for McCain. And guess who is one of the most prominent politicians of the last few decades from Greenville, South Carolina? The now U.S. ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins who served as South Carolina state co-chair for Bush 2000.

So you know who to thank...