June 8th, 2010
09:07 AM ET
12 years ago

GOP governor's race makes Sanford's legacy seem tame

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/02/art.youtube.cnn.jpg caption="In just a matter of weeks, Nikki Haley has gone from long-shot to frontrunner in the South Carolina governor's race."]Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - It's easy to forget that for a while there, the South Carolina governor's race was a pretty tame affair.

The four-way Republican primary fight was, for the better part of a year, focused on issues like health care, job creation and federal spending. A year after Gov. Mark Sanford committed political seppuku on national television by admitting to an affair with an Argentinian woman, the GOP candidates appeared eager to get beyond salacious headlines.

The three Democrats vying for their party's nomination were getting less attention as usual, but still hoping that Sanford's tarnished reputation would give them an opening in November.

But in the race's final month, Palmetto State Republicans managed to give new definition to that famous remark of James Petigru, a long-deceased state legislator: "South Carolina is too small to be a republic," he said, "and too large to be an insane asylum."

Updated: 10:21 a.m.

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Filed under: 2010 • GOP • Mark Sanford • Nikki Haley • South Carolina
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  1. Ben in Texas

    "Everybody wants to be number one or number two," McMaster said on Monday. "Nobody wants to be number three."

    I know what "Number 1" and "Number 2" are. I guess SC is so much in the political gutter that it also has a "Number 3". I'd hate to think what that could be.

    From where I sit, it looks like politics in SC is a Number 2 flinging free-for-all.

    June 8, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    Old are the days when the biggest thing South Carolina GOP had to worry about was mistresses in foreign countries...

    ...the days of crazy infamous 21st century GOP are here, LOL.

    One thing constant about the Republicans is that they are like Evel Knievel, they always have to outdo last weeks crazy and dumb by being even crazier and dumber this week.

    As someone few days ago said...

    ...stay classy South Carolina.

    June 8, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. Who Cares?

    "South Carolina is too small to be a republic," he said, "and too large to be an insane asylum."

    Perfect. 'enough said on this parcel of land in the US.

    June 8, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Marry

    SC presents itself in an especially sad picture leading up to the November election. If voters are a little bit smart, they listen very carefully to the tone of the candidates and vote for civility, and for people that want to bring the country forward with class and integrity. One should not go for candidates that are going after their very own agenda through fear, nastiness and making up their own “facts”. If they already tell you “stories” before they are even elected, you will not be able to complain that you are being taken for a ride later! I know, thinking is a little demanding, and putting in one’s own intelligence is not for everybody possible, but really, you do have a responsibility and it is worth a try!

    June 8, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    , "South Carolina is too small to be a republic,"
    "and too large to be an insane asylum."
    Wish that it were, to the former.ALL evidence points to the contrary to the latter!

    You guys in South Kakalakee can keep acting as if no one outside your state is going to get wind of your "eccentricities" and lack of moral compass if you want to. However, don't complain when the electric 50' fence goes up around your state. The Center for Disease Control has already been called in to come and analyze the water in your state. We are hopeful that they will quaratine the "carrier" of whatever it is that is ailing you guys. The spread of whatever it is that is ailing you has to be contained and eliminated before you pose a serious threat to the rest of the nation. It's already too late for Arizona!

    June 8, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. focused on issues?

    what is wrong with these canidates

    there must be some mud to sling

    they need to behave like the rest of the 'let downs' in office

    June 8, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |