Purist Democrats in SC compare themselves to the Tea Party, because they perceive that the Tea Party has tremendous influence. Fact is, the Tea Party is destroying the Republican party. And fact is, the only way Democrats can win marginal districts and have a hope of controlling the State House, Senate, or constitutional offices is by respecting the views of conservative Democrats who have won districts that trended Republican, and who mostly vote with the Democratic caucus. The way many Democrats turned on Leon Stavrinakis in the mayoral election was just shameful. I've lived here for 20 years, and Leon has been a respected party leader all that time. But because he doesn't always vote with the purists, they savaged him, led by Ginny Deerin. Sometimes I think the purists like the martyrdom of being out in the cold.
I have a friend who has a good heart, but he's very right wing. He announced that he was supporting Trump, and I said "Great!" He said "you're just saying that because you're a Democrat," and I said "Right!" He just looked puzzled.
Trump's 35% is not even 35% of Republicans. It's 35% of "likely" voters, mostly likely primary voters. He will get the nomination, and drag other Republicans on the ticket with him into the abyss. The difference between the snarling dogfights which are the Republican debates, and the thoughtful, friendly Democratic debates is striking. America is not what the Republicans portray.
We are so privileged to have Michael Allen among us. He has a unique gift for laying out history which may be uncomfortable for some, but doing it with calm and dignity and clarity. He has made a tremendous difference in Charleston and the region, and most people don't even know who he is.
Stratton -- you're focusing on the drunks, and from that perspective, Folly Gras was no different than other festivals, but they screwed up the traffic, so it was impossible to get to the west side -- a street that was supposed to be one-way west was one-way east. Sounds like a small thing, but being trapped by traffic is the biggest complaint about the festivals, not the drunks. And it's not just the residents. There are lots of businesses besides bars and restaurants on Folly, and they are hurt by festivals -- real estate companies can't schedule open houses, for instance. Doesn't mean we shouldn't have festivals, but you can't solve problems until you face up to them.
This is a wonderful piece, and I'm so relieved to see it. The whole AMHS debacle has been painful to see. I doubt that the kids created the watermelon "tradition" -- they would have been unlikely to be able to reach back in history. Some adult at the school dreamed that one up, and unless it was the coach, that lamebrain has gone unpunished. And we have lost a fine superintendent, who has done wonders with this district. And we have exposed a Board of Trustees which is incredibly insensitive, if not worse. All of Charleston has suffered with this.
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