If you did, let me break it to you: no, it doesn’t.
The video (via Palmetto State Politics) is here: flip ahead to 5:53, where Lt. Governor candidate Larry Richter casually calls into question the combat service of Lt. Governor candidate Bill Connor. Repeatedly. With a smirking sneer and a greasy awareness that he won’t get decked for it. Some points to address there:
- Bill Connor is a combat veteran (Afghanistan).
- Larry Richter is a draft-dodger and a former judge who left the judicial circuit under circumstances that involved repeated uses of the phrase ‘allegations of cocaine use.’
- Bill Connor is a reform and Tea Party candidate for SC LT GOV.
- Larry Richter is a crony of state Senator Jake Knotts, who is of course a crony of Lt. Governor Andre Bauer, who is of course currently trying to accuse current SC-GOV front runner Nikki Haley of being a dirty adulteress without any of it spilling on his own hands. Not that he’s succeeding.
- Bill Connor’s voters are Nikki Haley’s voters, and vice versa. It’s thus in Bauer’s interests for Connor voters to be discouraged, and in Richter’s best interests for Haley voters to be discouraged.
Erick was scrupulous about separating out his approval of Bill Connor from the official approval of RedState, and I’ll do the same: it is merely my opinion that voters next Tuesday give both Nikki and Bill an outright majority in the primary. It will be an inadequate substitute for having Larry Richter, Jake Knotts, Andre Bauer, et al horsewhipped – but we live in an imperfect world.
PS: If you’re wondering why anti-reform politicians in South Carolina are this abjectly stupid, the answer’s pretty simple: they’re not used to scrutiny. This is one of the first major election cycles that they’ve had since YouTube came along. They’re not really good at covering up – and neither are their pet bloggers. And no, I don’t mean Stacy McCain there.