Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., stands with, from second from left, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., during a rally, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Wall Street Journal calls these comments by Senator Marco Rubio to Clemson voters ‘the greatest pander of all,’ and it’s hard to argue otherwise. It’s also a pretty good summation of what has been a fairly nasty (if not as dramatically so as before) South Carolinian primary week. Rubio was riffing off on college football (which is the de facto state religion in most of the South*, in case you weren’t aware), and finished up with this:

“I’m here to ask for your vote for one simple reason: Everyone else in the Republican primary was rooting for Alabama,” Mr. Rubio said, referring to the University of Alabama’s win over Clemson in the national title game. “I don’t know if that was true or not, but in this campaign, it doesn’t matter.”

…Bolding mine, and pretty much.  I need hardly note that you absolutely have to go out and vote today if you’re a Republican in South Carolina. I won’t tell you who to vote for, with one caveat: if you vote for Donald Trump, you will largely deserve whatever happens next if he ends up winning the nomination.  And please don’t bluster about how everything will actually be ‘great again’ if he wins the nomination: that’s childish nonsense, and we all know it.

(Via @scottlincicome)

Moe Lane

*Except where high school football is, of course.