Staying Classy


On a talk show tonight in South Carolina, State Senator Jake Knotts told listeners “we already have one raghead in the White House, we don’t need a raghead in the governor’s mansion.” Obama is … well, Obama and “raghead” number two is gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, who is the child of Sikh immigrants from the Punjab. Knotts later released a statement saying that his comment had clearly been meant in “jest,” which I guess counts as exculpatory in those parts.

The last we’d heard from Knotts was last September when he accused unnamed forces behind disgraced Governor Mark Sanford of spreading rumors that Knotts’ favored candidate for governor, current Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, is gay.

Bauer, you may remember from yesterday’s big developments. On Wednesday morning he fired lobbyist Larry Marchant from his campaign, shortly before Marchant came forward to say that he’d had a one-night-stand with Haley back in 2008 at a school choice convention in St. Lake City.

All caught up?


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