Pride

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September 10, 2009 5:35 a.m.

Not sure there’s been a prouder day for South Carolina since those of John Calhoun and Preston Brooks.

Meanwhile, I’m not sure I’d realized that Wilson is actually not all that secure even in his very conservative South Carolina district. From a reader …

In 2008, Wilson was able to outspend Miller by a 2-1 margin, but still only eked out a narrow 53.7% victory in his conservative district. Until last night, the 2010 race was shaping up the same way. Wilson had raised $211k by the end of June, against Miller’s $49k.

How quickly things can change. On ActBlue alone, a host of small donors appalled by Wilson’s conduct have given $105k overnight, tripling his year-to-date tally. At that rate, he’ll overtake Wilson’s fundraising sometime around noon today. Even without any further donations, he’s already a quarter of the way to what he raised during the entire 2008 cycle.

As a society, we police reprehensible conduct by imposing steep social costs. I think that Rep. Wilson is going to find his outburst very costly, indeed.

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