It’s beginning to look as if this could be a very interesting campaign season as concerns the gubernatorial race in South Carolina and the issue of the state’s Department of Social Services will be the battleground upon which it is fought.
All it takes is turning on the television to see the landscape of the campaign beginning to form on the horizon. The Democratic Governors Association has now joined the fray, tossing down the proverbial gauntlet in a new ad campaign which began across the state recently.
In the television spots there are random quotes from news publications across the Palmetto State and a message of Gov. Nikki Haley’s inability to address the issues with the department.
This publication doesn’t necessarily take a stand against the message this new ad campaign is disseminating, and will not address its efficacy or validity. Where this particular publication does take umbrage is the trend already developing on the part of the Democratic Party’s similar stance in addressing questions and providing answers as the present administration.
Gov. Haley was taken to task in a recent editorial for her repeated refusal to respond to interview requests, even if it was nothing more than a statement of refusal. Instead all is quiet in the governor’s mansion and despite the rhetoric the competition is spouting, the same political stance is being taken with zero interest in addressing questions concerning proposed solutions or how to change the current state of affairs.
This newspaper contacted Haley’s counterpart in the upcoming election, Vincent Sheheen, with a request to discuss recent questionable cases from across the state and as of the writing of this editorial has yet to receive so much as a phone call.
As a voter, do not be fooled by rhetoric, ads, and unfounded rumors. Demand answers not just words.
This election could be the most hotly debated and contested since the mansion rested on the issue of legalizing the lottery and the video gambling debate but will play out differently by both parties. Should the status quo continue, you will not hear the governor address the DSS albatross around her neck until forced to in open debate and her competitor will only be glad to point out the problems while offering no solutions.
To fix a problem you first have to recognize and own the problem and in politics that is suicide. Pointing out the problem without offering a solution is much like attempting to prove a negative, it’s fruitless and in the end nothing is resolved.
So settle in South Carolinians. You are about to watch what could be an epic battle even professional wrestling would enjoy. One side is going to duck and weave while the other uses DSS as a Buford Pusser style stick to beat the incumbent while no one says or does a thing to make it better.
This could be a bloodbath. Unfortunately, the blood will be shed by innocents whose names will never appear on a single ballot.