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S.C.'s new senator is quite an idiot. Here are some other great senators from the article:

Here’s a sampling of what U.S. senators and wannabe senators from South Carolina have said and done along those lines since the early 1900s:

• Democrat Ben Tillman, senator from 1895 to 1918, publicly advocated killing black people who sought to be the equal of whites. In 1902, when President Theodore Roosevelt nominated William Crum, a black, to be port collector in Charleston, Tillman growled, “We still have guns and ropes in the South.”

• In 1925, when he arrived in Washington, Democratic Sen. Cole Blease proposed legislation to make it a federal crime for a preacher to marry a black person to a white. He also opposed a monument to honor black U.S. soldiers killed in World War I. Blease once said of whites in South Carolina: “There is no marrying to Japs and Chinamen and other mixed breeds.”

• Democrat Edgar Brown, S.C. House speaker, ran for U.S. Senate in 1926. Brown attacked his opponent, incumbent Ellison Durant “Cotton Ed” Smith, also a Democrat, on the grounds that Smith supported the World Court, which supposedly had black judges. The charge proved false — the court was all white — and Brown lost. The KKK burned a cross near Smith’s house anyway.

• Smith, who was senator from 1908 to 1945, walked out of the 1936 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia when a black preacher gave the opening prayer. Smith also once said it was a “crime against the boys and girls in this country” to allow “foreigners to come in and pre-empt our lands.”

• Democrat Jimmy Byrnes, senator from 1931 to 1941, didn’t use racist language. But he helped lead a Senate filibuster in the late 1930s to block a federal law that would have cracked down on the lynching of blacks in Southern states. At the time, more than 3,200 people had been lynched in the South since 1882. More than 80 percent of the victims were black. Few lynchers ever served a day in jail. Byrnes’ stances against civil rights probably cost him a chance to be President Franklin Roosevelt’s vice president.

• Olin Johnston, senator from 1945 to 1965, boasted in 1950 that, as governor, he never appointed a “Negro to serve on boards with white men and women.”

• Strom Thurmond — U.S. senator from 1954 to 2003, first as a Democrat and later as a Republican — said in 1959 that Asians were unqualified to be U.S. citizens because of their heritage. That’s why he voted against giving statehood to Hawaii. From 1948 to 1970, Thurmond also helped lead Southern efforts to deny civil rights to blacks.

• Donald Russell, senator in 1965 and 1966, didn’t use racist language. But during his short appointed term, the Democrat voted against the Voting Rights Act of 1965. After that bill passed, significant numbers of S.C. blacks registered to vote.

• Democratic U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings, elected in 1966 and now serving his last year in office, has called Mexicans “wetbacks” and blacks “darkies” and has made cannibal jokes about Africans.

About the only senator from South Carolina in the past 100 years to avoid negative stereotypes is U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., elected in 2002.

“People should be judged on their conduct and not their status — that’s just what Senator Graham believes,” said his aide Kevin Bishop. Bishop quoted Graham as saying, “The better able we are to disagree with each other and to accept our differences, the stronger we will be as a nation.”

And that nation includes gays and unwed mothers, Graham’s spokesman said.
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swolfe From: swolfe Date: November 3rd, 2004 07:33 am (UTC) (Link)
i love it. maybe it's time to start looking for a job in vegas.
christy_p From: christy_p Date: November 3rd, 2004 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)

the good ole southern hospitality in SC (that's a joke, btw)


this guy is scary. he actually said bush wasn't religous enough.

he held a goodly portion of the thrid party votes in SC...such that at first i was concerned that he was from SC.
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