Politics as unusual

How refreshing it would be to see more campaigns that didn’t involve mudslinging

 

 

Just the subject line in the e-mail made us want to scream: "Rex responds to latest attack from McMaster."

Here we go again. Two major candidates for South Carolina governor -- Jim Rex and Henry McMaster -- carrying on a "nyah, nyah" campaign.

Voters are tired of it -- maybe more than ever. And more than ever, we need serious adults running serious campaigns that talk about the issues that touch all of us: the economy, the size and role of government, the level of taxation weighing on us.

Quit attacking each other and start attacking our shared problems!

In contrast, it must be said that Hardie Davis and Harold Jones II conducted a gentlemanly campaign for Augusta's state Senate District 22 the past month that was focused on issues and the positive attributes of the candidates. The major feeling afterward -- Davis was sworn in Monday -- was that it was a positive development, and that we couldn't have gone wrong with either guy. Each came away with his dignity intact.

When was the last time our politics made you feel that way?

Let's hope it's a trend.

Things do seem different this year. People are upset at the growth of government and the lack of listening in the halls of power. It's likely that folks will have less patience, as a result, with the old smackdown, mudwrestling politics of the recent past. People are ready for ideas and solutions, and are tired of politics as usual. Hopefully, they'll want politics as unusual .

This is a most unusual election year. The candidates who figure that out first are likely to come out on top.

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