Vincent Sheheen has once again shown the LGBT citizens of South Carolina that he doesn’t care about getting their votes. Apparently, he doesn’t need this demo — and their supporters — to beat Nikki Haley in the 2014 gubernatorial race.

In what may be one of the most tone-deaf comments in recent memory, Sheheen’s campaign manager told The State’s Andrew Shain that the senator was noncommittal — Shain’s words, not the manager’s — about the recent 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling which deep-sixed Virginia’s gay-marriage ban and will likely nullify the Palmetto State’s own ban. Shain reports:

Sheheen “will monitor the court’s proceedings as the process continues to move forward,” said his campaign manager, Andrew Whalen.

What a coward. But more importantly, what an idiot. 

If anyone who has followed the demographic shifts in South Carolina and across the nation knows, young voters are increasingly in favor of same-sex marriage — not to mention marijuana legalization, expanding government programs for the poor and the needy, and other so-called liberal causes. Clearly, Sheheen feels no need to embrace the coming wave of a more liberal South Carolina.

Of course, that’s not to say that we won’t remain a conservative state for quite some time — if not indefinitely — but if the rise of more libertarian-leaning politicians and political activists in the Palmetto State doesn’t signal a shift to social liberalism, I don’t know what else does. Daily 4:20 bong hits in the Governor’s Mansion? Legalizing same-sex marriage between the statue of Strom Thurmond and Ben Tillman? Changing our state motto to “Go Cocks”?

Anyway, I would expect a clarification from Sheheen in the next day and another apologetic meeting with LGBT leaders in the state, complete with another empty promise.

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