Here’s the problem with South Carolina politics, folks, and it has nothing to do with philandering governors and heckle-happy congressmen.

It’s that the Upstate has too much sway when it comes to the how this state is run.

They’re different than us. They don’t have the same values.

For starters, they believe it’s a sin to drink a Bloody Mary at brunch. Hell, they even think that brunch is a sin. And you know what that means? All that carousing and cuddling you did the night before, the stuff that makes brunch not only possible but necessary, well, that’s about as sinful as sinful gets.

The Upstate simply does not know how to have a good time.

And not only does Greenville, Spartanburg, and the rest have their hands on our two U.S. senators, but it looks like they just might have their hands on the governor’s office.

See, in a quest to shore up support in the S.C. GOP and to secure his lead in the race for the Republican nomination for the governor’s office, U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, an Upstate native, has now joined hands with the forces of teetotalism and abstinence-only living: Bob Jones University.

In a press release from the Barrett campaign out today, Gresham announced that Dr. Bob Taylor, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Bob Jones University, and state Rep. Wendy Nanney have not only endorsed Gresham for gov, but they will serve on his Faith & Family Coalition Steering Committee. (Nanney is a Bob Jones graduate and Dr. Taylor’s daughter.)

“Lots of people talk about putting faith and family first, but Gresham actually does it,” said Taylor. “His faith is the foundation of his ideology and the best interests of our families is his only interest. At a time when South Carolina is facing such uncertainty, we need a leader who relies on the certainty of Christian-conservative principles. I am proud to support Gresham in his bid for Governor.”

Wendy Nanney added, “When I was considering who to support for Governor, I wanted to choose a candidate that my children could look up to — someone who would make our state proud again by defending our way of life, creating jobs and putting South Carolina back to work. Gresham Barrett is that candidate, and I am excited about working hard to get him elected Governor.”

Ugh. So, the next governor of South Carolina will either be a Bible-beater, a former member of an all-white country club, or guy who thinks that poor people are no different than stray animals.

And for those of you who think that Bob Jones unfairly gets a bad rap, consider this: BJU kids are not only forbidden to listen to rock, jazz, and country music, they can’t even listen to such contemporary Christian superstars as Michael W. Smith and Stephen Curtis Chapman.