“The key is remembering that at home there is no enemy trying to kill you. Don’t carry a loaded weapon in your car. If you do, that’s a sign the transition isn’t going so well. So watch out for yourself and your buddies.”

Taken from training material on www.battlemind.org, a U.S. Army website created to help veterans re-adjust to civilian life 

Bill Gets Serious About Hillary

If it was a pep rally people were expecting last week when they saw former President Bill Clinton campaigning for his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, at Trident Tech, they didn’t get it.

“I want to just talk today, if I could, not give a big whoop-tee-do political speech,” he told the crowd. “I think this is a time when we all need to be thinking.”

There was a lot of “this is important” and “this is serious,” signaling that we are, in fact, heading toward the home stretch.

He said we’ve got to get out of Iraq responsibly and restore our standing in the world. Our military is also overextended, with Navy reservists getting Army training.

“If we’re using the reserve reserves, we’re in for a world of hurt,” he said.

Health care and the growing wealth disparity are priorities for Hillary, along with putting money into pre-K, classroom best practices, and universal access to a college education.

Ater serving as president through years of economic growth, Clinton said that the current administration has ignored a tremendous resource that could offset a troubled economy.

“We walked away from the most productive source of new jobs we’ve had since we mobilized for World War II, and that is a serious commitment to a clean, independent, efficient energy future,” he said.

The campaign event spotlighted what has frustrated other campaigns: the two-for-one analogy the Clinton camp likely wants to infer, but not exactly confirm. Other wives stump for their candidate, but when Clinton talks about paying attention to Turkey and reducing foreign debt, he adds authority other campaigns can’t hope to match. —Greg Hambrick

Campaign Soundtrac k

Here’s a quick playlist of the pre-event music from Bill Clinton’s stop for Hillary at Trident Tech.

• “You and I
,” Celine Dion (official campaign song)

• “Right Here, Right Now
,” Jesus Jones

• “Suddenly I See
,” KT Tunstall

• “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
,” Bachman- Turner Overdrive

• “Rock This Country
,” Shania Twain

• “September 1968
,” Earth, Wind, and Fire

• “Are You Going My Way?
,” Lenny Kravitz

• “We Can
,” LeAnn Rimes


That’s North Charleston’s rating amongst the most violent cities in America. Source: The Post & Courier

“With so many large delegate-rich states moving up so early in the process, it’s impossible to think that it will be over after only three states vote.”

That’s Rudy Giuliani’s campaign manager, Michael DuHaime, rejecting the conventional wisdom that South Carolina is the make-or-break state for the GOP nominee. Source: Time

Something to Truly Remember Them By

When people say they’re tired of debates where candidates just hit brief campaign points and don’t actually debate the issues, what they’re really saying is that they miss those witty comebacks that used to make debates good television. While you’re sitting there struggling through the next debate and another well-intentioned but dull answer on Darfur or Social Security, you now have a small devotional to provide the commentary you so desperately miss.

I’ll Be Sober In the Morning, touts a collection of great political comebacks, putdowns and ripostes. Here are a few zingers:

• When Rev. Edward Everett Hale was chaplain of the U.S. Senate, he was asked if he prayed for the Senators. “No,” he said. “I look at the Senators and pray for the country.”

• When a TV reporter was interviewing New York Mayor Ed Koch, he pressed the mayor on an issue. Koch, clearly frustrated, leaned closer to the reporter and said, “I can explain this to you; I can’t comprehend it for you.”

• During a television debate against Sen. Fritz Hollings in 1986, Republican Henry McMaster challenged his opponent to take a drug test. “I’ll take a drug test,” Hollings said, “if you’ll take an IQ test.”

• After Press Secretary Bill Moyers delivered grace over dinner, President Lyndon Johnson complained to Moyers that he couldn’t hear him. “Mr. President,” replied Moyers, “I wasn’t speaking to you.”

I’ll Be Sober is edited by College of Charleston professor Chris Lamb, illustrated by City Paper cartoonist Steve Steglin, and published by columnist Will Moredock from Frontline Press. —Greg Hambrick