“Governor, you can’t buy South Carolina. You can’t even rent it.”

Fred Thompson to rival presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The former governor of Massachusetts has invested millions of dollars of his own money in his presidential campaign. Thompson has invested hours of nap time… Okay. At least a good hour of nap time. Source: CBS News

Inez Not A Colbert Fan; “Candidate” Gets Last Word

We didn’t think there was anyone — ANY ONE — who thought Stephen Colbert had the slightest chance of appearing on the ballot after looking at the state Democratic Party’s requirements. He had to show he was actively campaigning in the state (and one weekend certainly doesn’t cut it) and he had to prove he was viable nationwide (part of his pitch was that he was only campaigning in South Carolina).

Though these requirements were obviously (almost comically) unmet, former State Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum, a big Barack Obama supporter, was working hard to keep Colbert off the ballot.

“I called them to see what they were thinking and if they had made up their mind,” Tenenbaum told CNN. “I am a volunteer in that campaign, and so I am not a staffer. And I thought it could have taken votes away from a lot of people.”

The campaign stressed that the calls weren’t encouraged by the campaign and that there was at least one high-profile Obama supporter, Dick Harpootlian, who wanted to see Colbert’s name on the ballot.

Colbert released a statement on the failed campaign last week, just as the Hollywood writers strike began that has temporarily forced his show off the air.

“I am shocked and saddened by the South Carolina Democratic Executive Committee’s 13-to-3 vote to keep me off their presidential primary ballot,” he said in the statement. “Although I lost by the slimmest margin in presidential election history — only 10 votes — I have chosen not to put the country through another agonizing Supreme Court battle. It is time for this nation to heal. I want to say to my supporters, this is not over. While I may accept the decision of the council, the fight goes on! The dream endures! I am going off the air until I can talk about this without weeping.” —Greg Hambrick

1 percent

That’s how many voters polled said President George Bush is the best president America has ever had. Really. Not kidding. Twenty-three percent of more rational folks (who actually pay attention) said Bush has been the worst president we’ve ever had. Source: CNN

Jones/Jones ’08

Fred Thompson visited Charleston earlier this week and has hit the state with campaign ads. While his most ardent supporters are drawn to his conservative principles, most just loved him on Law & Order. In that spirit, we’ve compiled our own list of electable actors known primarily for the charismatic nobility of the roles they play.


James Earl Jones: He’s famous for the menacing voice of Darth Vader, but nothing says America like Jones’ turns as a principled CIA chief in Patriot Games and as an ardent baseball fan in Field of Dreams. Movie line turned campaign message: “Peace, love, dope! Now get the hell out of here.” —Field of Dreams


Edward James Almos: Tough on crime? Check (Miami Vice). Tough on education? Check (Stand and Deliver). Tough on both aliens and terrorists? Check (Battlestar Galactica). TV line turned campaign message: “There’s a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.” —Battlestar Galactica


Tommy Lee Jones: His campaign may be cursed by the failed presidential run of college roommate Al Gore, but he’s got the kind of gruff grimace that has made Thompson a contender. Movie line turned campaign message: “I’m either lying or I’m gonna shoot you. What do you think?” —The Fugitive


Al Gore: Sorry, we couldn’t resist. He’s won an Oscar and a Nobel Prize! Movie line turned campaign message: “I’m Al Gore. I used to be the next president of the United States of America.”—An Inconvenient Truth

“This is not the movie industry. You can tell what’s in a book by opening a book and reading it.”

Nitro, W. Va., literature teacher Steve Shamblin on the school district’s consideration of a book rating system after parents complained about the mature content of Beach Music and Prince of Tides by the almost-local author and perpetual Charleston favorite Pat Conroy. Source: The Associated Press