The news of the “I Believe” license plate really took off nationally today (I’ve seen it in various spots) with the announcement by Lt. Gov. André Bauer that he would happily front the $4,000 needed to start production.

Of course, we have to read something political into this. But what we’re not sure what it means, exactly.

Enamoring himself with the religious right would be an asset if there was any particular office he was looking at. But the only one up the ladder will include a hard race with Attorney General Henry McMaster, who hasn’t announced his plans to run, but has been raising money and getting his name out nationally on socially conservative issues like gay marriage.