It’s 2015 and you still can’t disown the Confederate flag? Hell, Georgia put that embarrassing relic behind us 10 years ago.
At least Gov. Nikki Haley, the Republican incumbent, didn’t refer to the “War of Northern Aggression” in this classic profile in this paean to cowardice:
“You know, the Confederate flag is a very sensitive issue, and what I can tell you is over the last three and a half years, I spend a lot of my days on the phones with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state. I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag… We really kind of fixed all that when you elected the first Indian American female governor. When we appointed the first African American senator.”
Libertarian opponent Steve French called bullshit:
“If you wanna paint your house in the Confederate flag, I am completely fine with that, as long as your HOA approves it. Now, Governor Haley talks about other businesses that never brought that up. Now, I disagree with that. I’ve got a friend, an MIT grad who works in California, who continues to bring up the fact that he wants to start his own business. And when I bring up it starting here in South Carolina, he laughs. He smirks. He still thinks of South Carolina as being this backwoods good old boy network. And that flag, I think, represents a lot of division in this state. And we need to be coming together.”