“If Osama bin Laden ran in this district as a Republican, he would get 38 to 40 percent of the vote in any election year,” says Wayne Wingate, Spratt’s communications director, as he walks alongside the congressman at the festival. “This is a very Republican district. So you’ve got that plus this tea party angst against any incumbent in the world right now.”
Everyone says things they regret, but Wayne Wingate had better retract that and would be wise to apologize. Of course it’s hyperbole, but the literal meaning of the words suggests that about 40 percent of the congressman’s constituents are so blinded by partisanship they would support a mass murderer of Americans if he had the right party affiliation.
UPDATE: After his party nominated Alvin Greene, no South Carolina Democrat should ever mock a South Carolina Republican for being a voter base of uninformed, unthinking partisans.