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He Must Be One of Those Shy 14-Term Incumbents



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Oh, this screams confidence: The chairman of the House Budget Committee, incumbent Democrat John Spratt of South Carolina, is perfectly willing to debate . . . as long as there are no cameras.

This leads to interesting slogans, though: Mick Mulvaney: Because he’s not hiding from voters.

Tags: John Spratt , Mick Mulvaney

Both Folks and Folks Don’t Like It When You Suggest They’ll Back OBL



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From the last Jolt before Labor Day Weekend:

 

I’m sure we all have our own “I want this guy to go down” list. Start with Indiana’s Baron Hill for his arrogant attitude towards his constituents at his town hall meeting. Florida’s Alan Grayson for believing Congress needed to emulate the tone and attitude of the comments section of Daily Kos. Betsy Markey of Colorado suggested that the health care issue could fade in her district by November, a dismissal of voter concerns so blithe and out-of-touch, one wonders if she simply tunes out anything she doesn’t want to hear.

And South Carolina’s John Spratt is high on that list now“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.”

You know how you know you have really messed up? When the web site run by Will Folks – you remember, the infamous guy who claimed Nikki Haley found him physically irresistible and never generated much proof – can take the moral high ground, you’ve made a terrible error: “Good Lord … Spratt was ‘walking alongside’ this guy? And he didn’t strangle him for saying something so stupid? Or at the very least pop him upside the head saying, ‘what is ya, ig-nrant?’”

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Apparently John Spratt Doesn’t Care For About 40 Percent of His Constituents



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South Carolina Democrat John Spratt has a communications director who appears to be terrible at communication:

“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.

Tags: John Spratt , Mick Mulvaney

This Cycle’s Most Vulnerable Longtime House Democrat: John Spratt?



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I chatted with a Washington Republican who’s watching the House races closely, and asked whether there were any signs of old-guard House Democrats from deeply conservative, deeply Republican districts getting knocked off this cycle — incumbents like Chet Edwards in Texas, Gene Taylor in Mississippi, Dan Boren in Oklahoma.

He said that all three could be considered potentially beatable this year, but the one that jumped out most to him was 14-term incumbent John Spratt of South Carolina, who represents an R+7 district and who faces a strong challenge from Mick Mulvaney. The GOP challenger released an internal poll showing him trailing by only two percentage points.

“You saw the Democracy Corps poll which showed independents turning against the Democrats and their vote becoming more of a protest vote,
anti-Washington and anti-incumbent,” the Washington Republican said. “The question is, does that mature into an anti-Democrat vote? Is it regional? . . . Voter intensity is driven by voter anger. If it turns into, ‘I don’t care who is on the ballot, I’m going to send a message, this country is going in the wrong direction,’ then guys like Boren would be really in trouble. . . . If a guy like John Spratt goes down, don’t be surprised to see a lot of other Democrats go down, too.”

Then again, Spratt can always try to ride the coattails of Alvin Greene.

Tags: John Spratt , Mick Mulvaney

John Spratt May Not Want to Watch Cable This Coming Week



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The NRCC will be running this ad on cable for one week in the Charlotte, Columbia, and Florence/Myrtle Beach markets, trying to reach all corners of John Spratt’s 5th congressional district in South Carolina.

I’ll bet Mick Mulvaney is appreciative.

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Sprattfalling



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In South Carolina’s 5th congressional district, a new poll shows Republican Mick Mulvaney within the margin of error of incumbent Democrat John Spratt.

At the beginning of the month, I wrote:

John Spratt, South Carolina: Spratt has had health problems, this is a GOP-heavy state, and a vote for the health-care bill put Spratt’s reelection much more at risk this year than it was in previous cycles. A Public Policy Polling survey showed Spratt in surprisingly good shape, but challenger Mick Mulvaney will do everything possible to tie Spratt to Pelosi in a R+7 district.

Tags: John Spratt , Mick Mulvaney

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