Confederate Flag Takes Center Stage Once AgainThis is via Instapundit, who seems to disapprove, and Riehl World View, where Dan Riehl considers the flagpole remark vulgar. Of course, the idea that outsiders shouldn't be telling the citizens of South Carolina what flag they should have is one of John McCain's positions. When I say "one of"Â his positions, I mean he's always been willing to change his position to whatever he thinks will get him closer to the Presidency. Bloggers seem to think that, as Bob Krumm puts it, this remark will "come back to haunt him" in the general election, if he gets the nomination. But who, among the general electorate,Â hates the Confederate Flag? Only African-Americans, who vote 90 percent Democratic anyway, and far-left Democrats who will either vote for Democrats, the Green Party, or Bernie Sanders.
By MICHAEL COOPER Published: January 18, 2008
COLUMBIA, S.C. â€” The Republican presidential candidates on Thursday moved to appeal to different types of conservative voters before the South Carolina primary, with Mike Huckabee using colorful language to declare the Confederate flag a statesâ€™ rights issue and Senator John McCain embracing a supply-side tax cut proposal.
â€?You donâ€™t like people from outside the state coming in and telling you what to do with your flag,â€? Mr. Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, told supporters in Myrtle Beach, according to The Associated Press.
â€?In fact,â€? he said, â€?if somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, weâ€™d tell them what to do with the pole; thatâ€™s what weâ€™d do.â€?