With the Democratic frontrunner for South Carolina’s new congressional district quitting the race today, Republican candidate André “poor people are like stray animals” Bauer’s path to the U.S. House just got a lot easier. The former GOP lieutenant governor and gubernatorial candidate released a new TV ad on Friday, and let’s just say it’s a little heavy on the imagery:
In case you weren’t keeping track, that was a total of nine pairs of scissors flashing across the screen during the 30-second spot. Bauer’s scissor-happy imagery is meant to emphasize (ad nauseum) his opposition to tax increases, but it also says much more about his approach to governing.
Of course, it’s worth noting that Bauer did propose a $90 million cigarette tax hike during his failed run for governor, but that’s beside the point. Hypocrisy and politics go together like Myrtle Beach and air-brushed T-shirts, so nobody should be surprised that Bauer is no different.
Bauer also says he’ll fight against raising the debt ceiling, joining the obstructionist no-compromise movement to torpedo the economy’s fledgling recovery led by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC). Of course, with Republicans banking on Mitt Romney being elected president, it would be entertaining to see how Bauer sticks to his promises once President Romney inevitably raises the debt ceiling — as pretty much every modern president has done, including Reagan.
Regardless of who’s in the White House next year, most economic experts almost universally agree that letting the United States default on its debts would cause nothing short of economic collapse. But if Bauer gets his way and the economy does take another George W. Bush-style nose dive, Bauer says he’ll also oppose any stimulus spending designed to get the country back on track — double whammy!
Bauer’s ad is clearly meant to shore up his tea party credentials, something he utterly failed to do during the race for governor. While he currently appears to be leading as the Republican candidate, there’s still plenty of campaigning left before André gets to head to Washington — especially if he decides to go off-script again.