Esquire Politics Editor Slams South Carolina As 'Tribal,' 'A Cult'

Have liberals already conceded defeat in today's South Carolina special election? Though polls show the race a true toss-up, some Democrats are attacking not just Republicans, but smearing the entire state as well.

During today's Stephanie Miller Show, guest Charlie Pierce of Esquire Magazine slammed the Palmetto State as "tribal", "a cult" and the ultimate dig, "religious"! From the program:

STEPHANIE MILLER (07 May 2013): The cogent point in your headline “South Carolina is still South Carolina.

JIM WARD: Ha ha ha ha!

STEPHANIE MILLER: Obviously the latest poll had Mark Sanford ahead, right?

CHARLIE PIERCE: And you know I I I I I appreciate that it that the fact that it’s that competitive is an amazing thing, but it’s still South Carolina.


CHARLIE PIERCE: But it’s still South Carolina.

STEPHANIE MILLER:  Right because.

CHARLIE PIERCE: I mean and a and a it’s still tribal and it’s still religious and it’s still a cult. It’s not about politics here.

STEPHANIE MILLER: And as you say it’s South Caro freaking lina.


STEPHANIE MILLER:   What do people expect?


As a former columnist for the stuffy Boston Globe, Pierce is well-versed in parochial snobbery, but it's hard to imagine how this kind of loose talk is constructive for his "progressive" friends.

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