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South Carolina’s Divisive Message – NYTimes.com

South Carolina’s Divisive Message – NYTimes.com.


South Carolina’s Divisive Message

Since it was first held 32 years ago, the South Carolina Republican primary has been won by the party’s most electable candidate, the one backed by the Republican establishment and invariably the winner of the nomination. On Saturday, the state veered in an extreme direction, and the outcome spoke poorly for a party that allowed itself to be manipulated by the lowest form of campaigning.


South Carolina has moved sharply rightward since Mr. Obama arrived on the national scene. In 2000, 24 percent of state voters said they were “very conservative,” but that number jumped to 34 percent in 2008. Now it is up to 37 percent, according to exit polls. Two-thirds of Saturday’s voters said they supported the Tea Party, reflecting the election in 2010 of four South Carolina freshmen who are among the most extreme members of the House.

In one of the most telling results of the exit polls, most voters said that cutting the federal budget was more important than encouraging job growth. At a time when more than 13 million people remain unemployed, these voters do not want the government to do a thing about it, possibly because it might improve Mr. Obama’s re-election chances.


It was Mr. Gingrich who pulled the race into the gutter, where he found considerable support.


As one voter told a reporter, “I think we’ve reached a point where we need someone who’s mean.”

They got that candidate on Saturday.


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It Gets Even Worse – NYTimes.com

It Gets Even Worse – NYTimes.com.

If you thought the do-it-yourself anti-immigrant schemes couldn’t get any more repellent, you were wrong. New laws in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina are following — and in some ways outdoing — Arizona’s attempt to engineer the mass expulsion of the undocumented, no matter the damage to the Constitution, public safety, local economies and immigrant families.

The laws vary in their details but share a common strategy: to make it impossible for people without papers to live without fear.

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Bemerkungen zur amerikanischen Justiz

Im Zuge der Presseberichte zum Massaker In Tucson/Arizona bin ich auf einen interessanten Artikel gestoßen. Nachdem Judy Clarke, die designierte Verteidigerin des Attentäters und eine überzeugte Gegnerin der Todesstrafe, in South Carolina eine Mörderin erfolgreich vor der Todesstrafe bewahrt hat, wurde in South Carolina ein Gesetz erlassen, dass Anwälte von außerhalb des Bundesstaates nicht mehr als Verteidiger in Mordverfahren zuließ!

Mr. Bruck brought her in to work with him in defending Ms. Smith in the drowning case in the mid-1990s. Ms. Clarke’s approach often turns death-penalty defendants into confidants who must trust her with their lives. But it does not necessarily win friends outside of the courthouse.

After Ms. Clarke arrived from the West Coast to take on the Smith case, the South Carolina Legislature passed a law banning the future appointment of public defenders from out of state in capital cases.”

zitiert aus: New York Times, 10. Januar 2011

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