Senator Jim DeMint is stepping down from his office in South Carolina. This means that Governor Nikki Haley gets to appoint a replacement. I have no confidence at all in Haley, and I think this is an absurdly unlikely long shot, but some people are pushing to have her nominate Herb Silverman, an intelligent, competent guy with a history in South Carolina politics, but also an out atheist.
Right. Nikki Haley will appoint a liberal atheist to replace conservative Jim DeMint. And I might find God paddling a little rowboat in my toilet.
But we can push. The Charleston newspaper has a poll.
Stephen Colbert 31 votes (13.08%)
Herself No votes.
U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy No votes.
Former state attorney general Henry McMaster No votes.
Ricardo Montalban 1 vote (0.42%)
Former first lady Jenny Sanford 2 votes (0.84%)
U.S. Rep. Tim Scott 18 votes (7.59%)
Herb Silverman 185 votes (78.06%)
DHEC director Catherine Templeton No votes.
Hmm. Ricardo Montalban…an intriguing choice, rich and resonant, supple and smooth, like soft Corinthian leather…but he is not and has not been a South Carolinian, and there’s the little matter of being dead for three years (but then, you know that line about “From Hell’s heart, I stab at thee…” … there’s at least some hope of posthumous action.)
Colbert gets nominated for everything. Forget it.
I guess I just had to vote for Silverman. Only 185 votes so far? I bet you can jack that up by quite a bit.