The governor called me a few minutes ago to belatedly take issue, in his mild way, with a short editorial we ran last Saturday. I drew a blank at first on the subject, since it had been over a week since I had read it, but it came back to me when I called up a PDF of that day’s page as we were talking.
The only thing that seemed to bother him was the word "setback."
"I don’t think it was a ‘setback,’" he said. "Some things are possible, some things are probable, and some things are impossible."
He said Alabama had already shown Airbus they could take a wing off a ship and swing it into its destination inside of an hour. In South Carolina, that would have been a six-hour process, necessitating traveling a much greater distance. "We just didn’t have the infrastructure."
Still, he thought it was worth taking a shot at it. "We had a good site, but… we didn’t have anything right there at dockside."
And he didn’t consider it worthwhile to try to compensate for that (even assuming it would be possible) by offering a bigger incentive package than Alabama.
"We ain’t gonna do what, in all due respect, the last administration did, which was buy jobs."