One of the respondents to my guest appearance on the news editors’ blog — a fella who style himself "CowBoy" — had this to say:
To which I have this to say:
Howdy, Pardner. I do not regret endorsing Bush. I regret having no choice but to endorse Bush.
We laid out all the things that were wrong with the president in the endorsement editorial. No surprises. But I was pretty sure that Kerry would have abandoned Iraq, and that would have been a mistake of catastrophic proportions.
It was a tragic choice we were presented with, and for the sake of our nation, I hope the political parties will not impose another such lose-lose choice on the rest of us, because we can’t afford this partisan nonsense any more.
Nor do I regret endorsing either Sanford (in 2002) or Ravenel. Knowing what we knew at the time, those were the right decisions.
We are deeply disappointed in Sanford; that doesn’t mean we would have preferred another four years of Jim Hodges.
As for Ravenel, we’re in better shape with either the governor or the Legislature appointing a treasurer to serve through 2010 than we would be with Grady Patterson again. Grady, God bless him, had served his country and state with devotion, but it was past time for him to retire.
Once again, blame the parties for not giving us better choices.
I’ve got to mosey along now.