Catching the South Carolina Fever

RightWatch: The closer politicians get to the Palmetto State, the dicier their rhetoric gets.

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Which suggests to me that the spell that overcame Clinton has reached all the way over to Iowa and struck poor Santorum, too, taking control of his rhetoric long enough to send a message to the hard-core Southern conservatives who abound in the Palmetto State. It's the fever that infects white politicians when they approach South Carolina, and you just have to outvote them. There doesn't seem to be any cure.

Jack White keeps an eye on right-wing politics for The Root.

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