This Campaign Season, South Carolina Is a Cold Place

The state has just half the population of New York City, but spread across the area of 115 New Yorks. You can drive for miles, one hand on the bottom of the wheel, passing nothing but broken cars and the occasional bit of meat. If you’re lucky, then you’ll find a Waffle House, God’s gift to society, where a heaping breakfast can be had for less than five bucks.

You can’t spend your New York money even if you want to. In Myrtle Beach, I Googled up the most expensive hotel in town. Myrtle Beach is very long strip of hotels along the ocean, with some very fancy homes tucked away here and there. It’s Miami without the Cubans and hardly any Jews. And so at what was allegedly the expensive hotel—it did have “resort and spa” in the name—I told the night manager that I wanted to bilk my boss and that he should give me the priciest room going. It is $135.95 a night.

The morning after the debate, the Obama campaign put South Carolina politician Inez Tenenbaum and State Representative Bakari Sellers on the phone with reporters. They were protesting what they characterized as the Clinton campaign’s “overt effort to distort” Mr. Obama’s record.

“The robocalls, the direct mail—I’ve been a victim of these tactics,” Ms. Tenenbaum said. (In 2004, she lost the state’s formerly Democrat-held senatorship to hard-right Jim DeMint.)

It’s “just plain old dirty politics,” said Mr. Sellers. And how did African-Americans feel about the Clinton aggressiveness, he was asked.

“We’re sick and tired of being sick and tired,” he said. “We no longer want to be subjected to this.”

So they were raising the specter of the white machine, in a state where the black man has never gotten anything like a fair shake.

Obama as uncowed victim will work.

This Campaign Season, South Carolina Is a Cold Place