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O, Tenenbaum. O, Tenenbaum
Jonathan Pait
November 14, 2001

Recently, a report appeared in The Post and Courier poking at the Republicans for not seeming to have an answer for the great and mighty Inez Tenenbaum (I can't help but sing everytime I see her name, "O, Tenenbaum, O, Tenenbaum, where did you get your education?" - Hey, maybe Tim Smith can do something with that! It's to the tune of "Oh Christmas Tree"). Here is the chance for Upstate Common Voice readers to come to rescue!

If the Republicans can't come up with a challenger, perhaps we can help them out. Use the comment function to submit your "write in" candidate today!

The basic point of the P&C story. . .

On the left: "Democrats, meanwhile, say the Republican no-show is an acceptance that Gov. Jim Hodges and the incumbent Democratic education superintendent, Inez Tenenbaum, are unbeatable when it comes to delivering the three R's.

'Nobody wants to be the sacrificial lamb,' Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian said last week about the Republicans vs. Tenenbaum."

On the right: "Republican Party Chairman Henry McMaster also said it's not time yet for the GOP to panic. 'I'm sure someone will emerge, but I don't know who that will be.'

McMaster also countered that the Democrats still haven't filled out all of their ticket either.

'Do the Democrats have anybody running for lieutenant governor yet? I'm sure they will.'"

Yeah, and my daddy can beat up your daddy!

From academia: "'Somebody's dropped the ball in terms of recruiting,' said Francis Marion University political scientist Neil Thigpen. 'For the Republicans to offer a ticket that has a slot vacant, that's unusual.'

The situation is especially odd, Thigpen said, since Republicans need to show that the Democrat wins in 1998 were, by their words, a 'fluke.' The GOP needs to produce a strong and rounded ticket, top to bottom, he said.

Thigpen, however, said Republicans might want to face the notion that South Carolina Democrats have effectively claimed the education label over the past four years.

'It could be as simple as the fact that Tenenbaum girl could be the toughest one on the ticket,' he said. 'She ran away with it last time.'"

If you want to read the whole article by Schuyler Kropf, you can access it at the link below:

GOP lacks education candidate

Republicans need 2002 challenger for Tenenbaum

Update (January 4, 2002):
Tenenbaum alone in race so far

S.C. education superintendent unopposed, but GOP plans to change that by fall election

We might not be able to find a challenger, but we can have some fun coming up with some ideas.

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