Sunday, June 13, 2004
S.C. Politics - "Foul"
In the article above, when DeMint was sought for comment, his campaign director, "Terry Sullivan, didn't let up. He said Beasley is "consistently inconsistent" and won a Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum for a 'courageous stand' on 'both sides of the issue' of the Confederate flag."
I found this from the JFK Profiles in Courage website: "The award is named for President Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer prize-winning book, Profiles in Courage, which recounted the stories of eight U.S. Senators who risked their careers, incurring the wrath of constituents or powerful interest groups, by taking principled stands for unpopular positions." That fits well with my recollection of events. Beasley had taken the popular conservative stance of keeping the Confederate Flag on top of the State House. His "flip flop" was not about gaining votes - the opposite happened, because he lost his constituency by doing what was right, changing his mind, and calling for the flag's removal. He was not re-elected as governor.