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Horowitz: The South Carolina RINO loyalty oath, and the next big conservative fight

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Like so many red states that vote reliably Republican, for years South Carolina’s elected Republicans failed to reciprocate that loyalty to Republican voters. After all, it’s the state that sends people like Lindsey Graham, Nancy Mace, and Joe Wilson to Washington. Wilson just introduced a bill to unveil a bust of the Ukrainian president at the Capitol. But the state legislature is no better, as the RINOs squander solid supermajorities GOP voters just delivered. Now it appears that this divide between the voters and the party elites is coming to a head.

Buoyed by an auspicious election result, Republicans were looking forward to strong supermajorities in both chambers this session. Picking up seven House seats in November, Republicans now command an 88-36 majority, the largest they’ve ever secured. The Senate was not up for election, but Republicans already command a 30-16 majority, and in conjunction with the governorship, they should have a free lane to govern in accordance with the values of the majority of voters in the Palmetto State. Unfortunately, like nearly every super red state, the elected Republicans reflect the values of Lindsey Graham more than Ralph Norman, the only SC Republican to join the…



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