Veteran GOP strategist Chip Felkel likes to use the game of golf as a political analogy. In fact, he has written a book around that. Employing that metaphor, he says the current candidates are “in the rough” and despite what he calls the “unmitigated disaster” of Herman Cain’s response to scandal, the other campaign messages are not rising above that to get attention.
One sign of that struggle might be that South Carolina’s Senator Jim DeMint today said he will not endorse a presidential candidate. DeMint’s blessing is highly sought after, one that would make it easier to gain Tea Party votes in the first-in-the-South primary.
South Carolina Radio Network’s Ashley Byrd began the interview with Felkel by asking him about DeMint’s decision.
AUDIO: Chip Felkel on today’s GOP candidates and campaigns (10:25)
He adds another sports reference to make his point about this weekend’s debate at Wofford College in Spartanburg:
“I think that you’ll have lot higher attention now that the (Clemson and USC) games are now being played at noon. I know that they wanted to get a debate in and I salute the people at Wofford for pulling it off, but I think that they should be very grateful that the games are going to be at noon.”