Candidate Sally Atwater Did A 'Miss South Carolina' On A Right-Wing Radio Show
The Republican-Democratic divide has grown so large that it's started to affect who we live by and associate with. It stands to reason that partisan support would grow stronger, right? So imagine how badly conservative candidate Sally Atwater would have to mess things up on Russ Cassell's super-right-wing talk show to be publicly shamed by the host. Trust me, it's not pretty.
Atwater, who is running for South Carolina's superintendent of education, went on the Russ Cassell's radio show. To give you a clear idea of Cassell's political leanings, his show precedes Rush Limbaugh. Atwater, who, if she wins, will be in charge of education policy for the entire state, clearly demonstrated that she knows absolutely nothing about sex education.
Even Cassell himself wasn't amused, ending the interview with: "Folks, I don't want to be brutal, I don't want to be mean. I just want to be realistic. What you have just heard is an example of a person running for public office on name recognition only, who is clueless."
Don't believe him?
Atwater's name recognition comes from her late husband Lee Atwater, who was the chairman of the Republican National Convention. He is also a noted racist. So, good name to run on!
Atwater didn't have to say much to reveal that she had absolutely no clue what she was talking about. Sometimes there's beauty in brevity, I guess. Mostly she just pandered Cassell's question about sex education in schools, a hot-button issue in South Carolina after a bill that would have required schools to teach medically accurate sex ed. The bill was ultimately blocked.
So why did Atwater avoid the question? The Republican Party in general has a pretty firm stance on abstinence-only education, even though we've seen time and time again that it doesn't work. Abstinence-only education is something Atwater finally admitted that she supports. So why not just run with that? He wasn't going to deadpan you for having the same opinion.
Regardless, here are the most beautiful exchanges from what may be the most awkward radio interview of all time.
Cassell: "What is your position on sex education in a public classroom?"Atwater: "Well I am for our health standards right now. Once I get in there I will look and see other things, but I'm really gonna stand by our health standards right now."Cassell: "What does that mean?"Atwater: "Well we have certain health standards that our schools teach. So that's what I'm gonna do right now."Cassell: "Mmmhmm. So —"Atwater: "And the parents are given options on whether not they want to attend these classes."Cassell: "I understand. So you do think, then, it is appropriate for kids to be taught about sex education in a public classroom."Atwater: "That is a parental option, sir."