Sometimes, good things come in threes and there aren't many occasions better suited for good things and great times than New Years' Eve. In that spirit, the Blogland wants to wish a very Happy Birthday and an early Happy New Year's to three well-known and accomplished South Carolina politicos who are celebrating their birthdays today:
Moye Graham, the Chair of the Clarendon County Republican Party, a well-traveled international man of mystery and one of the legendary Four Horsemen of the Political Apocalypse. He's on a roll these days, having led Clarendon County Republicans in a unprecedented special election stunner, getting 48 percent of the vote in a spring State House special election race in a heavily-Democratic district.
Mark Lisella, a Lowcountry native who has become a well-known national Republican political strategist and direct mail guru. He's been on a long winning streak over the last two election cycles, especially in North Carolina races, and is hard at work gearing up for 2012 races.
Shane Martin, a Spartanburg County State Senator and automotive R&D engineering consultant who is gearing up for election to a second term in the Senate. His first race was a stunning landslide upset of the incumbent Senator by roughly two-to-one in the 2008 GOP run-off. He'll certainly be a formidable candidate for anyone who wants to take him on next year, but we haven't heard any names surfacing yet so maybe he'll get a free ride.