If CNN creates a cartoon emoji of you, it means you should be taken seriously politically.
The cable news network’s art department recently showed off emojis of the possible 2016 presidential field, including one for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
Graham’s blue-eyed image is a stretch (they all are) as to what he actually looks like, but that’s the purpose of an emoji, which means “picture letter” in Japanese.
Emojis were created to be a small digital image or icon “used to express an idea, emotion, etc., in electronic communication,” according to a modern dictionary definition. Graham has said he’ll announce whether he’s in the race or not in May.
Newly elected Charleston County Republican Party Chairman Larry Kobrovsky said the proposal to advocate the breakup of the school district into five smaller ones has been pulled.
Instead, Kobrovsky said he wants to concentrate on the 2016 election season, growing the party’s ranks and restoring harmony.
“That’s off the table,” Kobrovsky said of the schools idea. “I want to unify the party and increase our brand and participation.”
The change-of-course comes as some critics say the local GOP was getting too involved in school board matters when they should be concentrating on Democrats at the ballot box.
The break-up resolution was offered by former Charleston school board member Elizabeth Moffly, who said she considered the postponement just a pause, not getting killed outright.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is riding high as the top presidential choice of Republicans in South Carolina, according to last week’s Winthrop University poll of hopefuls.
But at home, Scott is losing ground.
A Marquette Law School poll indicates Walker’s job approval rating has fallen to 41 percent, with about 56 percent of registered voters in Wisconsin saying they disapprove of how he’s handling his role as top executive.
In the previous survey from October 2014, Walker’s approval among registered voters was 49 percent, with 47 percent disapproving.
And there’s more bad news for Walker in the Dairy State. In a possible 2016 presidential match-up, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads Walker 52 percent to 40 percent.
But they like Walker here. The Winthrop survey of nearly 1,000 South Carolina Republicans gave him a 13.6 percent following. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was next at 12.7 percent.
New York real estate mogul Donald Trump is setting up a possible GOP run for the White House, but last week in Charleston he gave some insightful advice on where best to score land deals.
“Always buy a post office if you can,” he said during a gathering of the State Financial Officers Association meeting here.
What makes post office sites so attractive? Trump said they usually start out in choice locations. That means on busy street corners or convenient spot in a downtown setting.
“They were there first,” he said of the U.S. Postal Service, “and they got the best locations.”
With email overtaking stamped mail, maybe he’s onto something. Trump is re-developing the Old Post Office site on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., a few blocks from the White House.