Tonight's conspiracy theory ...
The real motives behind the massive influx of out-of-state campaign cash and outside organizations that showered cash on a whole slew of legislative candidates, as well as the Education race, have been a subject of great speculation in the media and the blogosphere.
A thought I'd like to throw out there for discussion ...
"What if these groups are looking to build up experience at how to win South Carolina voters, with an eye on winning the crucial 2008 South Carolina GOP Presidential Primary for the candidate(s) of their choice?"
From the looks of it, the 2008 Presidential GOP fielding looks wide and active. We could well see a half-dozen or more candidates actively campaigning for South Carolina votes and the delegates they would assign.
In SC, the first place finisher gets the delegates. In a field of four or five contenders, getting 30 percent of the vote could be all it takes to win. By fueling races that toppled two GOP state rep's and gotten their pick for Education Superintendent nominated, one could say they were off to a good start.
While it may be hard for a group of conservative activist groups and contributors to get a candidate over the fifty-percent mark, winning in a best-out-of-five (or six or seven ...) scenario is a lot easier. Of course, this presumes all these people would support the same candidate, which is by no means a given. If these people couldn't agree on a single candidate, it could become a massive escalation like the slug-fest we saw here in 2000, and we end up at the same point, with just a lot more money being spent to get there.
Having put that question out there, I'll wait and see what everyone has to say. Am I crazy or what?!?