I am suspending my life as I know it.
This is the way people who want to be president talk when they get beat. They "suspend" their campaigns.
Back home, we call it tucking tail. Donald Trump could sell the losers some spicier words for it.
I'm told "suspending" a campaign can enable the candidate to hold onto delegates and some means of raising money.
But here in South Carolina, the only thing that will be suspended over the next three weeks is reality.
With the GOP presidential primary on Saturday, Feb. 20, and the Democratic primary on Feb. 27, we suddenly are a very important people.
Sit back and enjoy. It will make cockfighting look like a tent revival.
We've got a good record of picking winners in our "First in the South" primaries.
Newt Gingrich broke our GOP streak four years ago. South Carolina voted lustily for a loser after his resonating message on food stamps and his public beatdown of a "mainstream media" questioner at a raucous Myrtle Beach debate.
But what were the chances that a New England Mormon who packs the family dog on the roof could win in South Carolina anyway?
We've had some lighter moments over the years.
In 1976, Walter Mondale of Minnesota was being introduced to the fine folks of Beaufort over some local boiled shrimp. Mondale was crunching them down, peels and all, and we were too polite to correct him.
In 1980, John Connally of Texas made a campaign stop on Hilton Head Island. Unfortunately, he was running late after a daylong barnstorming bus ride across South Carolina with Strom Thurmond wheezing about the dangers of Red China to thrilled crowds at every stop. But the Hilton Head crowd had been bellied up to the bar all that time and were heckling Connally until he said his father taught him to never make a speech at a football game or a cocktail party. Goodnight, and goodbye. South Carolina went soundly for Ronald Reagan.
We've also produced some low moments, even for politics. Reagan's campaign floated the story that Connally was trying to buy the black vote and it cost Connally dearly.
And that was child's play compared to George H.W. Bush's tactic against John McCain in 2000. It is still disputed, but the whispers implying that McCain had fathered a black child out of wedlock were attributed to the Bush campaign that desperately needed South Carolina and got it.
Here they come again.
The Republicans are to have a debate Feb. 13 at the Peace Center in Greenville. And they all come to Beaufort County. They love Sun City Hilton Head.
Ted Cruz is going to preach at Community Bible Church in Port Royal on Feb. 14.
Suspend life as you know it.
The show is back in town.