I'd love to tell you the long, rich history of the Confederate Flag at the South Carolina Statehouse. Except it isn't as long or as rich as you might think. It hasn't been there since the Civil War. No, instead it was put up in 1962, allegedly for the Civil War Centennial, but very likely as a middle finger during the Civil Rights movement. Originally, it flew on top of the Statehouse. You had the American Flag, the South Carolina flag, and the Confederate Flag underneath it. In the late 1990s, then Governor David Beasley (Think Used Car Salesman) tried to get lawmakers to take it down. That pissed off this state so much, they elected a Democrat for a term. A Democrat. In South Carolina. Let that sink in for a minute. Governor Jim Hodges, along with Charleston Representatives Glenn McConnell and Robert Ford, engineered a compromise. (I should mention that Robert Ford is an African American Democrat.) The votes just weren't there to take down the flag entirely. So they moved it to the Confederate memorial in front of the statehouse. (And, incidentally, replaced it with a more historically-accurate square flag instead of a rectangular banner.) But they had to do something, since it was a presidential election in 2000, and the last thing a Republican candidate needed was to have to weigh in on the insanity that is South Carolina Politics. Glenn McConnell is a very adamant member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He engineered the compromise so that removing the flag would require 2/3 affirmative vote from both the house and senate. That's quite a task in a legislature that can't agree on what day it is. Seriously - there are so few Democrats that the Republicans have to hate each other here. Let's fast forward to today. Nikki Haley is out Governor. Glenn McConnell is now the president of the College of Charleston. And Robert Ford was removed from office last year for buying sex toys with campaign funds. And most unfortunately, Senator and Reverend Clementa (Pronounced with a long 'a' at the end) Pinckney was brutally murdered in his own church. Haley, along with U.S. Senators Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham, have all called for the flag to come down. But the questions still remains whether or not the 2/3 vote is there in the House. I'm fairly certain the Senate will reach that threshold, but the House is more of a wild card. There are many more voices calling for the flag to come down than in 2000. Plus, the Senate is still grieving. Even the very conservative editorial page of the Post and Courier is calling for its removal. As it stands right now, the very same flag that Dylann Roof was waving in numerous pictures will be the first thing people see when they walk into the Capitol rotunda on Wednesday to pay their respect to Senator and Reverend Pinckney. And that's a damn shame.