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Jim DeMint

20 years on, ex-SC gov Beasley's prayer on flag answered

The Confederate battle flag has been an albatross around David Beasley's neck for 20 years, costing him the political legacy of a second gubernatorial term, a seat in the U.S. Senate and beyond. Now that it's been removed from South Carolina's Statehouse grounds, the former Republican governor says the unity that has grown from the flag debate was worth the wait — and personal sacrifice. As governor in 1996, the native of Darlington, in South Carolina's northeastern corner, infuriated fellow Republicans when, amid threats of boycotts and lawsuits and protests, he went on statewide television, saying he had reversed his position in whether the flag should remain...