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  • Getting medieval on Bin Laden, Crunch time for BVP and We don't need no stinkin' badges

    05/08/2011 10:56:12 AM PDT · by bigred08 · 2 replies ^ | 5/8/2011 | Kevin Hall
    Frankly, I think we let Bin Laden off easy. He totally deserved some “Pulp Fiction”-style punishment. We should have called Marcellus Wallace and had some of his guys get medieval on Osama with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch… Of course, that would be after they bring out the gimp. Remember how the libs attacked George Bush incessantly for not immediately interrupting the 2nd graders reading “My Pet Goat” when he was informed about the 9/11 attacks? Well, those kids are about to graduate from high school now and the media finally talked to them. The kids’ take? W....
  • Wal-Mart returning Haley's favor?

    05/05/2011 7:51:49 AM PDT · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 28 replies
    The State ^ | 5/5/11 | Jeff Wilkinson
    Wal-Mart returning Haley's favor? Company promises dozens of new stores, 4,000 jobs after teaming with governor to oppose Amazon tax exemption By JEFF WILKINSON - Lexington County leaders questioned the timing of an announcement Wednesday by Wal-Mart and S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley which promised dozens of new stores and 4,000 jobs over the next five years, with one politician calling it a “shell game.” Several said the announcement was a political favor for Haley, who opposed giving a sales tax break to for a planned distribution center in Cayce that would have brought 1,249 jobs to the area....
  • Obama's Silence on Boeing Is Unacceptable

    04/28/2011 6:31:16 PM PDT · by redk · 45 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/29/11 | NIKKI HALEY
    In October 2009, Boeing, long one of the best corporations in America, made an announcement that changed the economic outlook of South Carolina forever: The company's second line of 787 Dreamliners would be produced in North Charleston. In choosing to manufacture in my state, Boeing was exercising its right as a free enterprise in a free nation to conduct business wherever it believed would best serve both the bottom line and the employees of its company. This is not a novel or complicated idea. It's called capitalism. Boeing has since poured billions of dollars into a new, state-of-the art facility...
  • Black Lawmakers Push Back on SC Voter ID Bill

    04/27/2011 1:53:28 PM PDT · by redk · 20 replies
    The Atlanta Post ^ | 4/27/2011 — African-American lawmakers, upset about the near-inevitability of passage of a bill to require South Carolinians to show a photo ID at the polls, renewed their efforts Tuesday to brand the proposal an effort to suppress turnout by black and poor voters, urging the U.S. Justice Department to intervene. Black Legislative Caucus members held a State House press conference, minutes before the House of Representatives took up the controversial measure, a Republican priority, and, ultimately, passed it. The bill now heads to the GOP-controlled Senate. If it passes there, it lacks only the governor’s signature to become law. Gov....
  • Nikki Haley Pressures Obama, ’12 Field on NLRB. Big Labor Battle goes to South Carolina

    04/26/2011 5:37:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/26/2011 | Robert Costa
    Across the country, from Wisconsin to Ohio, Republican governors are battling Big Labor. Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, in an interview with National Review Online, says that her state is the next front. But Haley’s foes are not graybeard professors or drum-banging state workers; she is facing off against bureaucratic activists in Washington, D.C. The National Labor Relations Board, a federal agency dominated by President Obama’s appointees, is attempting to block Boeing from building jets in Charleston, S.C. By producing planes in a nonunion plant thousands of miles from its base in Everett, Wash., the NLRB alleges that Boeing...
  • American idol: India preps for Sarah Palin (No liberal bias at Politico!)

    03/06/2011 11:44:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 6, 2011 | Kasie Hunt
    Sarah Palin’s trip to India this month might seem out of the blue, but it’s one piece of a much larger trend: The world’s largest democracy goes gaga for American politics. Most Americans couldn’t even name the Indian prime minister, but the press in India covers minute details of the American political scene. Its top news magazine devoted an entire issue to President Barack Obama’s November state visit to India. One major newspaper headlined a story, “Tea Party time in the US,” about the 2010 midterm elections. The main New Delhi TV station ran a piece on Palin’s use of...
  • South Carolina Governor on Health Care: We Absolutely Cannot Afford It (Video)

    02/01/2011 7:45:35 AM PST · by redk · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/1/11
    Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) discusses what the next steps will be for her state after yesterday’s ruling finding the health care law mandate to be unconstitutional:
  • Arts Groups Outraged At Proposed Cuts(Gov. Haley Calls For End To SC Arts Commission)

    01/23/2011 8:38:15 PM PST · by redk · 51 replies
    WYFF4 ^ | 1/23/11 | John Eby,
    GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Some Upstate art groups are outraged after Gov. Nikki Haley called for an end to funding the South Carolina Arts Commission in her first State of the State address. "To take all of that away ... from all the arts organizations in the state, I think its catastrophic," said Alan Ethridge of the Metropolitan Arts Council in Greenville. Ethridge said many arts organizations, especially in rural areas, will struggle to survive without funding from the Arts commission. "Without them providing funding to schools and artists who work in schools and to artists-in-residence, I think art education will...
  • Union sues over S.C. gov's remarks about Boeing plant

    01/21/2011 8:57:13 AM PST · by markomalley · 48 replies
    KOMO ^ | 1/21/11
    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is facing her first big lawsuit after saying the state would try to keep unions out of the Boeing Inc. plant in North Charleston. The lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Charleston by the International Association of Machinists and AFL-CIO asked for a court order telling Haley and her director of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to butt out and remain neutral in matters concerning union activities. "There's no secret I don't like the unions," Haley said when asked about the litigation. "We are a right-to-work state. I will do everything...
  • South Carolina governor sued over hostility to unions

    01/20/2011 3:11:22 PM PST · by redk · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/20/2011
    (Reuters) - South Carolina unions filed suit on Thursday against new Republican Governor Nikki Haley and her administration, saying hostility toward unions and workers joining unions is unconstitutional. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the South Carolina AFL-CIO alleges that Haley is violating the federal constitutional and statutory rights to free speech, free association and due process. South Carolina is one of 22 "Right to Work" states and Haley said she will ensure that South Carolina workers are not compelled to join a union.
  • Haley Sworn In As 116th Governor of South Carolina (Nikki Haley)

    01/15/2011 3:32:31 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 6 replies
    Carolina Politics Online ^ | 1.12.11 | Bane Windlow
    Nikki Haley was sworn in earlier today on the capital steps as our state’s 116th governor. She is also the first female and first non-white governor of South Carolina, if you care about those things. I do not engage in racial or gender politics so it doesn’t matter to me. She has presented an agenda that I am happy with and I hope that she will do a better job of getting it enacted than former Governor Mark Sanford. Sanford rankled the state legislature more than he needed to, in my opinion, and as a result it cost him a...
  • Five Questions For Nikki Haley

    12/09/2010 10:08:30 AM PST · by pissant · 18 replies
    Fits News ^ | 12/9/10 | staff (no pun intended)
    Our friends over at Yahoo News have an interesting post up this week in which columnist Anne Stjern (who?) poses five pretty substantive questions to S.C. Gov.-elect Nikki Haley. Apparently it’s part of a nationwide effort in which Yahoo contributors seek to get their state’s politicians to go on the record responding to specific inquiries (something Haley has been reluctant to do in the past). To read Stjern’s questions (snip) click here. We thought this was a worthwhile idea … not only because we’ve got five questions (at least) that we’d like to ask Haley, but we suspect that you...
  • Nikki Haley signals South Carolina opting out of ObamaCare

    12/05/2010 5:45:38 AM PST · by FreeKeys · 53 replies · 4+ views
    Libertarian Republican ^ | December 4, 2010 | Eric Dondero
    Obama at first holds firm, then makes a slight concession Governor-elect Nikki Haley of South Carolina was one of a number of incoming governors to meet with Obama in D.C. over the weekend at the Blair House. Haley challenged Obama over his health care legislation. From the Charleston Post & Courrier "Obama opens door for S.C. opt-out, Haley says" Dec. 3: COLUMBIA -- Republican Gov.-elect Nikki Haley said President Barack Obama agreed Thursday to consider letting South Carolina opt out of the federal health care overhaul if the state comes up with its own solutions to meet some of the...
  • First Sikh-American Governor Nikki Haley Makes Her Washington Debut

    12/04/2010 4:49:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Link ^ | December 4, 2010
    WASHINGTON — Gov.-elect Nikki (Namrata Kaur Randhawa)Haley, the first Sikh-American to be elected governor in the US, moved onto the national stage Wednesday as she and other newly elected GOP governors met with Republican congressional leaders to craft strategies for devolving federal power back to the states. House Speaker-designate John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell chose Haley to lead off a crowded news conference at the U.S. Capitol after their closed-door meeting with 15 incoming GOP governors. “It is a great day today in D.C. because what you see is a coalition of governors who have gotten together...
  • In governor's meeting, Haley asks Obama to scrap health law

    12/04/2010 12:58:50 PM PST · by george76 · 47 replies · 4+ views
    McClatchy ^ | December 2, 2010 | James Rosen
    South Carolina Republican Gov.-elect Nikki Haley challenged President Barack Obama over his landmark health care overhaul Thursday in a candid, personal exchange in front of Cabinet members and newly elected governors from across the country. In an exchange that White House aides didn't dispute, Obama rejected Haley's request to repeal the health care bill... "I said the people of South Carolina and the small businesses of South Carolina cannot afford the mandated health care law they had passed," Haley said after the meeting. "I told him that our economy is already in a tough spot, and our budget cannot sustain...
  • Sarah Palin Is No Friend of Women in Politics (Snarky Harpie Alert!)

    11/30/2010 9:24:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | November 30, 2010 | Jamie Elizabeth Stiehm
    Women lawmakers made zero gains in Congress in this cycle--they will still make up about 17 percent of those chosen by voters to come to Washington. Two notable losses were Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin of South Dakota, both moderate Democrats. This palpable lack of progress was mourned as many gathered together at American University to discuss the "year of the woman" that never came to pass--despite or because of one Sarah Palin, a Republican who governed Alaska for about 15 minutes? That was a question. Here's an answer: the woman from Alaska does other women...
  • Gov.-elect Nikki Haley announces Fiscal Crisis Task Force(South Carolina)

    11/29/2010 2:25:38 PM PST · by neal1960 · 6 replies
    Governor-elect Nikki Haley launches website to report abuse and fraud in state government.
  • Haley Balks on Endorsing Palin in 2012

    11/05/2010 11:07:03 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 99 replies · 3+ views
    South Carolina Gov.-elect Nikki Haley had warm words this morning for Sarah Palin, whose backing was crucial in netting her the Republican primary nomination. But there's one word Haley wouldn't utter about the possible presidential contender: "endorse." Asked on NBC's Today show this morning whether she would back Palin in a potential 2012 presidential bid, Haley demurred. "You know, I think the responsibility to the citizens of South Carolina is that I look at the environment, I look at the slate of candidates that are running, and I make the choice that is best for the people of this state,"...
  • Election of black conservatives signals 'awakening'

    11/04/2010 12:24:23 PM PDT · by CitizenM · 48 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | 11/04/2010 | Chris Woodward and Russ Jones
    With South Carolina's victory of the first 'Deep South' black Republican to Congress since Reconstruction, one conservative thinks it's evident that the tea party is not racist. Ron Miller, a conservative author, columnist, veteran and tea party member, says Tim Scott's election to Congress is "an impressive victory." "I think it's a great testimony to Americans' ability to evaluate people by the content of their character, rather than the color of their skin..." ----snip. In winning the election, Scott beat out....the son of late Senator Strom Thurmond and the son of former South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell. ----snip"...they've demonstrated their...
  • A Party Of Great Opportunities

    11/03/2010 8:15:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    IBD Edtorials ^ | November 3, 2010 | Staff
    Diversity: Women, Hispanics and two African-American congressmen-elect rode the GOP wave to victory. Sorry, Mr. President, these Republicans will not ride in the back of the bus. They intend to drive it. During the campaign, Col. Allen West speculated on the possibility of joining the Congressional Black Caucus. "I think I have every right to. I would be in Congress, and I would be black and so I should be able to sit with them and, again, bring a different perspective," he said in an interview with the Daily Caller. Congressman-elect West will get that chance now that the Sarah...
  • CNN has called South Carolina for Nikki Haley!

    11/02/2010 8:29:15 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/2/10
    Haley leading 52%-46% with 91% reported.
  • Nikki Haley? [Vanity]

    11/02/2010 5:21:43 PM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 38 replies · 1+ views
    What is going on with Nikki Haley? I can't watch local TV, but I heard from someone on the phone it was too close to call, which sounds insane considering that she was ahead by 10+ a week ago. Thanks FA
  • Stop Calling Them Sluts

    11/01/2010 5:07:43 PM PDT · by Al B. · 13 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | November 1, 2010 | Mark McKinnon
    O’Donnell likes nights on the town, Palin is a clotheshorse, Angle is “crazy,” Whitman is a “whore”—conservative women are being attacked from all sides, but voters will reward the victims at the polls, says Mark McKinnon. Nuts and sluts, bitches and whores: That’s the gauntlet conservative women must run to compete for the “honor” of political office today. While every campaign season is deemed more vicious than those that came before, the attacks this time around have reached a new low. Rather than debate ideas and policies, weak-minded opponents of strong-willed women resort to sexualized attacks—a cover to compensate for...
  • Nikki Haley: Churches Should Take Over Universal Pre-K Education (And Candace Ain't Likin' it!)

    10/26/2010 4:01:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Religion Dispatches ^ | October 26, 2010 | Pastor Candace Chellew-Hodge
    In the South Carolina gubernatorial race, how to improve the state's abysmal education statistics became a topic during a debate this past week. In Jasper County, South Carolina, for example, one of the poorest in the state, nearly half of all preschool-age children are judged “not ready for the first grade” according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count Survey. State Rep. Nikki Haley, the Sarah Palin-endorsed Republican candidate, responded to a question about whether or not South Carolina should implement a universal pre-K program for four-year-olds in the state. Haley emphasized that the state can’t afford such...
  • New poll: Haley 51% – Sheheen 37%

    10/25/2010 4:36:56 PM PDT · by Force of Truth · 8 replies ^ | OCT. 22, 2010 |
    ICYMI – New poll: Haley 51% – Sheheen 37% Insider Advantage/Statehouse Report: OCT. 22, 2010 – A new InsiderAdvantage/Statehouse Report poll released today suggests that South Carolina may well see a Republican sweep of all constitutional offices in the Nov. 2 general election. That’s each of the nine statewide offices – from governor to the comptroller general and on down the ballot to the commissioner of agriculture. … With a week and a half to go until the election, state Rep. Nikki Haley (R-Lexington) seems to have regained her lead over her Democratic challenger, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen of...
  • Haley Up by 9% in South Carolina

    10/22/2010 5:20:36 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 13 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/22/2010 | Thomas Ferdousi
    Republican Nikki Haley appears to be in prime position to take the governor's mansion in several weeks. She is cruising over her Democratic opponent and remains popular to South Carolina voters. The newest polling seems to reinforce the message of a victory for the Tea Party candidate. This poll comes from Rasmussen, the most accurate of the major pollsters. Not only does it show Haley in the lead, but seems to confirm a trend which shows her with a significant lead. While this is not the largest lead that Haley has had during this cycle, it is still almost unbeatable...
  • “Haley-Gate” Dissected

    10/20/2010 11:30:07 PM PDT · by pissant · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Fits News ^ | 10/20/10 | staff
    Hopefully, most people will select their next governor on the basis of something other than his or her ability to tell the truth or not regarding extramarital sex. Seriously … lying about a little indiscreet boot-knockin’ doesn’t impede one’s abilities to raise grocery taxes, abandon children trapped in failing schools or give up on holding lawmakers accountable when it comes to the state budget, does it? Of course not … and we hope that in picking their poison next month (i.e. liberal Obamaphile Vincent Sheheen or transparently hypocritical Republican Nikki Haley) South Carolina voters will make a decision that they...
  • Two sign affidavits saying they had affair with Nikki Haley, but Haley won't bite (Updated)

    10/16/2010 8:44:46 AM PDT · by pissant · 63 replies
    The Charleston DIgitel ^ | 10/16/10 | staff
    Update October 16: Remember Larry Marchant who also said he had an affair with Nikki Haley? Well he's opened himself up to perjury charges too (if he's lying) as he's signed an affidavit saying, among other things that he and Haley, "went back to her room where we had sexual intercourse and I spent the remainder of the evening." There's a short Associated Press report on the matter you can read here and read the one-page affidavit here. Update October 15: WSPA 7 in the Upstate has a story on the matter and got Haley to respond. She says she...
  • Haley Opens 9% Lead in South Carolina

    10/13/2010 10:09:36 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 24 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/13/2010 | Thomas Ferdousi
    Republican Nikki Haley, who famously won the harshly contested Republican primary in South Carolina this year, appears to be on her way to the Governor's Mansion. Haley, who would be the second Indian-American governor in American history is leading Democrat Vince Sheheen fairly heavily. The elections cycle in South Carolina has been vicious this year. Between Governor Mark Sanford's messy public affair and divorce and Jim Demint's Democratic challenger Alvin Greene, it surely has been strange. Haley was hit with multiple accusations of extra-marital affairs, all of which she not only denied but promised to resign if they were proven...
  • Sheheen firm profits from state government [Palin endorsement race]

    10/11/2010 8:44:02 PM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 2 replies
    The State ^ | 10-11-10 | John O'Connor
    The law firm of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vincent Sheheen earned hundreds of thousands of dollars working for and against state agencies in court over the past decade, according to public documents provided by the Comptroller General’s Office. The firm — Savage, Royall and Sheheen — has won cases against the state for discrimination, for a child’s fall and for a higher price for the owner of property the Transportation Department sought to expand a highway. Sheheen has also reported his firm has earned more than $756,000 in workers’ compensation fees since 2004 — cases decided by commissioners appointed by Sheheen’s...
  • Haley: Sheheen asleep at the switch when ESC was bankrupted

    10/05/2010 3:45:20 PM PDT · by Force of Truth · 2 replies ^ | October 5th, 2010 |
    Haley: Sheheen asleep at the switch when ESC was bankrupted October 5th, 2010 Haley: Sheheen asleep at the switch when ESC was bankruptedHouse Majority Leader says Haley found solutions for small businessCOLUMBIA, S.C. – State Rep. Nikki Haley and House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham released the following statements after a press conference in Columbia at the Department of Employment and Workforce:State Rep. Haley said, “After watching our unemployment trust fund go bankrupt, South Carolinians across the state were rightly asking, ‘Where was the red flag?’ The truth is it came in April of 2008, and when it was delivered...
  • Mosteller: Haley puts GOP principles at risk

    09/24/2010 11:54:03 AM PDT · by pissant · 10 replies
    The State ^ | 9/22/10 | Cyndi Mosteller
    Vincent Sheheen’s opening words on his first TV ad, “South Carolina is at a crossroads,” are one intersection over from our state’s political realities. In the governor’s race, it is the state Republican Party that finds itself uncomfortably driven to the crossroads. With a 55 percent win in the last gubernatorial election and seven of eight constitutional offices, Republican, conservative and tea party voters together hold mathematical strength to elect our next governor. In a nation led by Barack Obama and a state led by Mark Sanford, this decision has never been more critical or more complicated. Since the June...
  • Top 10 what-ifs of the midterm elections

    09/06/2010 2:20:02 PM PDT · by The Pack Knight · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 6 September 2010 | Alexander Burns
    Primary season is all but over. The 2010 candidate field is nearly set. The strongest and most vulnerable members of both parties know who they are. But the campaign didn’t have to look like this. It’s not just the big-picture inflection points — like the White House’s decision to pursue health care reform or the congressional GOP’s lock-step vote against the stimulus — that have determined the course of the election year. It was also the personal choices or screw-ups of individual candidates. As Labor Day launches the traditional start of the fall general election campaign, here’s POLITICO’s look back...
  • No sign of Palin’s appeal dwindling yet

    09/06/2010 8:49:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Dublin Sunday Business Post ^ | September 5, 2010 | Niall Stanage in New York
    Two winners emerged from an election in Alaska last week - and one of them was not even on the ballot. Sarah Palin’s endorsement of a rank outsider in the Republican senate primary in her home state paid off in a big way. Palin’s candidate, Joe Miller, ousted sitting senator Lisa Murkowski, a huge achievement given Miller’s status as a virtual unknown. The election took place almost a fortnight ago, but the result was so close that doubt lingered until Murkowski conceded last week. Palin and Murkowski have had a tense relationship for years. Palin defeated Murkowski’s father on her...
  • Third Haley Affair Alleged

    08/04/2010 7:56:58 AM PDT · by pissant · 102 replies · 3+ views
    Fits News ^ | 7/30/10 | staff (no pun intended)
    First it was the blogger, then it was the lobbyist … could a South Carolina lawmaker be the next Palmetto politico accused of amorous activity with GOP gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley? That’s the story numerous lobbyists are relating to FITS – a narrative that includes allegations of at least one specific encounter between Haley and S.C. Rep. Thad Viers (R-Myrtle Beach) at a 2006 legislative conference in San Francisco, California. Both Viers and Haley attended the conference – which was sponsored by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) – and both were married at the time. Haley is still married,...
  • Reminder: Nikki Haley is a Secret Muslim Whore

    07/24/2010 3:51:12 PM PDT · by TheHawksNest · 74 replies · 2+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | July 24, 2010 | Jenn Q. Public
    Nikki Haley whupped a whole lotta good ol' boy ass in the South Carolina GOP gubernatorial primary, trouncing her establishment opponents at the polls and leaving behind a battered pile of the state's nastiest corruptocrats and sleazebags. And boy are they pissed. Now, just a month after Haley's victory, one Republican cartoonist has emerged from his gutter to dredge up the same vile race-baiting and sexism that failed to derail her primary campaign. In a cartoon published Tuesday (pictured above), Robert Ariail portrays the Indian-American gubernatorial candidate as a bikini-clad pageant queen in the first panel and a niqab-clad Muslim...
  • Is Sarah Palin packing the GOP with 'Powerchicks?'

    07/22/2010 2:16:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 1+ views
    The Southern Political Report ^ | July 21, 2010 | Professor John A. Tures
    First, she plucked little known state legislator Nikki Haley from obscurity to victory in the South Carolina GOP governor's primary. Then there was a helping hand for Susanna Martinez in New Mexico gubernatorial primary, Sharron Angle in the Nevada Senate primary, and Carly Fiorina in the California US Senate primary. Now there's an endorsement for Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel. Is Sarah Palin's Political Action Committee packing the GOP with female candidates in 2010? SarahPAC made news this month, both for its fundraising prowess and its "Mama Grizzly" advertisement, which has gone viral on the internet. She's made a...
  • A Sarah Palin Rethink (Some on the Left are waking up)

    07/20/2010 10:39:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies · 1+ views
    The Nation ^ | July 20, 2010 | John Nichols
    Slowly but surely, and admittedly without much competition, Sarah Palin is emerging as the most serious and effective player in the Republican Party. To Palin's proponents that may inspire a "Well, duh?" response. To the great mass of Americans who, if polls are to be believed, remain doubtful with regard to the former mayor of Wasilla, however, the response will be more along the lines of: "Serously?" I understand that dubiousness. I really do. I covered Palin's bumbling attempt at a vice presidential campaign that became fodder for international parody. I covered the surreal annoucement that where she tried to...
  • GOP wishy-washy on Mitt Romney support

    07/10/2010 8:02:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies · 3+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | July 10, 2010 | Hillary Chabot
    Former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney, who’s campaigned hard for Republicans across the country as he eyes a presidential run in 2012, earned high praise but couldn’t secure a solid endorsement from some GOP governors yesterday. “I think he’s going to be one of several people that are going to be seriously considered for the nomination,” said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who was recently elected after Romney helped his campaign. “He’s an incredibly talented spokesman for the conservative cause.” Florida Gov. Charlie Crist declined to comment on Romney’s 2012 chances yesterday, saying he’s too busy running his own state. Crist...
  • Hillary vs. Sarah [Amazingly silly!]

    06/28/2010 9:24:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 28, 2010 | Brent Budowsky
    Recently I wrote a column titled “The Female Century” modeled after the notion of Walter Lippman and the American Century. After primaries in various states, the idea is gathering steam that something profound is happening with the achievement of women across the landscape of modern life. Nothing better dramatizes this than comparing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, a Babe Ruth of achievement, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who deserves credit for her success but is nowhere near Clinton’s league as a potential president for the future. This subject transcends party politics. Whether she is elected governor of California...
  • The Revolt Against Cronyism (What is Tea Party Movement?)

    06/26/2010 6:27:15 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    The American ^ | 06/24/10 | Lee Harris
    The Revolt Against Cronyism By Lee Harris Thursday, June 24, 2010 Filed under: Government & Politics, Public Square What the South Carolina Republican primary means. Just when we think we have a handle on the Tea Party, it immediately slips out of our grasp. Up until quite recently, the Tea Party was widely accepted as a racist movement made up of grumpy old white men only interested in keeping their pockets well-lined. Then, only this week, the Tea Party pulls the tea tray right from under us by helping Nikki Haley, a woman of Sikh descent, and Tim Scott, a...
  • Nikki Haley, Bobby Jindal and America's new religious litmus test

    06/25/2010 10:48:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/25/2010 | Aseem Shukla
    Last night's Republican primary runoff in South Carolina plausibly clears the way for Nikki Haley to join Bobby Jindal as governors with an epochal distinction: two Indian Americans leading two Southern states. Belonging to a community that makes up less than a percentage of the U.S. population, their accomplishment is momentous, even more so because Haley would be the first female governor of her state. Coupled with President Obama's own astounding win last year--he carried North Carolina, Virginia and Florida--a credible argument could be made that in politics, at least, a post-racial South is emerging. Haley endured ludicrous, unsubstantiated allegations...
  • How to explain Sarah Palin, low in the polls but high in endorsing success?

    06/25/2010 9:22:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 25, 2010 | Andrew Malcolm
    For someone who no longer holds elective office and has national poll numbers way down in the Dumpster with Nancy Pelosi, Sarah Palin sure seems to have a lot of advice-giving clout so far during this midterm election year. Numerous candidates winning coveted endorsements from the former Alaska governor won in recent primaries, including two high-profile races on either coast involving GOP women. In South Carolina, state Rep. Nikki Haley credits Palin's imprimateur for thrusting her out of the primary pack and into the Republican nomination for governor to replace that weird fellow who's always flying off to Argentina. In...
  • Nikki Haley: Uncut and 'On the Record'

    06/24/2010 5:41:00 AM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Full video of Greta Van Susteren's Wednesday night interview of Nikki Haley.
  • Night of the Yeoman (Good read)

    06/23/2010 11:54:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 24, 2010 | "Doctor Zero"
    There are two Republican parties, and both had a candidate on the 2008 presidential ticket. John McCain was the candidate of the thin-blooded aristocracy, tired men who dislike certain elements of their nominal constituency far more intensely than their political opposition. They have no strenuous objection to the premises of the Left, as could be seen from McCain’s swift acceptance of the freedom-has-failed spin pushed by the Democrats during the 2008 financial crisis. Many of them believe opposition to the Left’s emotional narrative is electoral suicide. This also makes them reluctant to criticize Democrat candidates in harsh terms… which they...
  • Why I Don't Believe In Nikki Haley's 'Conversion' (NPR whisper campaign)

    06/23/2010 10:13:13 PM PDT · by Drango · 86 replies · 2+ views
    NPR ^ | June 23, 2010 | Sohini Baliga
    You can't be Indian in the U.S. this week and not have people ask you the million dollar question - "What do you think of Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley changing their names and converting?" First, the name thing. Dear Indian parents, with all due respect, have care for your child when you name it in the U.S. Exhibit A: Piyush, which is just an unfortunate name to give a child in this country. Up there with Shital and Ashit, both of which are perfectly good names in India but terrible here. It would have been one thing if Jindal...
  • Do South Carolina Primaries Foreshadow Shifting Political Priorities?

    06/23/2010 9:23:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    PBS ^ | June 23, 2010
    SUMMARY Nikki Haley was one of two conservative minority Republicans to post primary wins in South Carolina, thanks to strong backing from tea party voters. Judy Woodruff talks to two political watchers about what those wins mean for the general election. JUDY WOODRUFF: And for more on the primaries and the historical results in South Carolina, we're joined by Amy Walter, editor in chief of The Hotline, "National Journal"'s political daily, and Adolphus Belk Jr. He's a professor of political science and African-American studies at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He joins us now from Charlotte, North Carolina....
  • Haley: Palin gave campaign 'amazing boost' (w/Video)

    06/23/2010 11:49:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    MSNBC ^ | June 23, 2010 | Staff
    Newly minted South Carolina GOP gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe this morning to discuss her victory in the state's primary. Asked about the impact that Sarah Palin's endorsement had on her once-longshot campaign, Haley said that the former Alaska governor's backing gave her "an amazing boost and a push of credibility."(continued)
  • Mark Morford: The rise of hugely insufferable women [Stunningly Spew-worthy]

    06/23/2010 10:58:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 23, 2010 | Mark Morford
    Not all grown men are suave, sexy, progressive George Clooney/Viggo Mortensen/Colin Farrell lookalikes with sharp blue eyes, stubbly outgrowths and abs like World Cup forwards, all hearts of gold, full heads of hair and perfectly sculpted genitalia custom designed to satisfy a small harem, make birds sing and goddesses purr. Not all adult men are strong and dependable, loyal and true, able to make you laugh, sigh, moan, buy you a drink, jump start your Mini in the rain, smell good all over, build a deck, parallel park a tractor-trailer, and feel sufficiently secure in their masculinity and humanity to...
  • Nikki Haley makes history

    06/23/2010 7:17:30 AM PDT · by iowamark · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | June 22, 2010 | Kasie Hunt
    South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley’s fairy tale turned another page toward its happy ending Tuesday as she won the Republican nod for governor and launched herself on a clear trajectory to GOP stardom if she goes on to win in November. Her convincing runoff victory over Rep. Gresham Barrett—she had 65 percent to his 35 percent with virtually all the votes counted — makes her the first woman to win either party’s nomination for the state’s top job. South Carolina’s conservative heritage and the mood of voters this year means she is the frontrunner in November’s general election against...