They call the last player taken in the National Football League draft each year "Mr. Irrelevant."
Change that. It's now Andre Bauer.
The South Carolina lieutenant governor, who came in dead last in the June 8 primary for governor, apparently thinks he's denying Republican nominee Nikki Haley something of value by cattily withholding his support for her in the November general election.
In truth, he may now be the most irrelevant man in South Carolina politics, right below surprise Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene.
Note to Andre: Nikki Haley needs you about as much as she needs another Will Folks blog.
Ms. Haley not only won the Republican nomination, and the inside track to the governor's office, by a wide margin on Tuesday -- after nearly beating three guys outright in the June 8 election -- but in the process, she has no doubt become a star on the national stage.
That's because anyone who knows her realizes she is precisely what concerned, conservative voters are looking for this year: a rock-ribbed, fiscally responsible, Constitution-respecting, throw-the-bums-out-along-with-their-nonsense reformer.
And endorsements from Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney didn't hurt.
Nikki Haley is now a player in the big leagues.
Not only can she help bring respectability -- and star power -- back to South Carolina politics, but there may be no one more deliciously fitting to do so: To get the nomination, Ms. Haley had to crawl through foulness no good person should ever have to endure in order to serve her fellow citizens in public office. The South Carolina All-Boys' Club tried every scurrilous trick in the obscene South Carolina Political Playbook to smear this woman. They had no proof, and voters would have none of it.
"South Carolina people are done with this," she said at one debate, regarding a Bauer campaign official who, like blogger Folks, claimed an affair with Haley. "We are done with the dirty politics that has given the state a bad name."
Maybe with Nikki Haley, the state has a good name now.