Welcome to the big leagues

Runoff victory secures place for Nikki Haley on national stage

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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.

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curly123053
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curly123053 06/23/10 - 11:54 pm
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It is time for change and

It is time for change and Nikki will do SC good.

stephr721
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stephr721 06/24/10 - 02:18 am
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"She is precisely what

"She is precisely what concerned, [insert your party here] voters are looking for this year: a rock-ribbed, fiscally responsible, Constitution-respecting, throw-the-bums-out-along-with-their-nonsense reformer."

Don't they all start out that way?

justus4
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justus4 06/24/10 - 05:46 am
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OK, here's the problem.
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OK, here's the problem. Remember Sanford. He violated the trust of the People, lied about it, misused government funds, and paid no price. Hailey must be questioned about the complete lack of accountability in that state and asked "Are some people above the laws of the state?" Then ask her about the possible positions she believes that Sanford should hold after leaving office. Expect him to be not far from the Capitol and pulling the strings - we already know he can't be punished.

nofrills
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nofrills 06/24/10 - 06:10 am
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justus4 you are so wrong.

justus4 you are so wrong. Nikki may share the conservative ideas of Sanford but you forgot one thing. She knows numbers! If the numbers wont work she will know. She is perfect for SC politics. She reflects what the voters want and I am excited to have her in office. November can't get here soon enough.

catfish20
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catfish20 06/24/10 - 06:30 am
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I saw Nikki at the tea party

I saw Nikki at the tea party rally in Augusta and was so impressed. I only wish she were running for governor on this side of the river.

Fish Out of Water
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Fish Out of Water 06/24/10 - 06:37 am
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She's a blank slate on which

She's a blank slate on which everyone is projecting their own visions of the perfect candidate. Be careful not to let her quick rise to power seduce you. Remember, she's a politician, not a celebrity. We should treat her or any other candidate with the same scrutiny as if they were applying to work for us.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 06/24/10 - 11:25 am
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Andre Bauer along with Jake

Andre Bauer along with Jake Knotts, Hugh Leatherman, Bobby Harrell and the rest of the big spending, corrupt Republican politicians in the SC statehouse will most likely vote and may even publically support Democratic nominee Vincent Sheheen. They don't want anybody who may try to force all of their votes to be on the record or derail part of their taxpayer gravytrain. Most Republicans are just as disgraceful as Democrats when it comes to fiscal responsibility.

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grouse 06/24/10 - 11:30 am
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"We are done with the dirty
Unpublished

"We are done with the dirty politics that has given the state a bad name." not until we get to the truth about Alvin Greene and how he came to be on a ballot. Aren't you conservatives worried that Haley may be a trick? "Haley is reported as having said she attends both Sikh and Methodist services out of respect for her parents' culture. On September 6, 1996 she married Michael Haley in both a Methodist church ceremony and a Sikh gurdwara." She CLAIMS to be a Christian, but SO DOES OBAMA! It's a trick, you know. While we've been worrying about the Muslins taking over, the Sikhs have made their move. Remember, too, that "Bobby" Jindal was raised in a Hindu family and supposedly converted to Christianity. CAN'T YOU SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE! The Indians already control our technology by giving us arcane and incomprehensible instructions through their monopoly on help us. Soon, they will be the only ones able to work the technology! Or they may be giving you secret codes and sequences to reboot your computer that sends messages to members of their religion or other radicals. It starts with the stupid states, like Louisiana and South Carolina, but with endorsements from Mitt Romney and Sara Palin, who are very android-like in their behavior, more and more of their kind will be taking over the governors office and then Congress and then the White House and we will soon be overcrowded with Indians. [note to republicans/conservative: this is called satire (that's my story and I'm sticking to it]

OnlyinAgs
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OnlyinAgs 06/24/10 - 02:09 pm
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Bauer messed up when he tried

Bauer messed up when he tried so desperately to shine on Sanford negatively in the media, that hurt him. Then he had Knotts as a supporter to say racial words against her to which if I'm not mistaken, Bauer never spoke out against or distanced himself from him. I hope she wins and if she does, she should send Knotts a rag for his head along with a thank you note. PORKLY self.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/24/10 - 01:53 pm
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OnlyinAgs wrote: Bauer messed

OnlyinAgs wrote:

Bauer messed up when he tried so desperately to shine on Sanford negatively in the media, and that hurt him. Then he had Knotts as a supporter to say racial words against her, and Bauer never spoke out against or distanced himself from him.

You can also bet that Bauer was responsible for one or both of the men who made the sexual innuendos against Haley.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/24/10 - 01:56 pm
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Nikki Haley said: "We are

Nikki Haley said:

"We are done with the dirty politics that has given the state a bad name."

Grouse wrote:

Not until we get to the truth about Alvin Greene and how he came to be on a ballot.

In any race for any office between Alvin Greene and Andre Bauer, I would pick Greene in a New York minute.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/24/10 - 02:06 pm
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Justus's hypothetical

Justus's hypothetical questions are cream puffs for Haley.

Justus would ask:

"Are some people above the laws of the state?"

Haley would answer:

"Unfortunately, yes. Illegal immigrants are above the laws of the state. The Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agency do not do their duties and the state is powerless to overcome the unwillingness of those federal agencies."

Justus would ask:

"What possible positions might governor Sanford hold in a Haley administration?"

Haley would answer:

I do not intend to appoint Gov. Sanford to any office in my administration. Next question."

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/24/10 - 02:12 pm
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grouse is right. How could a

grouse is right. How could a young African-American man with strange origins, suspicious funding, shady associations, no experience, no qualifications, and no demonstrable work history come out of nowhere and win an election? satire as well.

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 06/24/10 - 03:31 pm
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Go Nikki! Welcome to the big

Go Nikki! Welcome to the big leagues!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/24/10 - 04:39 pm
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Justthefacts, do you think

Justthefacts, do you think ANY Democrat could beat Jim DeMint? Nope. I have no idea where Greene's money came from either, but the Republicans weren't afraid of Rawls.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/24/10 - 04:42 pm
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I do believe I told you guys

I do believe I told you guys when the charges came out against Haley that it didn't matter. Sandford could have survied his escapade if he had acted like Al Gore or any other Democrat and simply said he and his wife needed space or some other feel good term. Instead Sanford said he was going to hike the Appalachian Trail alone.

stephr721
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stephr721 06/24/10 - 04:56 pm
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"She's a blank slate on which

"She's a blank slate on which everyone is projecting their own visions of the perfect candidate. Be careful not to let her quick rise to power seduce you. Remember, she's a politician, not a celebrity. We should treat her or any other candidate with the same scrutiny as if they were applying to work for us."

Whoa - she's the Republican Obama!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/24/10 - 05:04 pm
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River, I think you missed my

River, I think you missed my point. But, if I have to explain it, well, you know.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/24/10 - 05:18 pm
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Ah...Justthefacts, I get it

Ah...Justthefacts, I get it now. That was a good post. Sorry for my misunderstanding.

scredsfan
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scredsfan 06/24/10 - 07:22 pm
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Why don't we just cancel the

Why don't we just cancel the November election and anoint the Republican nominees to their respective offices? The Republicans have been running the state for several years now, and look at what great condition South Carolina is in. In fact, let's outlaw the Democratic Party in SC and make SC a one-party state - it worked really well over in the Former Soviet Union.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 06/25/10 - 10:41 am
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scredsfan - one issue that

scredsfan - one issue that the Republicans running SC in the statehouse are big government, fiscally irresponsible RINOS who are Republicans in name only so they can get elected.

concrndcitzn
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concrndcitzn 06/26/10 - 01:50 am
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respectability? the woman

respectability? the woman is a slut, we know she has slept with at least two other men, while married, how many more to come? do we need another self proclaimed righteous right wing fascist like sanford? these people have humiliated our state enough,

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