South Carolina State Representative (and candidate for governor) Nikki Haley is being touted as a 2012 Republican Vice Presidential candidate by Bernie Quigley of TheHill.com. In Quigley’s opinion, Haley
might be considered the face of the new politics in the Tea Party Movement and the new face of the South. And as governor of South Carolina, she would be in perfect position to be Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) running mate in 2012.
That’s nuts. Rep. Haley is a six-year state legislator representing maybe 37,000 people. There are a lot of people (though the number is rapidly dwindling) in the STATE who don’t know who she is.
But then… nationally syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post called her a “rusty nail” who is “willing to challenge the status quo.”
The national conservative blog RedState.com calls her a rising star and says of Haley …
She’s unapologetically pro-life, but she is first and foremost known as a fiscal conservative. She is the type of candidate conservatives claim they want. She is also the type of candidate libertarians claim to want.
While she won’t please everyone — the only candidate who ever tried is now in the White House making everyone mad — she gets checks in all the major boxes: life, tax cutting, government cutting, honesty, and uncompromising on the need to reform.
She is not afraid, even as an elected official, to criticize her own party for losing its way. That’s the type of candidate the Republicans need.
Nikki Haley is not afraid to challenge the establishment Republican Party. She is not afraid to set standards for the party and expect those around her, and herself, to live up to them.
Let me be blunt: if conservatives and libertarians cannot unite behind Nikki Haley and get her onto the national stage as a fresh face for both Republicans and small government, we might as well call it day.
The GOP needs Nikki Haley in the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion. The grand coalition that last put the GOP in power needs someone of Nikki Haley’s integrity and spine to get us back both on the path of small government and back into a position to lead the nation. [Emphasis original to author]
Other than Congressman Joe Wilson and Senator Jim DeMint, what South Carolina politician is getting positive national coverage?
What other South Carolina politician is getting such attention for their conservative principles?
Now, South Carolinians don’t cotton to folks telling them what to do or who to vote for. But, ya gotta wonder why there isn’t as much attention of this sort for other gubernatorial candidates Henry McMaster, Andre Bauer or Gresham Barrett?
After what the Palmetto State has been through in the last nine months, it’s refreshing to have someone to whom the citizens can look and not be ashamed, embarrassed or feel the need to apologize.
It’s nice for the rest of the country to look at a prominent figure in South Carolina and see a star, not a scar.
Bernie Quigley is over the top by suggesting Nikki Haley as a vice-presidential candidate in 2012, but his reasoning and the observations of other political observers certainly speak to why she should be governor in 2010.