I posted a piece yesterday on comments made by author Bernie Quigley about SC State Representative (and gubernatorial candidate) Nikki Haley. In that article, Quigley stated; “You can see and sense the new energy in the Southern Republican leadership meeting this week — Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal. Nikki Haley, running for governor in South Carolina, belongs there as well.“
Curious, I thought, that a candidate for governor in South Carolina would get this kind of attention. I wrote Mr. Quigley and asked him what brought Rep. Haley to his attention and why he thinks she stands out.
His response, in part:
Nikki Haley explains the new energies of the Republican party I think more than anyone. The Southern leadership conference this week correctly showcases Sarah Palin as “superstar” – she is a rough diamond like Andrew Jackson – but Nikki Haley brings the same tea party qualities in a more comprehensive, thoughtful and finished package. Haley is an all-around leader who understands the times that are awakening possibly better than anyone. I wrote a small piece about her a little while ago, published in The Hill, where I write a “Pundit’s Blog” column. It is here: Nikki Haley – The new face of the South. [emphasis added]
He followed up with “She’s a bright light and suggests a new cultural phase.”
Contributors, volunteers, political spectators and, most importantly, voters need to think about what Mr. Quigley says, go deep and ask – “Can this be said about any of the other candidates for governor?”
With all the problems confronting South Carolina, with her future very much at risk, asking that question is necessary and the answer pretty much obvious.