So . . . South Carolina Democrats think Nikki Haley, Republican nominee for governor, has “gone national” with “no time left for South Carolina.”
For a party that is the definition of style over substance (Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Barack Obama…) this is an especially sophomoric approach to campaigning. Does anyone think Haley’s November opponent Vince Sheheen and the Dems wouldn’t sell the State House itself for the kind of publicity she’s getting?
Most of the articles and TV interviews with or about Nikki Haley emphasize a seismic shift in the southern social and political landscape. A minority woman may be elected governor of South Carolina. What probably has Democrats in such a hissy fit is that the GOP has done something they have never done – nominated a minority woman. AND, it was done with substance over style. Nikki Haley’s gender and ethnicity are NOT the reason she’s the nominee.
And what’s the headline on the Nikki Haley cover issue of Newsweek? “The Face of the New South.”
Nikki Haley has done more to improve gender and racial political diversity in South Carolina than has the entire Democratic Party in the last several decades.
In April, I published a post titled The Haley Effect. Following is an excerpt:
Nikki Haley’s election would be good for the South Carolina economy and domino a series of positive transformational reflexes.
Here are some of the cascading effects I anticipate with Nikki Haley’s election as governor:
- Notice to the rest of the country and, more importantly, the state, that South Carolina has joined the 21st Century
- An image remake for the South Carolina brand
- Makes state businesses, products, services and graduates more attractive
- Increased tourism
- Increased investment
- Growth in commercial and housing construction
- Proves South Carolina is no longer a “good ol’ boy” enclave
- A level playing field has been established for business and industry
- A message to the business community – both within and outside the state – that would be a clear “Y’all come”
- A business friendly atmosphere
- Increased investment by both new and established businesses and industries
- More jobs
- REDUCED unemployment
- REDUCED welfare and entitlement payments
- Increased state revenues
- Improved infrastructure
- Lowered public debt
- Improved bond ratings
- Increased investment in the state
- A mandate that puts the state legislature on alert to the voice of the voting population
- Citizens of the state are in control of their own destiny
- Diminished wasteful government spending
- More “citizen-friendly” legislation
My point in all this is that Nikki Haley’s election – unlike and more so than that of any other candidate from either party – will have an impact on this state unseen in recent history.
This is what Democrats, both state and national, fear.
Has Haley “gone national?” You’re damned right she has, and she’s taking South Carolina with her.