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Monday, June 07, 2010

Desperate Governors of South Carolina

To those of us who think Tim Cahill's lurch to the right constitutes fun gubernatorial campaign hi-jinks, let us turn out sights to South Carolina.

You know the Palmetto State, where self-righteousness grows wild like kudzu. And where the current governor Mark Sanford, aborted a promising political career so he could hike the Appalachian Trail with his true love Argentinian soul mate.

It appears the Wanderin' Governor was only the opening act in a plot that would make a marvelous Bravo reality show.

Nikki Haley, a state representative, has vaulted into a commanding lead in the primary race to succeed Sanford after allegations not by one but by two political operatives that they um, also did a bit of hiking.

The candidate of course, professes her innocence and pushes right back.
"When you turn around and threaten their power and you threaten their money, they turn around and push back," Haley, a fast-talking and polished campaigner, told a crowd here on Saturday night. "But what they don't understand is I have a strong faith, I have a strong spine, and I have a strong husband that puts on a military uniform every day."
Naturally her spunk is attracting comparisons to the Alaskan role model of conservative politics.
"She is like Sarah Palin," Trudy Martin, 71, a retired nurse, said of Haley. "Sarah told them to take a hike -- the oil companies, the crooked Republicans. Nikki can do the same."
Personally I would have avoided the hike reference, but you get the idea. Some business as usual is different than others I guess.

Haley vows the stay the course unless the two men can prove they actually had affairs with her -- an interesting challenge to be sure.

And in the meantime, we are once again treated to the sights and sounds of the family values folks preaching a lot better than they are practicing. Darn good reality show if you ask me Bravo.

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Anonymous Adam Gaffin said...

Oh, but wait, it gets even better! We got us a regular ol' soap opera down south. As Josh Marshall sums it up: So. Carolina totally loses its mind.

June 07, 2010 8:02 AM  

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