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Nikki Haley surged before Palin endorsement, GOP says

Updated 3:40 p.m.
By Philip Rucker
If state Rep. Nikki Haley wins Tuesday's Republican gubernatorial primary in South Carolina, the conventional wisdom is that she will owe her victory in large part to the high-wattage endorsement she received from Sarah Palin.

The former Alaska governor swept into the Palmetto State on May 14 to stage an endorsement rally with Haley on the steps of the State Capitol. The rally drew huge headlines across the state, and three days later a public poll showed Haley jumping to an 11-point lead over her three opponents.

Yet despite the attention Palin's endorsement received, Republican operatives in South Carolina said Haley's surge was as much -- if not more -- a result of her conservative-reformer message and support from "tea party" groups.

"Haley's rise preceded the Palin endorsement," said a Haley adviser who discussed the race only on the condition of anonymity. "But no question it was helpful."

Haley began the race against three better-known Republicans as an underdog and languished in last place until a few weeks ago. But Haley has gained in recent polls, and the allegations from two GOP operatives claiming that Haley had affairs with them does not seem to have hurt her popularity. She is now leading her closest rival, Rep. J. Gresham Barrett.

South Carolina is a small enough state that many Republican primary voters have had a chance to see the candidates in person. Haley began taking the lead, GOP operatives said, in part because she is a polished campaigner with a message that is resonating in this conservative state.

"She's someone who can communicate well, who has a brain and, most importantly, has a real agenda of cleaning house," said a national Republican official watching the race closely who spoke only on condition of anonymity.

To be sure, Haley's campaign quickly turned footage of the Palin rally into a television advertisement. And in the wake of unproven allegations of infidelity, Palin recorded robo-calls to likely GOP primary voters defending Haley, one of the conservative female candidates Palin calls her "mama grizzlies."

But it's Haley's message and style on the campaign trail that seems to be motivating her strongest supporters. In her stump speeches, Haley is scrappy and talks about bringing more conservative values to the state government. An accountant, she says she would scrub the budget for excess spending, and she promises to pursue term limits and roll-call voting in a state legislature that she says is sometimes corrupt.

"2010 matters because we've got a lot of Republicans who've learned the talking points, but they haven't learned the conservative actions associated," Haley said at a stop in Greenville on Friday. "It is not about having a Republican House, a Republican Senate and a Republican governor. We won't stop until we get a conservative House, a conservative Senate and a conservative governor."

This willingness to take on the GOP establishment has appealed to many tea party activists who are revolting against politics-as-usual.

"All the candidates are claiming to be the tea party candidates," said Linda Weeks, 54, a tea party organizer in Greenville. "Well, they're not. But she is. She's been in all our groups and has been very consistent. What she says is what she does in the legislature."

By Philip Rucker  |  June 8, 2010; 3:28 PM ET
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Not so puzzling. During the campaign Palin built up a base by voicing the feelings of a large group of ordinary Americans. Despite their public comments about how Palin ruined the campaign, Democrats knew she had done this, and so to take her down, they mounted an operation in Alaska to discredit her and to defeat her for re-election. By resigning, Palin outflanked them, although this did not seem to be the case until the book tour...

Posted by: RobbyS | June 9, 2010 9:58 AM
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NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER that Obama or DNC had ANYTHING to do with AK ethics complaints! WHERE is the actual PROOF that this is so? WHERE?

Six complaints were from a REPUBLICAN, Andree McCleod. Two were from registered Democrats but the only party ties they had were either being registered Democrats or in Linda Kellen Biegel's case, she was official Democratic National Convention blogger for AK. Ooh. Not a county or state party chair, treasurer or even outreach coordinator, a blogger.

Please. Like everything else Palin spews, this is another lie.

Either step to with the facts or step the f---k off!

Posted by: Handsome19781 | June 11, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

The Palin Phenomenon is truly puzzling. She quit one job and lost the other, and in the process became more powerful than she ever would have been in either of them. Failure has made her a success. So why isn't Walter Mondale Emperor of the Universe?

Posted by: sheehanjc | June 8, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Not so puzzling. During the campaign Palin built up a base by voicing the feelings of a large group of ordinary Americans. Despite their public comments about how Palin ruined the campaign, Democrats knew she had done this, and so to take her down, they mounted an operation in Alaska to discredit her and to defeat her for re-election. By resigning, Palin outflanked them, although this did not seem to be the case until the book tour. Now she has built on her following, perhaps not enough to win the nomination, but enough to make Mitt and other pubbies to take note. Meanwhile she is reaching out beyond the TEA PARTY contingent to the likes of the California senatorial candidate. and of course Rand Paul and to the embattled Arizona governor. All this stuff about her not being a deep thinker. Well, heck, FDR was anything but a deep-thinker despite his high-flauting education. Ditto JFK, who definitely did not write the books with his name on the cover.

Posted by: RobbyS | June 9, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

By the way, what is this "GOP says?" Isn't it more accurate to say "some guy says?"

Posted by: KBowen7097 | June 9, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

By the way, what is this "GOP says?" Isn't it more accurate to say "some guy says?"

Posted by: KBowen7097 | June 9, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Have any of you Confederate-bashers ever been south of I-80? I sincerely doubt it...

SoSueMe - reformed Yankee, naturalized Texican and proud resident of Kentucky, home of our next Senator, Rand Paul!

Posted by: sosueme1 | June 8, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

HDS26234 said: Where in God's graciousness have and are American men going anyway; while women take over more and more everywhere? While the American traditional Biblical home is becoming more and more an absolete thing! One can only wonder what the Founding Fathers would say were they to rise! Yes, America is now a full fledged titanic, floating towards the iceberg America has built for itself....
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What exactly is the "American traditional Biblical home??" I think you made that one up. Several key figures of the Old Testament had multiple wives and/or concubines. Is that what you mean? Only one of the disciples was known to be married. Jesus wasn't. Is that what you mean?? Since you're so fond of the founding fathers, maybe Jefferson is your model head of the American traditional Biblical home.

I suggest you read a book or two, and it wouldn't be a bad thing if you started with the bible -- instead of relying on others to tell you what's in it.

The U.S. isn't like the Titanic. The best thing about our great country is that it continues to get better. Yes, there are setbacks from time to time (e.g. 2000-2008), but we always bounce back and generally take two steps forward for each step back. I'm sure there were people forecasting doom and gloom when FDR came to office and led the country out of the Great Depression. Fortunately, there were many more who did whatever was needed to provide for their families, rebuild their communities, and move the country forward.

As for those of you hating on the South, give it a rest. There isn't any corner of the U.S. where you can't find racists and ignorance. Fortunately, those types are the exception...but it sure seems close sometimes.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou108 | June 8, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

As a yellow dog Democrat there is not a chance that I would vote for a very conservative Republican. However, if she does win the Republican nomination I will be delighted. Two guys coming out of the woodwork to say they slept with her. The comment, "We already have one rag head in the White House. We don't need another ain the Governor's Mansion," makes me so sick I can't eat all that I want to vomit. Ms. Haley's personal life is none of my business if she told no lies and I see no evidence of that.

South Carolina Republican politics is slash, trash and burn and appeals to the very basest instincts of South Carolinians rather than to the noblest.

If Bauer wins the nomination, he will be our next Governor and I will be looking for another place to live. Can you imagine having a Governor who has stated publicly that we should not feed the poor because it will only cause them to multiply.

Posted by: amsteingold | June 8, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

too bad the South doesn't have those great politicians of the north: David Patterson, Elliot Spitzer, Chris "Countrywide" Dodd, Rob Blagoevich, Robert Toricelli, and all the other union mob thugs that have destroyed the northeast, sent its population fleeing to the south and west.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | June 8, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

People of the South should be pitied. It was those many years of barefoot existence in the swamps that allowed the parasites to enter their bodies and spoil their minds. It will affect their DNA for generations.

Posted by: johng1 | June 8, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

right-wingers. So badly misinformed. So badly led. So easily lied to.

Righties, open your eyes and look who wrecked the economy. After 30 years of Reaganomics, Newter's Contract On America and 43s tax cuts for the rich and infamous along with a generation of deregulation and that famously right-wing lack of oversight the train wreck hasn't stopped because right-wingers keep obstructing the government.

If we keep listening to conservatives and other anti-American factions we will be dragged into the worst economic depression in our nation's history, all because of the same failed republican policies that caused the depressions of the last two centuries. It is impossible to teach a right-winger their own history. They are doomed to force all of us to relive it over and over until they finally destroy out country. Idiots!

Posted by: BigTrees | June 8, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Well . . .

Y'know the old saying . . .

"As goes South Carolina, so goes the nation."

Posted by: palmtree2001 | June 8, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I don't particularly care who does what with whom in South Carolina or Nevada. The first has about one percent of the American population and the second has significantly less than one percent. And the politics and politicians. Reid is like five-and--a-half feet of warm pudding, while Ensign, and the chicken lady and Gibbons are just three really bad jokes. South Carolina... well, as one of its own sons once put it, "South Carolina is to small to be a republic and too large to be an insane asylum."

Posted by: JohnBrown08 | June 8, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

YOU GO 'GIRLS'...........

Posted by: UpAndOver | June 8, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't particularly care who does what with whom in South Carolina or Nevada. The first has about one percent of the American population and the second has significantly less than one percent. And the politics and politicians. Reid is like five-and--a-half feet of warm pudding, while Ensign, and the chicken lady and Gibbons are just three really bad jokes. South Carolina... well, as one of its own sons once put it, "South Carolina is to small to be a republic and too large to be an insane asylum."

Posted by: JohnBrown08 | June 8, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

porky palin makes southerners, and particularly south carolinians, look smart. That part of the country doesn't get that very often.

Posted by: spike591011 | June 8, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

The GOP the Grand OLD Party...is just partly correct.

Yes, they are OLD, but they are no longer "grand"...nor a party for that matter. They are a collection of bumbling fools, trying to outspend the Democrats, keep the old-boy network together, and foment unrest amongst the young Turks and Turkettes. (OK, OK, a made up word, sue me!)

Nikki Haley is a breath of fresh air in the stale ranks of the GOP. New ideas bring new alliances; she will be a big help to the resurgence of conservatism and the furthering of libertarianism on the other side of the aisle from the Socialist Demorats.

Posted by: MoonDoggie | June 8, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse


A nod from Palin is like the kiss of death from the godfather. Palin should be avoided at all costs, goofyness isn't a good trait to be exploited.

Posted by: surfer-joe | June 8, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

A conservative boy's dream...Sarah Palin and Nikki Haley. My oh my! Sure beats Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi.

Posted by: MoonDoggie | June 8, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

WhateverHeSaid ~ just keep believing that "kiss of death" stuff.

We'll be keeping Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts in mind Fur Shur.

BTW, with the government in charge of capping the oil leak (from Day 1 even), it's supposedly gotten worse.

And, to top that off, the amount of permanent ice and snow on Baffin Island has increased above it's normal yearly total for the first time in known human history.

This is the place the ice flows originate that come down and crush and grind the area around Chicago!

A portent?

We'll check back in come the November election ~ but at this moment I suspect the voters will move in hard on the Democrats before the Ice gets much of a chance!

Posted by: muawiyah | June 8, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

The Progressive libtards are back on the payroll...

Posted by: joesmithdefend | June 8, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin Teabagers you can have the TeaBag Party.

Take all your bigots, becks, limbos, racist, anti and do nothing Noun verb and some times 9/11 with you.

Give me back my Republican Party

Posted by: godwithfire55 | June 8, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

It is hilarious that another Republican family-values cheater is going to entertain us until her downfall. The choosing of so many 'tea party' psychos is going to have great results for the Democrats in November.

Posted by: revbookburn | June 8, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

If you have a Palin bump, go to the doctor immediately!

Posted by: johng1 | June 8, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

It is time to start electing people who will end socialism in this country! No more public schools, social security, medicare, welfare, handouts to corporations, farm subsidies, etc., etc.... The federal government needs to be put back into its intended place and removed from the lives of the private citizens. Take away social programs and there will not be an immigration problem or an abortion issue to deal with. Without medicare and welfare population in this country should begin to decline solving the jobless problem. JUST DON'T "SAY NO TO SOCIALISM" SAY NO TO ANY FORM OF SOCIALISM!

Posted by: kdgrng | June 8, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Who is the Dem candidate for governor? If he can sell himself as anything close to a good ol' boy, this could well be a shocking Dem pickup. I think the main cause of Haley's rise is the p_ss poor quality of her opposition in the GOP primary. I find it really hard to believe that a racist swamp like SC is going to elect her governor over even a mimimally qualifed white male (I know about Jindal in LA, but he was running against a weak female candidate horribly damaged by Katrina)

Posted by: exgovgirl | June 8, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

"The Palin Phenomenon is truly puzzling. She quit one job and lost the other, and in the process became more powerful than she ever would have been in either of them. Failure has made her a success. So why isn't Walter Mondale Emperor of the Universe?"

Because he doesn't look great in heels AND a truckers' hat.

Posted by: borntorun45 | June 8, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh Omsbudsman - "I look forward to the inevitable "racist" charge when Democrats drop like flies in the fall. That's the third stage. We're 5 months away. Oil is leaking, the economy is stagnant, the debt is out of control and the stock market is tanking. But when Obama gets voted out, it will be Bush's fault the Tea Party."

I'm not sure what that last part meant... but I'd just like to say look out for over-confidence. It'll bite ya, buddy.

Posted by: borntorun45 | June 8, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully the kiss of death politically.

Posted by: pjohn2 | June 8, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin doesn't need to get too excited that 'her candidate' has "won" the election. This is just a primary race. But you know Sarah Palin will be all over Facebook, Twitter, Faux News, etc. proclaiming that it was her 'endorsement' which sealed the 'win' for her pack of 'mama grizzlies'.
Is she still calling herself a 'mama grizzly' this week, or has she moved up the food chain again?

Posted by: momof20yo | June 8, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

"Haley's rise preceded the Palin endorsement,"

Gosh, I don't know. She was fourth in the polls when Ms. Palin endorsed her on May 14 and by May 20 she was first.

The fact is that Ms. Haley was helped both by Sarah Palins endorsement and that of Jenny Sanford.

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 8, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

How does getting a "nod" from retard Sarah Palin matter? Washington Post, you are just a bunch of clickwhores.

Posted by: motogp46 | June 8, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

No vote from Vietnamese community of 500,000 people for pro-communist gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown, who, as governor of California in 1975, strongly opposed Vietnamese refugees settling in California while supporting amnesty to illegal immigrants from Mexico. In fact, he works for the interests of unions and illegal immigrants only, not for California. Worst still, Brown sided with notorious Cuban dictator Fidel Castro demanding a lift of U.S. embargo on communist Cuba for its human rights violations during his visit to Cuba in July 2000 to formalize the relationship between Brown's city of Oakland with its sister city Santiago de Cuba.

Posted by: TIMNGUYEN1 | June 8, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

It's very funny to watch the 2nd stage that the people are exhibiting.

The first was complete denial. There was a thought that the country actually supported them, after all, they voted for Obama and he won easily over McCain. They must espouse the principals of the Democratic party.

As the results roll in, it's clear that the word "Democratic Party" is a cuss word outside their enclave, so now they've reached the anger stage.

I look forward to the inevitable "racist" charge when Democrats drop like flies in the fall. That's the third stage. We're 5 months away. Oil is leaking, the economy is stagnant, the debt is out of control and the stock market is tanking. But when Obama gets voted out, it will be Bush's fault the Tea Party.

I look forward to the rending of garments.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | June 8, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Keep running extremist looney tune candidates for the GOP candidate.

But don't complain to me when the voters in the General election kick them to the curb for their extremist ultra-right anti-American viewpoints.

Posted by: WillSeattle | June 8, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I think teabaggers SHOULD win in red states like SC where, for every dollar in taxes they send to Washington they get a dollar+ in return from the government. If the teabaggers live up to their pledge to cut wasteful spending and get less for this district, just think of the money we - the rest of the country that pays for their free loaders - will save!

Elect em all, I say!

Posted by: mikebythesun | June 8, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

An 'endorsement' from the Tea Party . . . A group of people even wackier than the R's and the D's. Wow, that's really something to be excited about . . . . .

Posted by: momof20yo | June 8, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see some teabaggers get elected, then run for re-election. So, Mrs Teabag, what did you do for the district during your first term? Uh... nothing. I got less money for the district in my fight against Washington!

Crickets....

Sounds like a great way to do term limits!

Posted by: mikebythesun | June 8, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

"GOP points to 'tea party' for Haley's surge in S.C."

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Fine with me. The GOP can add to its amnesiac, Obama blaming nitwits with this outstanding group of "No Government but we're blaming Government for not doing something about BP's responsibilities". Screaming utter hypocrites.

Posted by: swatkins1 | June 8, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

A Palin "nod"?

Does anyone else find that statement to be ridiculous? Imagine being endorsed by a looney woman whose only claim to fame is that she once ran for vice president via some sort of John McCain joke.

Posted by: John991 | June 8, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Teabaggers on parade today. Nice freak show.

Posted by: johng1 | June 8, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe the disgusting things I am reading on this thread. The US is going down the tubes. We are more divided than ever. So sad. The stereotypes I have read here are astonishing and would not be tolerated if written against ANYONE in this country except southerners. Good luck to all the h8ers here. You are going to need it with your attitudes. Grow up.

Posted by: Shadow10 | June 8, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Ron Paul in the last election
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We never would have guessed. Those damn women. Keep them in the kitchen barefoot and pregnant where they belong. And if they act up, smack 'em one. Men run this country, just like they do in fundamentalist Islamic cultures... uh, wait. Nevermind

Posted by: sheehanjc | June 8, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

What's the difference between Sarah Palin and an overturned SUV??

Not much, they both lead the news no matter what else is happening.

Why should we care about Sarah Palin's antics?

We don't care but guy news editors have the hots for her and gal news editors want to look like her so they keep her photo in the paper.

What can we do to keep Sarah Palin where she belongs namely in local news, style or Parade but not national news?

When a hundred Tea Baggers get wall to wall national news coverage and 50,000 gathered for a liberal cause get hardly a mention, the chance of putting Sarah Palin where she belongs seems slim. But hope springs eternal, tell your editors the get a grip regarding Palin and move on!!

Posted by: edarden4u | June 8, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Where in God's graciousness have and are American men going anyway; while women take over more and more everywhere? Now there is even a woman training soldiers for war and women themselves, leaving their babies behind, packing a gun etc., to go and shoot maybe other mothers on the other side, and so on and on. While the American traditional Biblical home is becoming more and more an absolete thing! One can only wonder what the Founding Fathers would say were they to rise! Yes, around a million children are yearly left in limbo due to divorce. Yes, while America's ever deeper love affair with Socialism/Communism and the most abusive and far-reaching militaristic imperialism is to America what in real life, termites are to a wooden structure, with in either case, the inhabitants therein not aware of impending disaster. Yes, America is now a full fledged titanic, floating towards the iceberg America has built for itself, while blaming just about every American problem on other nations. By the way, where are the USA borderes anymore also? No borders now so illegal drugs can take care of the millions and millions of American dopeheads! It seems like election after election two things happen: Number one, most of the present crooks are allowed to continue on while some new crooks join in! I better stop right here and to only state this in closing: I voted for Ron Paul in the last election and yes, as only a legal immigrant of now going on 54 years and the reason being for my vote for Ron Pual was that he spoke the language of the Founding Fathers. I rest my case, for now! I voted Republican all along, and yet, I keep saying to myself that all my vote accomplished is what we have today. A nation, the shame of and to the world, nothing better and nothing worse.

Posted by: HDS26234 | June 8, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Southern culture, such as that exhibited in South Carolina, is what happens when you allow cousins to marry for two or three hundred years.

Posted by: Andrea_KC | June 8, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Do the rest of the country a favor and nuke the entire south. The south is what has really held this country back.

Posted by: yeayea911 | June 8, 2010 5:50 PM

Please. There is no need for violence. The south seceded once, they can do it again. As long as they don't do something stupid like the Ft. Sumter fiasco we can let them go peacefully and wish them well.

It seems a much simpler solution they want all these laws, entitlements, supreme court decisions flipped or changed. They can start over from scratch with a group of like minded people and they can do everything from tax payer funded weapons for everyone; abolishing unions, make abortion murder and give women the death penalty for it. They won't have to abolish the Fed, they just don't make one. They can start their economy/currency on the gold standard; call their country the United States under Jesus Christ.

It's a no pain, no struggle way of achieving everything they want.

Posted by: James10 | June 8, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

jfv123: You left off the most important part of my quote, and in doing so, completely changed the meaning on my message which, by the way, you completely misconstrued. Par for the course for someone who thinks Sarah Palin is a deep thinker.

The missing line asked, if failure is the road to success then why isn't Walter Monday, perhaps the most prominent liberal failure alive today (He beats Jimmy Carter because he tried to get elected again after his VP stint), the Emperor of the Universe? Yes, an exaggeration. Liberals recognize Mondale as a loser and shun him. Palin, equally unsuccessful in public life, is hailed as a modern day Descartes. (You may have to look him up to understand what I mean).

Now do you "get it"?

Posted by: sheehanjc | June 8, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Haley is favored by the teabaggers and carries the mark of Sarah Palin upon her.

This will help her with the teabagging loons in the primary, but it will have a NY-23rd style effect in the general election.

Posted by: Andrea_KC | June 8, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I think this Palin "bump" thing is quickly becoming a myth and I think some politicians don't necessarily want or need a Tea Bagging endorsement.

Here in California for example, Sarah "The Bimbo" Palin endorsed Carly Fiorina and it only served to bring to light what a "Bimbo" Fiorina is.

Posted by: lindalovejones | June 8, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

South Carolinians prove beyond any doubt that:

"Stupid is as stupid does".

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | June 8, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Do the rest of the country a favor and nuke the entire south. The south is what has really held this country back.

Posted by: yeayea911 | June 8, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Haley has something going for her Palin does not intelligence and the ability to debate and answer questions. Slogans and all of them, drill baby drill including offshore, lamestream media when you can't answer questions says it all. Palin's attraction is one of us too mis-informed to understand anything.

Posted by: jameschirico | June 8, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

This whole thing is a tempest in a tea-party. Haley may not know much of anything, but then she only has to beat out the other GOP losers.

Absolutely no one believes the obviously gay GOP lobbyist's claims that he slept with Haley. And they guy will not shut up...the more he talks the more convinced everyone is that he's lying and gay to boot.

Let's just remember...its South Carolina...what does any of this matter. This is one of the most primitively racist states in the U.S. I think the rest of the country has left S.C. in the past.

Posted by: free-donny | June 8, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

God bless Sarah. As a devout Republican, I say this self-aggrandizing, money-grubbing harlot epitomizes the values of our Party. She dazzles the Tea Party cretins who will be the foot soldiers of the vast army of ignorant yahoos who will sweep the GOP to victory in 2010 and 2012 on a wave of white hatred, resentment and fear. Once we have seized power and installed our stooges in office, distracted the idiot public with our patented mix of pseudo-Christian humbuggery and an endless war against Islam, we can go back to serving our true constituents by funneling what remains of the nation's wealth into the pockets of the top 1/10th of 1 percent who rightfully own America.

Posted by: senbilboredux | June 8, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Certainly doesn't speak well for the intelligence of the average South Carolinian voter if Bible Spice was listened to.

Posted by: 10emlet | June 8, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"Libs are kind of like the Caribou the Palin family eats - blissfully unaware they are being hunted until they're dead meat.
Governor Palin has great instincts, survival skills, patience and strategy. She'll end up teaching some lessons to the Ivy leaguers running the country."

Send Palin to the Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coastlines affected by the Deep Horizon oil spill. Then have Palin chant "drill, BP, drill."

Posted by: brwntrt | June 8, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

A boost from the empty suit tells a lot about the other side of the street.

Posted by: juke2 | June 8, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

A boost from the empty suit tells a lot about the other side of the street.

Posted by: juke2 | June 8, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

A boost from the empty suit tells a lot about the other side of the street.

Posted by: juke2 | June 8, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

We will see how this plays out. Personally I think that the Tea Party and Palin will backfire at the 11th hour. The GOP has cast aside the intelligent conservative for the white trash conservative and this does play well amongst the base. But the general election will be decided by the independents and the middle and the Tea Party will get into their pre-election frenzy (like they did with HCR)and scare away more intelligent, rational voters.

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Posted by: rcc_2000 | June 8, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

The entire "Tea Party" movement is simply a tempest in a teacup...a bunch of disgruntled former John McCain supporters who simply refuse to accept the will of the majority who overwhelming voted for President Obama....by 7.2 million voters exactly. "Take back the government" the tea party folks like to claim....ignoring the obvious fact that Barack Obama was democratically elected as the leader of our government. Sore losers this lot.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 8, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

The following post from a puzzled liberal says it all about Governor Palin:
"The Palin Phenomenon is truly puzzling. She quit one job and lost the other, and in the process became more powerful than she ever would have been in either of them."
Liberals would like to pretend Governor Palin is not implementing a strategy and being fairly successful at it. They would like to think her actions are a series of random events of a cartoon character they have invented.
Libs are kind of like the Caribou the Palin family eats - blissfully unaware they are being hunted until they're dead meat.
Governor Palin has great instincts, survival skills, patience and strategy. She'll end up teaching some lessons to the Ivy leaguers running the country.

Posted by: jfv123 | June 8, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

What is Nikki Haley's given name?

Posted by: vigor | June 8, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

No doubt along with Palin endorsement she also acquired them warts from Palin down below and in the head. Bottom line in SC is that these good old boys of the South are not ready for a women governor.

Posted by: winemaster2 | June 8, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

No doubt along with Palin endorsement she also acquired them warts from Palin down below and in the head. Bottom line in SC is that these good old boys of the South are not ready for a women governor.

Posted by: winemaster2 | June 8, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

No doubt along with Palin endorsement she also acquired them warts from Palin down below and in the head. Bottom line in SC is that these good old boys of the South are not ready for a women governor.

Posted by: winemaster2 | June 8, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, bad news. Good luck to Nikki on the scandal, but she's also the wrong candidate. She has a pretend name, a pretend campaign, she's faking who she is, and she's backed good ol' South Carolina into it usual corner. But, in the parlance of the South, she's also black. A conundrum...

Posted by: dudh | June 8, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

The funniest thing was the short, odd-looking Gay man who appeared on TV and purfunctorily claimed to have had a torrid affair with her.

It was such an obvious joke and smear attempt, she actually gained votes.

Posted by: pgr88 | June 8, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

tallith19, I don't live in SC but I know a lot of people there. Please do not generalize about the entire population of a state. Aren't we supposed to be getting passed all of the hate and venom? Let's move on to being productive and trying to solve this giant mess that many states are in right now. Why did you refer to Nikki Haley's race? Is that relevant to this election in some way?

Posted by: Shadow10 | June 8, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

End the $15 Billion a year in Farm Subsidies to Rich Farming Corporations ( & End Tax subsidies to Multi-Billion dollar profiteering Fossil Fuel Companies):

Farm Subsidy Database:

http://farm.ewg.org/region?fips=00000®name=UnitedStatesFarmSubsidySummary

Recipients of Total USDA Subsidies to farms in United States totaled $15,410,000,000 in 2009;

http://farm.ewg.org/top_recips.php?fips=00000&progcode=total&page=0&yr=2009

Posted by: liveride | June 8, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Party has a Clear Allegiance: The Rich, Oil and Coal

The Tea Party is fighting for what's best for Wall Street Criminals, for Oil and Coal Industry Negligence resulting in Deaths and Pollution, and the Policies that allow them to continue doing so Without Oversight or Regulation.

Why isn’t the Tea Party organizing and demonstrating against Industries causing the Deaths and Lost Livelihoods of Millions of Americans? Why aren't they protesting Lack of Regulation against Wall Street, Oil and Coal companies that are Killing People and caused the Financial Devastation of Millions of Americans? Why aren't they protesting against BP and Halliburton's Gross Negligence in the destruction of Multi-Billion dollar Tourism and Commercial Fishing Industries in the Gulf Coast Oil disaster?

Because the Companies Responsible is who Started, Fund and Direct Tea Party actions.

The primary funding sources for the Tea Party are two conservative groups:

“Americans for Prosperity” and “FreedomWorks”

which receive substantial funding from David Koch of Koch Industries, the largest privately-held energy company in the country, and the conservative Koch Family Foundations. Koch industries are responsible for hundreds of Oil spills spread over multiple states.

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/assets/binaries/wanted-for-climate-crimes-cha

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/polluterwatch/koch-industries-secretly-fund

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/polluterwatch/koch-industries

Posted by: liveride | June 8, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

IF PEOPLE IN SOUTH CAROLINA ARE INFLUENCED BY THE LIKES OF SARAH PALIN, I'M GLAD I DON'T LIVE THERE.

Posted by: skinfreak | June 8, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

The Palin endorsement drew some attention to Haley, but at this point, Haley is winning the primary on her own chops. She has proved herself tough as nails, and she's kept to a clear message of reform against business-as-usual politics. Even without Palin, I'd wager that Haley would still very much be in the mix in this primary. She would not have gotten that nice jolt, and the primary would probably be looking closer than it is, but holding on to the lead has been all Haley.

Her opponents figured that if a sex scandal could bring down the standing governor, another one (or two!) ought to topple Haley, no problem. What they forgot is that Sanford's downfall came with a lot of obvious lying, a lot of substantiated proof of the affair, and potential misuse of state resources. The charges against Haley, on the other hand, are coming from the likes of a paid adviser to her opponent. If Haley can handle state politics nearly as well as she's handled this mud-slinging, then she'll make an effective governor.

Posted by: blert | June 8, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

If you have ever been to South Carolina, you would understand that most of the people in the state are morons. Nikki Haley is a person that is supported by some really wierd people.
I can't understand how these people could fall for the crap that Sarah Palin says about this Indian lady.

Posted by: tallith19 | June 8, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

"She's someone who can communicate well, who has a brain and, most importantly, has a real agenda of cleaning house," said a national Republican official watching the race closely who spoke only on condition of anonymity.

That's a whole lot more than you can say about Palin!

Posted by: pumor | June 8, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum." ~ James L. Petigru (1789-1863), South Carolinian, lawyer, politician and jurist.

Posted by: WhateverHeSaid | June 8, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"She's someone who can communicate well, who has a brain and, most importantly, has a real agenda of cleaning house," said a national Republican official watching the race closely who spoke only on condition of anonymity.

That's a whole lot more than you can say about Palin!

Posted by: pumor | June 8, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, I think that will not likely happed in South Carolina.

"Palin's endorsement may help win a goober primary. But in a general election it has proved to be the kiss of death.

Posted by: WhateverHeSaid | June 8, 2010 4:03 PM "

Posted by: johnk4521 | June 8, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

"adviser who discussed the race only on the condition of anonymity."

People who don't put their name out there are worthless. How do we know that this person is a Haley adviser? How do we know this person even exists at all outside the imagination of the author of this article? Given the FACT that Haley was still in last place when Palin endorsed her, and quickly rose to first place says something. Naturally, Haley herself had to be a good candidate, with a good message, and Palin's endorsement gave her a big PR boost, that the others didn't have.

I suppose next people will be claiming that it was Romney's endorsement that allowed Haley to surge.

Posted by: gatshanson1 | June 8, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Effect of Palin endorsement = proof of stupidity of South Carolina Republican primary voters.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 8, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Palin's endorsement may help win a goober primary. But in a general election it has proved to be the kiss of death.

Posted by: WhateverHeSaid | June 8, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

The Palin Phenomenon is truly puzzling. She quit one job and lost the other, and in the process became more powerful than she ever would have been in either of them. Failure has made her a success. So why isn't Walter Mondale Emperor of the Universe?

Posted by: sheehanjc | June 8, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

When they find her hand drawn map of the Appalchian Trail with "x" marking several camp sites, she will be forced to resign.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | June 8, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Pf hahhahahahahaahhaha.

Oh right. And I suppose Fiorina and Susana Martinez in New Mexico likewise started surging before their Palin endorsements, as well.

Yes, Haley had started moving upwards, from what' I've read, before the endorsement. But she didn't ROCKET upwards until the Palin endorsement.

The last poll before the endorsement had her at about 15 percent. The first one after it had her at 30. She doubled her support.

Good job of including that information.

Posted by: KBowen7097 | June 8, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of sour grapes! Sure if Nikki had flamed out or the allegations had sunk her, the same operatives and MSM wouldn't be rushing to make the Palin connection. Ha ha ha.

Posted by: RightMan | June 8, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

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