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THE SELECTIVE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA’S “CONSERVATIVE” GOVERNOR 

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley will have her moment in the national spotlight this week in Tampa, Florida when she addresses the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Haley is viewed as a rising star by national Republicans – a “tea party favorite” who ostensibly supports fiscally conservative policy.  “Just a Reminder: Nikki Haley Remains Awesome,” Erick Erickson, editor of RedState.com, wrote last week – remarking how Haley “drew a line in the sand over pork barrel spending in the state.”

We fully expect Haley to nail her speech … and win plenty of new converts in the process.  She’s adept at tossing red meat, and the fact that she’s a female minority makes her instantly distinguishable in a sea of cookie cutter white male politicians.

But is Haley’s national reputation consistent with her record?  No.  Not even a little bit.  In fact here are a few things Haley is unlikely to mention during her speech:

Her initial support for federal stimulus funding.

The record-setting state budget she approved in 2011.

The record-setting state budget she proposed in 2012.

The record-setting state budget she approved in 2012.

The fat pay raises she awarded her staff after taking office.

The taxpayer-funded jobs she secured for her daughter and chief of staff’s wife.

The tens of millions of dollars in corporate welfare she’s doled out since taking office.

Her incompetent jobs agency …

The $52 million bailout her Department of Transportation received from Barack Obama.

The $100 million bailouts state taxpayers gave her Medicaid agency (here and here).

Her love of Export-Import Bank subsidies.

Her hypocrisy on ethics reform (or our state’s abysmal corruption ranking).

Her hypocrisy on transparency (or our state’s abysmal open government ranking).

The authors of her “government restructuring” legislation …

Her refusal to fight for a “conservative House and conservative Senate.”

The status of her “movement …

Her legislative emails …

Her family business …

Her 2007 income tax return …

Whether she’s wearing black boy shorts …

The 2012 Orange Bowl …

The password for her last job application …

What she talks about during late night phone calls …

Mitt Romney’s “First in the South” victory party …

Romneycare …

And the list goes on …

Which reminds us, we almost forgot.  There’s one other very important thing you won’t hear Nikki Haley mention during her speech: What she had to do to earn it.

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