USA Today’s “Nikki Haley Commercial”
S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley scored a major national coup this week – a glowing 1,500-word feature in USA Today about how she’s managing her husband Michael’s deployment to Afghanistan as an agribusiness consultant.
The article – written by “reporter” Susan Page – might as well have been a commercial for Haley’s reelection bid, people.
“Nikki Randhawa Haley has been a groundbreaker,” Page writes. “She is the first female governor of South Carolina and, as an Indian American, the state’s first minority governor, elected in 2010 after a hard-fought campaign. When her husband, Michael Haley, was deployed to Afghanistan with his South Carolina National Guard unit, she also became the first sitting U.S. governor to have a spouse deployed to a combat zone by the National Guard.”
The rest of the story features excerpts from Haley’s “remarkably candid” interview with Page (and yes, you might want to consider grabbing your hankie).
“It actually hurt me terribly, because to see him go away — I realized how much I had missed him,” Haley said of her husband’s deployment. “I realized how lonely I had been and realized how much a part of life he really was. That’s when it got really hard. … I just realized how easier life was when he was there and how empty it is when he’s not.”
That’s when it got really hard???
TWSS, governor. TWSS.
Completing the coup, the article is littered with pictures of Haley in her favorite hooker boots (you know, for all the dudes who prefer to jerk something other than tears).
Love her or hate her, Nikki Haley’s “national star” is burning brightly today, people …