Nikki Haley In 2016? Don’t Laugh …

… ALTHOUGH SC GOVERNOR WILL NEVER SURVIVE THE VETTING Last November we wrote an article explaining the thinking of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s political consultant and pollster, Jon Lerner. “He’s convinced (Barack) Obama will be reelected,” one of our sources said of Lerner, adding that the Maryland-based pollster was “grooming (Haley)…


Last November we wrote an article explaining the thinking of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s political consultant and pollster, Jon Lerner.

“He’s convinced (Barack) Obama will be reelected,” one of our sources said of Lerner, adding that the Maryland-based pollster was “grooming (Haley) for 2016.”

A big part of that effort?  Haley’s busy political calendar – which has taken her all over the country during her first two years in office.  Then there’s the “Savannah River Sellout,” in which Haley sold South Carolina’s economic interests down the river for a prime time speaking slot at the 2012 Republican National Convention.

With Obama reelected, the presidential grooming of Nikki Haley is now in full swing – although her national itinerary has been curtailed of late by an unprecedented state-level security breach at one of her cabinet agencies.  Still, the national press continues to soak up the aura surrounding Haley – and GOP leaders eager to nominate a non-white, non-male in four years are aggressively touting her as one of the early contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

“If President Obama’s re-election proved anything, it’s that the GOP once again failed to connect with young voters, Latino-Americans, and women,” one Haley backer told FITS recently. “In order for the Republican Party to regain the White House, it needs to break traditions and actively pursue these non-traditional constituencies – which is exactly why South Carolina governor Nikki Haley could be the breath of fresh air the Republican Party desperately needs.”

Translation?  All national Republicans need to do in order to reverse their recent string of electoral setbacks is nominate a candidate with dark skin and lady parts.

Picking up the narrative, CBS political reporter Brian Montopoli listed Haley on his “early look at the 2016 GOP presidential contenders” – behind U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

“The 40-year-old, Indian-American governor of South Carolina is an unflinching conservative with Tea Party support who also just happens to be a woman and a minority,” Montopoli writes of Haley.

Wait … an “unflinching conservative?”  Haley?

And “Tea Party support?”  Maybe nationally … but not in South Carolina.

Montopoli does acknowledge that Haley “faces a reelection battle in 2014, and she’s no sure thing,” echoing what we reported earlier this month.  He also touches on the concern surrounding Haley’s perpetual self-promotion.

“Some in her state complain she has focused more on promoting herself on the national stage than benefiting the state GOP,” he notes.

Or governing …

Here’s the bottom line, though … Haley will never, ever, ever, ever EVER survive the sort of vetting that goes with becoming a major  party presidential nominee.  And we’re not just talking about the sex stuff, we’re talking about the scandals that pre-dated her 2010 election – most notably that lavish lifestyle she enjoyed on a modest income during the previous decade.

Also a prerequisite to Haley becoming a legitimate national contender is winning the Palmetto State in 2014 – which is looking increasingly unlikely in the wake of her latest scandal.


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? November 21, 2012 at 10:58 am

Never say “never”.

It’s just not the Ted Vick’s of the world that get re-elected.

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.”-Mencken

Jan November 21, 2012 at 11:42 am

Well do you know what you want, and do you deserve it?

? November 21, 2012 at 11:45 am


Jan November 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm

So where is the problem?

? November 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I feel bad for the common people, that’s the problem.

Bonhoeffer November 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Good for you, but not to worry, for in the words of Abraham Lincoln, “The good Lord must have loved the common people because he made so many of them.”

? November 21, 2012 at 8:54 pm

lmao @ Bon

Horse farmer November 21, 2012 at 11:00 am

I will wager a beer to a glass of warm horse piss, she is done!
Must be smoking some serious shit. She would be savaged by her record of incompetence and unqualified appointments!

Carrefour November 22, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Agree on quality of appointments. Where does she find these people? Even in her home county of Lexington I can think of a few rather brilliant, capable business people who would help her greatly and restore some credibility. My question is why she doesn’t look at accomplished business people for appointments instead of ex military, career bureaucrats or donor hacks.

Raspy November 21, 2012 at 11:03 am

Palin taught her how to get attention and fill her bank book while knowing she will never amount to anything greater than another trailer park whore. Nikki will travel out of state where her corruption and stupidity are not so well known. She will write books and idiots who know no better will throw money at her to hear her speak. She will be Palin’s soul twin.

hhuuhh?? November 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Oh, I wish there were a “like” button!

south mauldin November 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Why can’t there be one?

dwb619 November 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm

But Sarah has a very nice rack!

Raspy November 21, 2012 at 11:05 am

And don’t get me started on that list of “contenders” the Republicans are eyeing. I really believe that the Republican Party hierarchy is accepting money under the table from the Democrats to run losers, year after year, knowing that the public just will not elect them as President, no matter how bad the Democrat losers are.

Aaron November 22, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Lets pay Democrats to run a winner against Joe Wilson. We seem to have run the loser in the 2nd District. Wilson is a fing moron.

Sailor November 21, 2012 at 11:07 am

While this may serve to further inflate her ego (if that’s possible), she wouldn’t make it past the first round in the primaries.

I'mYourHuckleberry November 21, 2012 at 11:07 am

Surely she couldn’t survive the vetting after the book published in 2011 by Will Folks, which described all of her bad deeds.

Sammy November 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm

LOL…now here’s where I would like a “like” button.

junior justice November 21, 2012 at 11:13 am

HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS! Coming soon: Haley-Version 2.0!

Stephan November 21, 2012 at 11:22 am

Of course her success is based on the entire country being “stupid.’

Jan November 21, 2012 at 11:38 am

Well that is all she knows. She has only run for office in SC.

scnative November 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Well look who the country has elected in recent memory??? If that doesn’t say stupid, I don’t know what does.

But she has quite a list of more qualified people ahead of her. You know like the dogcatcher, Paula Broadwell, Lindsey Lohan, etc.

Seriously, if the country has dumbed down as much as this state, then God help us.

lynn breazeale November 21, 2012 at 11:26 am

It amazes me that a novice with a very poor record can be mentioned for a national leadership post…….oops I forgot our current Prez.

vicupstate November 21, 2012 at 11:45 am

That current Prez sure showed you and you ilk your asses a little over 2 weeks ago.

? November 21, 2012 at 11:47 am

Vic has a point. It’s like Obama won the special Olypmics.

vicupstate November 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm

And yet the head of the Winter Olympics couldn’t bet him.

Lisa November 21, 2012 at 12:37 pm also seemed to have overlooked Sarah(the media whore)Palin.

south mauldin November 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Nice thread, Vic. Us Upstaters need to hang together.

2 Peas November 22, 2012 at 7:06 pm

At least in the Upstate you don’t have the stench of Joe Wilson.

Isotope Soap November 21, 2012 at 11:26 am

Sorry, Will…I laughed!

Silvio Dante November 21, 2012 at 11:52 am

I vurped.

Nolff November 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I think I sharted.

Smirks November 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I threw up in my mouth a little.

cunning cat November 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Once Will Folk’s book comes out, her Presidential hopes will be dashed. Oh wait,nevermind. Yep, you’re right, don’t laugh!

Sailor November 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I think Will must have gotten writers cramp!

vicupstate November 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I wonder if Haley will still be thought of as Presidential timber when she loses her re-election campaign?

As dumb as some of the national press is, she just might.

Smirks November 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Christie actually cut taxes. Jindal actually passed school choice. Walker actually did something against the unions. Hell, even if you’re specifically looking for a corrupt as hell governor, Rick Scott fits the bill better.

Haley’s a self serving fuck-up, she’ll have the same success Rick Perry had in the 2012 primary. Same debate responses, too. “How would you say you handled the security breach under your administration?” “Uh, um… oops!”

Salazar November 22, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Another self serving fuck up is Joe Wilson. I agree with all the recent posts on FITS that he is one guy who has to go. If we want doers in Congress we have to jettison the ballast and Joe Wilson is the sludge at the bottom of the shit tank. Spend one minute around this dope and it is apparent that he has no brain, no sense, no personality and no clue. For those advocating someone such as Sen. Ryberg or Todd Atwater for Congress they have my support. No more Bushes and Wilson’s who suck off the public dole.

hhuuhh?? November 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Sanford…now, Haley.
Does Lerner have clients without fatal character flaws?
Must not if he thinks Haley is a winner.

sweepin November 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Lerner simply needs to promote her well enough to raise enough money for his monthly fees. If he raises enough, he can raise the level of his fees.

He wins, regardless.

And the “sheeples” who contribute get just what they deserve.

RINO November 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm

If Jeb Bush gets in, it will be him. If not, then it will be Paul Ryan. Nikki will be there to help whatever candidate with her endorsement that carries so much weight.

scnative November 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I like Jeb Bush – great man – but he hasn’t a chance with that last name any more. It’s been ruined for him.

I think Jindl looks better than Ryan. But if we really, really want the Reps to win, it will be none other than Mario Rubio or Susana Martinez. It’s the only way to win — get the Hispanic vote away from the Dems. Even the Cubans in Miami voted for Obama!!!! That must be a first in over 50 years.

The other thing that has to be done is to stop being so ultra conservative (or you listening tea partiers??). You must learn to compromise and realize you can’t have it all your way (sorry for the dirty word).

Billy Tecumseh Sherman November 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm

If Nikki Haley runs for the Republican nomination she won’t win it

But if somehow she did she won’t be elected President

Crooner November 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm

She might just pull a Mitt and walk away form a second term to concentrate on running for Prez.

Peach November 21, 2012 at 11:36 pm

If Folks ever published his book saying that he fucked her and that Haley sucked his dick, THEN I’d believe she was toast. (This, however, will never happen.)

The SRS, DOR, Paris Airshow and other Haley scandals are minor footnotes for Fox, Limbaugh, Beck, WSJ and other Murdock publications. The Koch Brothers have heard of Haley and think she’s great.

She can be bought for pennies.

Don November 22, 2012 at 6:49 am

Her only strength is unbridled ego. It allows her to say and do anything that will further her career. It allows her to relentlessly raise money and then spend it to promote HERSELF.

Her “honors, awards and accomplishments” have all been purchased, bartered or fabricated.

She has no verifiable accomplishment other than the successful selling of herself.

She is a mirage. A myth. Perhaps worse.

Salazar November 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm

“no verifiable accomplishments” applies to Joe Wilson too. That and he’s a lying s.o.b.

Manray9 November 22, 2012 at 9:55 am

Competence in public office is not a criterion for advancement.

Tammy November 22, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Joe Wilson is an example that incompetent boobs can get elected and reelected. Stupid is as stupid does.

sweepin November 22, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Joe Wilson makes Floyd Spence look like a Rhodes Scholar. Floyd may not have been the brightest bulb in the lot, but he burned brighter SC’s Congressional “truth arbiter.”

Carmelo Junior April 28, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Time to have a young non corrupt same last name WOMAN as US President. If Nikky did it in 2010 she can do it in 2014 and 2016.

Carmelo Junior April 28, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Time to have a young non corrupt same last name WOMAN as US President. If Nikky did it in 2010 she can do it in 2014 and 2016.

Carmelo Junior March 2, 2014 at 3:42 pm

After her picture shooting big guns, and her husband deployment, her reelection is pretty much a sure thing. The question is by how much she wins? By 5 or by 10?


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