COLUMNIST CLAIMS CONSERVATIVES ARE “HOLDING EVERYTHING RANSOM”
A liberal columnist with The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier is passionately defending S.C. governor Nikki Haley from conservative criticism following the latter’s middling response to U.S. president Barack Obama‘s final State of the Union address earlier this week.
Missed the fallout from Haley’s comments?
According to the governor’s media cheerleaders, though … the blame lies with her detractors. Exclusively.
“While the party descends farther into madness and anger, and populist demagogues continue to reign, it’s pretty clear the GOP desperately wants to get that crazy train off the track,” Post and Courier columnist Brian Hicks wrote this week.
“The far right is going nuts – admittedly not a far trip – as they do about everything that just doesn’t go to suit them,” Hicks added.
Haley? She’s the “voice of moderation, of common sense.”
She was chosen by “Republican” leaders, Hicks wrote, “specifically to counterbalance that sort of lunacy.”
“They have pretty much adopted flat-out racism as a policy, embracing Donald Trump’s pandering plans to close the borders to all Muslims,” Hicks added. “For that reason, you have to admire Haley for standing up to them.”
Curiously, Hicks admits Haley’s remarks don’t represent a “course correction” for the one-time Tea Party diva.
“A lot of people think she never was all that far right; she’s basically a Chamber of Commerce Republican,” he said. “That doesn’t mean she’s not a conservative, it just means she is not without compassion.”
Still, according to Hicks, Haley’s opponents are the ones to blame for everything that’s wrong with the government.
“The loudest faction of the base is often immature and selfish, stomping around like bratty kids when they don’t get their way,” he wrote. “They don’t like reason – they get it all their way or they hold everything ransom.”
Really … hold everything ransom? Like the crony capitalists did after the U.S. Congress temporarily suspended authorization of the Export-Import Bank slush fund?
Remember that? We do …
Also beg our pardon but … how on earth can the “base” hold anything ransom? Last time we checked, the purse strings in both Washington, D.C. and in Columbia, S.C. were controlled by majorities comprised of Democrats and liberal “Republicans.”
What exactly can fiscal conservatives hold ransom?
Good question … maybe Hicks will tell us in his next column.
Seriously … with the notable exception of S.C. Senator Tom Davis‘ impassioned filibuster of a totally unnecessary gas tax hike, the fiscal liberals win every time. And speaking of, the last time we checked Haley has approved virtually every penny of big government that’s come across her desk … including many Obama agenda items.
In fact, where has she “not gotten her way?” Well … except in the passage of a so-called “ethics” bill that would have actually facilitated more corruption in South Carolina government (which is already notoriously corrupt – thanks in no small part to Haley herself)?
Again, good question … maybe Hicks will tell us in his next column.