Nikki Haley to deliver GOP rebuttal to Obama’s final State of the Union speech

posted at 7:21 pm on January 5, 2016 by Allahpundit

After a year of Boehner quitting and Scott Walker fading and Trump rising to the top of the party, the GOP finally enjoys a moment of predictability.

Haley will become the first South Carolinian to offer the response, which comes after she was thrust into the national spotlight following the Charleston shooting in June that left nine black churchgoers dead and led to a subsequent national debate over the Confederate Flag.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., made the announcement Tuesday.

“Nikki Haley has led an economic turnaround and set a bold agenda for her state, getting things done and becoming one of the most popular governors in America,” Ryan said in a statement. “In a year when the country is crying out for a positive vision and alternative to the status quo, Governor Haley is the exact right choice to deliver the Republican Address to the Nation.”

Who else could it have been, realistically? After tapping four men (Bob McDonnell, Bobby Jindal, Mitch Daniels, and Marco Rubio) for the rebuttal after Obama’s first four SOTUs, the GOP started showing off some of its women stars — Cathy McMorris Rodgers in 2014, Joni Ernst last year, and now Haley, living proof in a presidential election year that influential Republicans are not, as the media might have you believe, all old white men. Susana Martinez was in the mix too, I’m sure, but New Mexico has been a mostly reliable blue state in recent presidential elections whereas Haley’s home state of South Carolina is a reliably red one. (Martinez has a few years left in her term. If Hillary wins in November, she’ll inevitably give the SOTU rebuttal in 2017 or 2018.) Haley also has a higher national profile than Martinez in the wake of the Charleston shooting and the bill she signed removing the Confederate battle flag from the statehouse grounds. She’s exactly the face the GOP leadership wants out there — not only to counter Team Clinton as they rev up ye olde “sexist/racist” messaging machine against Republicans but to try to soften the party’s image a little to the wider electorate after a summer (and fall, and winter) of Trump.

What makes this extra interesting, though, is the politics of the South Carolina primary. She’s being given this assignment by Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan knowing that the national exposure will only increase her influence. Her endorsement would have meant something in SC even without this opportunity but now it may mean more. It’s hard to believe McConnell and Ryan would take the risk of boosting her if they thought there was a chance she might endorse establishment nemesis Ted Cruz, as her support in a close race might make the difference. The fact that she’s giving this speech means, I assume, that they’re reasonably confident she’ll endorse the top center-right finisher in New Hampshire — probably Marco Rubio, possibly Chris Christie, doubtfully but theoretically maybe Jeb Bush. And whichever of the three she endorses, she’s a sure thing to be shortlisted for VP. Either way, it’s difficult to imagine that Haley would turn around after this and surprise the leadership by backing Cruz, just in case you’re one of those people who tweet me sometimes — or, er, comment to Politico — that “Cruz/Haley!” is a possible ticket.


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Womenz. The GOP knows how to pander, albeit 30 years too late.

HugoDrax on January 5, 2016 at 7:26 PM

Meh, will she have a card with a list of unnecessary apologies on it..to appease whatever group may have special interest concerns?

celt on January 5, 2016 at 7:28 PM

Who cares….?

NeoKong on January 5, 2016 at 7:28 PM

I hope she does well and blisters Obama and Hillary.

portlandon on January 5, 2016 at 7:29 PM

Hope that effer is better than the GOP’s Christmas rebuttal. That really stung that Barry.

arnold ziffel on January 5, 2016 at 7:29 PM

you mean VP nominee Haley. this is further proof of that reality.

AYNBLAND on January 5, 2016 at 7:29 PM

“Nikki Haley has led an economic turnaround and set a bold agenda for her state, getting things done and becoming one of the most popular governors in America,” Ryan said in a statement.

This is BS.

lineholder on January 5, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Meh, will she have a card with a list of unnecessary apologies on it..to appease whatever group may have special interest concerns?

celt on January 5, 2016 at 7:28 PM

BS. I’m glad she took down that symbol of treason against our Republic.

AYNBLAND on January 5, 2016 at 7:30 PM

you mean VP nominee Haley. this is further proof of that reality.

AYNBLAND on January 5, 2016 at 7:29 PM

How does that work in your universe? You mean the party establishment chooses who gets to be VP? I thought the nominee chooses that, and the people chose the nominee?

HugoDrax on January 5, 2016 at 7:32 PM

“Nikki Haley has led an economic turnaround and set a bold agenda for her state, getting things done and becoming one of the most popular governors in America,” Ryan said in a statement.

She knows how to betray Southerners for the sake of political expediency, that’s for certain.

Admirable achievement there, Surrender Nikki! ////

lineholder on January 5, 2016 at 7:32 PM

“Bringing the big guns” to the fight, used to mean a show of strength being delivered by General Patton.

Now it’s delivered by this little girl on the battlefield!

Lord have mercy on us.

Typicalwhitewoman on January 5, 2016 at 7:33 PM

Notice how the GOP Establishment always rewards the ones who pay homage to liberal pieties?
They let Rubio give the rebuttal after he showed he’d lie about amnesty and then join them.
Supposedly “conservative” Cathy McMorris Rogers for bowing to Boehner’s immigration game.
Supposedly “conservative” Joni Ernst last year, because she’s obeyed Mitch.
Haley this year because she ended the Confederate flag problem for them.

But nobody with real balls.

saltlick on January 5, 2016 at 7:33 PM

boring

Walter L. Newton on January 5, 2016 at 7:34 PM

If she doesn’t do it in Spanish, we’ll lose the Hispanic vote!

Oh, wait …

ShainS on January 5, 2016 at 7:35 PM

Aslan’s Girl [email protected]_Girl 2h2 hours ago Elgin, IL
The GOPe is just poking us in the eye by announcing RINO Nikki Haley as SOTU rebutt. She’s a BUTT alright.

Congratulations to Aslan’s Girl for reaching 2000 follower mark.

If you’re a Trump I recommend Aslan’s Girl: https://twitter.com/aslans_girl

anotherJoe on January 5, 2016 at 7:35 PM

you mean VP nominee Haley. this is further proof of that reality.

AYNBLAND on January 5, 2016 at 7:29 PM

Only an idiot would pick her as VP. Which, of course, explains your enthusiasm …

ShainS on January 5, 2016 at 7:36 PM

Nikki Haley to deliver GOP rebuttal to Obama’s final State of the Union speech

What is she surrendering this time?

(Reminder: ‘Brave’ Nikki could have saved 9 lives if she had only been ‘brave’ 1 week earlier)

TheMadHessian on January 5, 2016 at 7:37 PM

Haley this year because she ended the Confederate flag problem for them.

But nobody with real balls.

saltlick on January 5, 2016 at 7:33 PM

Always baffles me how anyone considering themselves a constitutional conservative would be FOR flying the Confederate Flag on State grounds. It’s not a liberal piety. That Flag represents treason.

AYNBLAND on January 5, 2016 at 7:38 PM

She’ll only have any credibility if she gives her rebuttal wrapped in a Confederate flag.

Ruckus_Tom on January 5, 2016 at 7:38 PM

you mean VP nominee Haley. this is further proof of that reality.

AYNBLAND on January 5, 2016 at 7:29 PM

Only an idiot would pick her as VP. Which, of course, explains your enthusiasm …

ShainS on January 5, 2016 at 7:36 PM

She’s considered the top pick for the job by most political professionals. You back Trump, a bona fide liberal. You’re the moron friend.

AYNBLAND on January 5, 2016 at 7:39 PM

So the Establishment wants “The RINO Queen Haley” to deliver the rebuttal so they can parade her around as the Republican VP Nominee so that if Trump or Cruz wins the POTUS Nominee either one could suffer magical health issues and be replaced by the “Puppet Haley.” Thus restoring the RINOs control of being “do nothing-ers.”

Nat George on January 5, 2016 at 7:39 PM

Nikki Haley is the biggest RINO governor in GOP. This is an insult to the GOP voters to have her doing the rebuttal. Add this to the insult of them voting in the Paul Ryan as speaker. Incredible.

anotherJoe on January 5, 2016 at 7:39 PM

Hell, get some guts and let Liz Cheney do it.

Limerick on January 5, 2016 at 7:40 PM

lineholder on January 5, 2016 at 7:30 PM

She’s been a great, conservative Governor and I will be sorry to see her go…and I’m voting for Cruz, no matter who she endorses.

AUINSC on January 5, 2016 at 7:40 PM

you mean VP nominee Haley. this is further proof of that reality.

AYNBLAND on January 5, 2016 at 7:29 PM

No, Trump will not pick her as his running mate.

TheMadHessian on January 5, 2016 at 7:40 PM

political professionals

AYNBLAND on January 5, 2016 at 7:39 PM

I loved the work the ‘political professionals’ did when they gave us President Romney and President McCain.

TheMadHessian on January 5, 2016 at 7:42 PM

I’d say I’m surprised by the idiocy of the GOPe, but who really is anymore? These people just want to lose. It’s the only rational explanation.

He Who Some Call A Traitor on January 5, 2016 at 7:42 PM

A very poor choice – but not unexpected.

So, will she be allowed to turn this into a campaign speech for her dream candidate, and fellow AMNESTY / OPEN BORDERS pusher, Rubio?

Pork-Chop on January 5, 2016 at 7:42 PM

BS. I’m glad she took down that symbol of treason against our Republic.

AYNBLAND on January 5, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Only someone like you would justify the greatest number of American casualties in history as justifiably.

I guess to someone like you, the American Revolution was treason also.

You disgust me every time you posts here, you are no conservative and most here despise you in every way.

celt on January 5, 2016 at 7:43 PM

She knows how to betray Southerners for the sake of political expediency, that’s for certain.

Admirable achievement there, Surrender Nikki! ////

lineholder on January 5, 2016 at 7:32 PM

To be fair, she is a good GOPe soldier looking to die on the NEXT hill because the one we’re on is not good enough to fight for.

TheMadHessian on January 5, 2016 at 7:45 PM

At least she won’t be talking about bread bags.

agmartin on January 5, 2016 at 7:45 PM

I would much rather see Trump give a Vinny Gambini rebuttal as in “Everything that guy just said is bullshit”

rik on January 5, 2016 at 7:45 PM

She’s been a great, conservative Governor and I will be sorry to see her go…and I’m voting for Cruz, no matter who she endorses.

AUINSC on January 5, 2016 at 7:40 PM

I’ll pass that along to my family living in SC who would rather see someone less inclined to tow the GOPe line in her place.

lineholder on January 5, 2016 at 7:46 PM

She’s considered the top pick for the job by most political professionals. You back Trump, a bona fide liberal. You’re the moron friend.

AYNBLAND on January 5, 2016 at 7:39 PM

I back Cruz. Your a congenital liar just like Killary.

ShainS on January 5, 2016 at 7:47 PM

I’ll watch only if she gives her rebuttal with the Stars and Bars as the background.

whatcat on January 5, 2016 at 7:48 PM

The GOP Establishment may rest assured that a sizable portion of the electorate remembers Haley’s contribution.


Vandals topple graves, deface tombstones at historic Confederate cemetery
January 4, 2016
By Victor Skinner

thatsafactjack on January 5, 2016 at 7:48 PM

I could vote vote for Trump or Cruz in a minute… unless either picked Haley as a running mate… even more so than Rubio and that’s a strong statement…

fabrexe on January 5, 2016 at 7:49 PM

The GOP Establishment may rest assured that a sizable portion of the electorate remembers Haley’s contribution.

Vandals topple graves, deface tombstones at historic Confederate cemetery
January 4, 2016
By Victor Skinner

thatsafactjack on January 5, 2016 at 7:48 PM

‘Surrender’ Nikki, you built that.

TheMadHessian on January 5, 2016 at 7:54 PM

A Cruz/Haley ticket would be awesome.

cat_owner on January 5, 2016 at 7:54 PM

She knows how to betray Southerners for the sake of political expediency, that’s for certain.

Admirable achievement there, Surrender Nikki! ////

lineholder on January 5, 2016 at 7:32 PM
Exactly. Prior to her ‘pander’-I had never owned a Battle flag.
We own one now.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 5, 2016 at 7:56 PM

She’s been a great, conservative Governor and I will be sorry to see her go…and I’m voting for Cruz, no matter who she endorses.

AUINSC on January 5, 2016 at 7:40 PM

You are fortunate to have her, particularly considering governors of many other states.

cat_owner on January 5, 2016 at 7:56 PM

A Cruz/Haley ticket would be awesome.

cat_owner on January 5, 2016 at 7:54 PM

Cruz-ABSOLUTELY-but no on Nikki the panderbear.
I’m hoping for Cruz/Walker.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 5, 2016 at 7:57 PM

Another Kelly Ayotte. If only she could conjure up some of that Sikh warrior spirit to the job. Instead she’ll play to the Left’s feminist narrative.

kingsmill on January 5, 2016 at 7:57 PM

I’m still mad about her the “rebel” flag absurdity…

sorrowen on January 5, 2016 at 7:59 PM

i wish it would have been haley barbour..

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on January 5, 2016 at 7:59 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 5, 2016 at 7:56 PM

She’s a governor of a Southern state.

Did she have no sense of the depth of history for the people she had been elected to govern?

Or did she have a sense of their history, and chose to betray it anyway for the sake of her own political ambitions?

Either way, I lost all respect for her.

lineholder on January 5, 2016 at 8:01 PM

A Cruz/Haley ticket would be awesome.

cat_owner on January 5, 2016 at 7:54 PM

This.

Aizen on January 5, 2016 at 8:02 PM

TheMadHessian on January 5, 2016 at 7:54 PM

Haley and the Establishment were quick to maintain that the removal of that single flag in Columbia would be an end to the issue.

Since the removal monuments have been defaced or removed, graves have been desecrated, and the divisiveness that removal of the flag flying over a war memorial was supposed to end has only escalated.

If that’s the GOP Establishment’s notion of marketable and viable governance they’re obviously still operating under the delusion that the electorate isn’t paying attention.

thatsafactjack on January 5, 2016 at 8:02 PM

A Cruz/Haley ticket would be awesome.

cat_owner on January 5, 2016 at 7:54 PM

Too much of a muchness

rik on January 5, 2016 at 8:03 PM

Too much of a muchness

rik on January 5, 2016 at 8:03 PM

Sort of like that Scotch, eh? *snicker*

lineholder on January 5, 2016 at 8:05 PM

I like the word “final” here. Sounds good.

AprilApple on January 5, 2016 at 8:05 PM

Haley and the Establishment were quick to maintain that the removal of that single flag in Columbia would be an end to the issue.

Since the removal monuments have been defaced or removed, graves have been desecrated, and the divisiveness that removal of the flag flying over a war memorial was supposed to end has only escalated.

If that’s the GOP Establishment’s notion of marketable and viable governance they’re obviously still operating under the delusion that the electorate isn’t paying attention.

thatsafactjack on January 5, 2016 at 8:02 PM

Exactly. And at the time when she did it, I said this will not end the issue. We’ve seen it hasn’t ended.

TheMadHessian on January 5, 2016 at 8:05 PM

lineholder on January 5, 2016 at 8:01 PM

I was born and raised in the upper-Midwest-and Lubbock is closer to New Mexico than to Houston.Lubbock is very ‘southwest’-so you don’t see many Battle Flags flying here-but Haley’s willingness to to betray her state’s history/people like that…it just made me livid!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 5, 2016 at 8:06 PM

This.

Aizen on January 5, 2016 at 8:02 PM

Glad someone agrees. :) She’s bound to be on the VP short list, regardless of who is the nominee.

And hopefully that nominee will be Ted Cruz.

cat_owner on January 5, 2016 at 8:07 PM

She is the epitome of PC and the exact opposite of Trump, she folded like a wet napkin at the first sign of controversy.

I doubt her address will be well received across America by actual Conservatives.

Must be her last ditch effort to impress uninformed senior citizens in SC before the next election?

GOPe says she earned it…

celt on January 5, 2016 at 8:08 PM

The push for Rubio is alive and well.

Cindy Munford on January 5, 2016 at 8:08 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 5, 2016 at 8:06 PM

Well, I grew up in SC and spent 30 years there, so that definitely has an impact on my viewpoint.

I get down there usually every other week to see various members of the family. I’ve seen a lot more young people in the state displaying the Rebel flag, and very proudly, too, since Haley had the flag removed.

SC people are known to be pretty stubborn. I wouldn’t have them be any other way.

lineholder on January 5, 2016 at 8:11 PM

I would much rather see Trump give a Vinny Gambini rebuttal as in “Everything that guy just said is bullshit”

rik on January 5, 2016 at 7:45 PM

God, a Trump rebuttal would get higher ratings than the SOTU itself. Might be the first time that’s ever happened, actually.

Buckshot Bill on January 5, 2016 at 8:12 PM

lineholder on January 5, 2016 at 8:01 PM
I’ve only been to SC once-as a guest of the US government.
I was hoping to leave as a US Marine. That didn’t work out. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on January 5, 2016 at 8:13 PM

Haley, always backs the GOPe candidate. ALWAYS. The tea party put this blitch in office and like all the rest we helped, she turned on us and joined the GOPe. She will never get another vote from me for anything.

they lie on January 5, 2016 at 8:15 PM

Let me guess. She’ll end up endorsing Rubio.

Mimzey on January 5, 2016 at 8:16 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 5, 2016 at 8:13 PM

Let me guess….Parris Island?

The Navy bugged me for about six months when I was 17, but I had a little one by then and couldn’t take them up on it.

lineholder on January 5, 2016 at 8:16 PM

Haley is a governor from the South that has no idea what the South is. She is a nice lady who is of Indian heritage and could as well be from the moon. She is an American who has no roots and can easily embrace the terrible ideology of multiculturalism. Basically it means no roots, culture or identity. Obama is a good example of this phenomena and as we have seen he had no American traditions in his child hood. He was never a Boy Scout, played baseball, celebrated the 4th of July or Christmas. He is a study in being an American without any American values. She personifies all of it. Why the RNC would want a soulless person like her to run as the VP is further evidence of the gap between them and the Republican base.

inspectorudy on January 5, 2016 at 8:16 PM

Exactly. Prior to her ‘pander’-I had never owned a Battle flag.
We own one now.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 5, 2016 at 7:56 PM

I’m in MO, I used to see like one Battle flag a year, maybe. Now I see them all over, tattoos as well. There are two Battle flags on the same pole at a shop across town. Seeing a lot of new Gadsden flags around town lately too.

If the left hadn’t made such a fuss over nothing, the flags would still be rare up here.

Buckshot Bill on January 5, 2016 at 8:17 PM

Too much of a muchness

rik on January 5, 2016 at 8:03 PM

Sort of like that Scotch, eh? *snicker*

lineholder on January 5, 2016 at 8:05 PM

Switch to absolute with a splash of kahlua, my mellow

rik on January 5, 2016 at 8:20 PM

inspectorudy on January 5, 2016 at 8:16 PM

You’ve just put into words something that I was thinking about earlier.

lineholder on January 5, 2016 at 8:21 PM

What? Miss Lindsey too busy so they went with the other woman?

bbinfl on January 5, 2016 at 8:22 PM

lineholder on January 5, 2016 at 8:16 PM

Yeppers. I was there for 2 months in early 1989.

Alas-I’m uncoordinated-though I do well at the local range-and I came from a ‘dysfunctional’ home-and freaked out when I got yelled at.
The USMC was kind enough to give me a medical separation rather than a dreaded ‘FTA’.
I was bitter for a few years about it-but everything happens for a reason.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 5, 2016 at 8:22 PM

rik on January 5, 2016 at 8:20 PM

LOL *smh*

Well, you have a safe evening. Must run to the pharmacy before they close.

lineholder on January 5, 2016 at 8:22 PM

I like her.

But this will be the embodiment of meh.

She’s an incredibly meh speaker. Not bad. Just meh.

budfox on January 5, 2016 at 8:23 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 5, 2016 at 8:22 PM

Indeed it does. And so much depends not on what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us. Or at least that’s what I think.

BBL. Running to the store now.

lineholder on January 5, 2016 at 8:25 PM

She’s borrrrring.

They are just trolling her for Veep.

Anything the despicable gop can do to keep their approved Ruling Class BIG BIG BIG Gov lovers running the show.

#burndown2016

#throwthemout

PappyD61 on January 5, 2016 at 8:33 PM

Only someone like you would justify the greatest number of American casualties in history as justifiably.

I guess to someone like you, the American Revolution was treason also.

You disgust me every time you posts here, you are no conservative and most here despise you in every way.

celt on January 5, 2016 at 7:43 PM

Are you suggesting logical consistency?

Bigbullets on January 5, 2016 at 8:33 PM

The GOPe has big plans for this one, a woman, a minority (even though she barely looks Indian at all) and ready to play ball and follow GOPe orders at all costs.

Redstone on January 5, 2016 at 8:34 PM

A couple of years ago Cathy Rodgers McMorris gave the GOP rebuttal and bombed big time.

bw222 on January 5, 2016 at 8:49 PM

who knows how she will do. the only conservative they have picked was Jindal and he gave the worst in recent memory.

SDRightWinger on January 5, 2016 at 8:54 PM

Billed as the female Jeb Bush. How’s that workin’ out for ya?

jangle12 on January 5, 2016 at 8:55 PM

Always baffles me how anyone considering themselves a constitutional conservative would be FOR flying the Confederate Flag on State grounds. It’s not a liberal piety. That Flag represents treason.

AYNBLAND on January 5, 2016 at 7:38 PM

Exactly! I’m sure there are tons of anti-American treasonous people here that will disagree with you though.

proverbs427 on January 5, 2016 at 9:05 PM

Im already a big fan and so I’d give her every consideration as a possible vpnom and imo, its hard to see how you keep her off the team this Fall.

As far as potus quals go, Gov Haley is certainly ready by the Obama standard, and almost pretty much ok sure ready by historical standards.

Moreso than any of the rookie Senators and she’s a better retail politician than any of the establishment guys. And if Carly Fiorina wants to some day be President, go get elected as a governor of consequence somewhere for two terms then talk about national office.

Among many other qualifying factors, Haley’s Indian heritage, like that of her pal Gov Jindal, would/will be a yuuuge international asset. It already is.

Sacramento on January 5, 2016 at 9:15 PM

Always baffles me how anyone considering themselves a constitutional conservative would be FOR flying the Confederate Flag on State grounds. It’s not a liberal piety. That Flag represents treason.

AYNBLAND

The “constitutional conservatives” at the time that flag was flying over a sovereign nation were the ones committing “treason”. No, really.

Knott Buyinit on January 5, 2016 at 9:18 PM

Rubio…

d1carter on January 5, 2016 at 9:23 PM

That Flag represents treason.

AYNBLAND

Treason? Since you are a tool of the powers that be, I’m going to guess the following quote, which applies perfectly to the desire of the Confederacy to form their own nation also ranks as treasonous- it certainly did to other Tories like you…

What that flag represents is a new nation that died shortly after it was born- murdered by its motherland.

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them…

I have no doubt which side you would have supported in the First Revolution.

Dolce Far Niente on January 5, 2016 at 9:27 PM

you mean VP nominee Haley. this is further proof of that reality.

AYNBLAND on January 5, 2016 at 7:29 PM

How does that work in your universe? You mean the party establishment chooses who gets to be VP? I thought the nominee chooses that, and the people chose the nominee?

HugoDrax on January 5, 2016 at 7:32 PM

Here’s the funny thing about politics Hugo……..it’s political.

The VP pick is ALWAYS a political consideration. Any of these potential nominees have Gov. Haley at the top of their list. Want to know why? Because they’re not a reactionary moron like you.

AYNBLAND on January 5, 2016 at 9:55 PM

Any of these potential nominees have Gov. Haley at the top of their list. Want to know why?

AYNBLAND on January 5, 2016 at 9:55 PM

Because they want to surrender like ‘Brave’ Nikki.

TheMadHessian on January 5, 2016 at 10:12 PM

Only someone like you would justify the greatest number of American casualties in history as justifiably.

I guess to someone like you, the American Revolution was treason also.

You disgust me every time you posts here, you are no conservative and most here despise you in every way.

celt on January 5, 2016 at 7:43 PM

It was justifiable to kill every Reb who dared try to splinter our Republic. I honor ever soul who died in that war to define our nation. But I’ll be damned if I honor that flag of treason. It was treason. You can’t be a conservative and think anything else.

AYNBLAND on January 5, 2016 at 10:23 PM

Always baffles me how anyone considering themselves a constitutional conservative would be FOR flying the Confederate Flag on State grounds. It’s not a liberal piety. That Flag represents treason.

AYNBLAND on January 5, 2016 at 7:38 PM

Exactly! I’m sure there are tons of anti-American treasonous people here that will disagree with you though.

proverbs427 on January 5, 2016 at 9:05 PM

As does the Declaration Of Independence. Burn it!!!

ShainS on January 5, 2016 at 10:45 PM

AYNBLAND on January 5, 2016 at 10:23 PM

That’s a narrow minded way of looking at it.

You need to read more Jazz Shaw
.

lineholder on January 5, 2016 at 10:49 PM

Any of these potential nominees have Gov. Haley at the top of their list. Want to know why?

AYNBLAND on January 5, 2016 at 9:55 PM

If they want to lose, then choose Haley

lineholder on January 5, 2016 at 10:52 PM

That Flag represents treason.

AYNBLAND

By your standards George Washington was treasonous. The only difference between Washington and Lee was that Washington’s side won and Lee’s lost.

bw222 on January 5, 2016 at 11:07 PM

It was treason. You can’t be a conservative and think anything else.

AYNBLAND on January 5, 2016 at 10:23 PM

A RINO like you is about the last person who should be dictating what conservative standards should be.

I still think you’re a woman.

bw222 on January 5, 2016 at 11:11 PM

Here in SC, people love Nikki Haley. Her competence and leadership were critical after the flood. We got things cleaned up quick due, in no small part, to her actions.

Pythagoras on January 5, 2016 at 11:45 PM

She’s considered the top pick for the job by most political professionals. You back Trump, a bona fide liberal. You’re the moron friend.

AYNBLAND on January 5, 2016 at 7:39 PM

I was pretending to be a Cruz supporter (I do like him) to burnish my conservative bona fides as rhetorical gimmick to discuss Trump. I’ve owned up to that.

AYNBLAND on October 3, 2015 at 8:52 PM

You call yourself a Conservative but support a liberal. You sir have no credibilty.

AYNBLAND on December 12, 2015 at 9:15 PM

I’ve always been a Rubio supporter.

AYNBLAND on November 2, 2015 at 9:13 PM

Great News. Paul Ryan understand the curse of progressivism more than anyone on Capitol Hill.

AYNBLAND on October 28, 2015 at 3:53 PM

Glenn Beck said in 2012 that Paul Ryan was the most impressive student of progressives in politics he’d ever heard.

AYNBLAND on October 22, 2015 at 10:21 AM

fossten on January 5, 2016 at 11:48 PM

Here in SC, people love Nikki Haley. Her competence and leadership were critical after the flood. We got things cleaned up quick due, in no small part, to her actions.

Pythagoras

They love Lindsey Graham too.

Because they’re not a reactionary moron like you.

AYNTARD

Nope, they’re bend over specialist morons like you who let democrats dictate everything they do instead. Being reactionary morons would be an improvement. But they have to get permission from the democrats first, lol.

xblade on January 6, 2016 at 12:10 AM

I loved the work the ‘political professionals’ did when they gave us President Romney and President McCain.

TheMadHessian

The same professionals who said Trump wouldn’t run….wait, would be out in a week, no, in a month…no, in two months….no, in three months….no, in four months…..no, he’s done after attacking John McCain, American hero…no, he’s done after putting Americans before Mexicans…no, he’s really done after attacking Carly, etc. Those same professionals who are losing to Trump, lol. Yup, those geniuses.

At best, Ayntard is GOPe cvck. More likely he’s just a democrat sweating over Hillary having no chance in 2016.

xblade on January 6, 2016 at 12:14 AM

xblade on January 6, 2016 at 12:14 AM

I think that sums it up perfectly.

TheMadHessian on January 6, 2016 at 1:24 AM

If McConnell had picked Matt Bevin y’all would have just trashed Bevin as an obvious RINO sellout. Anyone short of Mark Levin or Ann Coulter would have had most of you screaming I guess.

Nikki Haley is a great choice and yes, it is important to keep showing the country the GOP is not just a party of old white men. Joni Ernst did a great job last year and I know Gov. Haley will too. She is a very good speaker and has a manner of speaking that is engaging and warm. You know Obama is going to say something about the Charleston shooting and who better than Haley to respond to that? She did more to calm down the country after that than Obama did, for sure.

I certainly hope she is on everyone’s short list for VP.

rockmom on January 6, 2016 at 12:29 PM

She’s a governor of a Southern state.

Did she have no sense of the depth of history for the people she had been elected to govern?

Or did she have a sense of their history, and chose to betray it anyway for the sake of her own political ambitions?

Either way, I lost all respect for her.

lineholder on January 5, 2016 at 8:01 PM

Sounds like you need the Southern history lesson.

The South of the confederacy was populated by people who loved slavery. That flag has been a symbol of leftists for over a century and a half. The klan was entirely populated by leftists and democrats, and they loved that flag.

Alabama’s legislature went republican in 2010, for the first time since reconstruction. The leftists who controlled this state demanded that flag be flown on state house grounds for 160 years. 5 years after republicans took over, it was finally removed.

And I’m happy as a Dixie clam about it. Good riddance.

runawayyyy on January 6, 2016 at 3:29 PM

If McConnell had picked Matt Bevin y’all would have just trashed Bevin as an obvious RINO sellout. Anyone short of Mark Levin or Ann Coulter would have had most of you screaming I guess.

rockmom on January 6, 2016 at 12:29 PM

Heh. Since Ms. Coulter gave herself to The Donald, her stature (IMHO) resembles that of a smurf. He’s neither Constitutional nor a Conservative. He’s the quintessential Man On A White Horse; the Glorious Leader who will lead us all out of this mess. Napoleon was one; so was Hitler after the Wiemar Republic, or Castro after Batista. Funny how such, often wind up creating an even more painful mess.

As for Mr. Levin, he has the intellect but not the sympathetic stage presence necessary to “sell” the Rebuttal. I haven’t heard much from Gov. Haley, so I look forward to seeing how she does.

ReggieA on January 6, 2016 at 4:58 PM

Possible topics for Ms. Haley

17,000,000 US jobs held by immigrants

All job growth since 2001-immigrants

Facebook and Google hire huge numbers of H1 visa immigrants for jobs that many Americans would love to have.

talkingpoints on January 8, 2016 at 8:07 PM