As I sit here smoking my favorite cigar (San Lotano) listening to Nikki Haley’s wonderful response to the State of the Union, I am baffled by the vitriolic hatred aimed at the Governor from the right. One of the most unusual responses came from vice presidential candidate, I mean presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina. In a radio interview with Mike Gallagher that lasted over 4 minutes, she spent around 3 minutes bashing governor Haley’s response. Mrs. Fiorina emphatically said it was the wrong tone and insinuated that Governor Haley was part of the GOP establishment.
Oh the irony.
Lets travel back in time to 2010. Nikki Haley was the Tea Party candidate for governor, who was supported by Sarah Palin and Erick Erickson. She ran against the establishment candidate Gresham Barrett, backed by Dick Cheney and won. Since being in office she has ended Common Core in South Carolina, strengthened voter photo id requirements and appointed one of the most conservative senators to fill Jim DeMint’s seat.
In California in 2010, Carly Fiorina was running as a Republican for senate, but not as a conservative. As Erick Erickson points out here, Mrs Fiorina supported the bailouts, the stimulus, Sonya Sotomayor and Jesse Jackson.
However when you dig a little deeper, the motive of the attack becomes clear. Carly Fiorina is running for vice president. She is polling at 2% in Iowa and out of money. Nikki Haley’s water bottle free, wonderful response to the State of the Union, has clearly put her on the VP short list and Carly Fiorina knows it.