Nikki Haley's Detractors Make Her Stronger

A governor facing doubts from within her own party is getting validation from an unlikely place.

In the finale for BBC's Sherlock, there's a scene where the famed British detective has a spot of tea with his arch-nemesis Moriarty. The two have a verbal sparring match as Moriarty tells Sherlock, "Every fairy tale needs a good old-fashioned villain."

In the world of politics, the heroes and villains are relative, but you'd think Gov. Nikki Haley a master criminal for the ages with the way Democrats and union leaders have been acting.

It's actually to their detriment — the focus on a governor struggling to prove her relevance to her own party is giving her a shot of validity by all of these attacks.

On Tuesday, national political reporters returned their attention to the Palmetto State after

Democratic strategist Tyler Jones called it totally inappropriate. "There is absolutely no place for this in politics," he said. "You don't need a bat to beat Nikki Haley, you just need a brain."

Last week, we saw the end of @PhilBaileySC after the Democratic staff member for the S.C. State Senate, took his often comical rebuttals too far.

After the state Republican Party's fruitless effort to unilaterally put candidates back on the ballot after they didn't file their paperwork in order, Bailey tweeted: "@nikkihaley is the Sikh Jesus. She can resurrect an unlawful campaign from the dead by simply appearing at a @SCGOP hearing."

That was the last you'll hear from Bailey's personal twitter account — it has been cancelled. State Sen. Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg) told The State, "I don't even know exactly what Twitter is, but he's not going to be doing it."

In both instances, these folks went too far in their attacks on Haley. But, their frustration is also grossly misplaced.

I'll give Haley credit for screaming the loudest in Columbia when it comes to the state's anti-union bona fides. But it's the state legislature that has been strengthening anti-union laws in the state.

And, in the dispute between Boeing and the National Labor Relations Board, it was likely opposition in Washington and not Haley's protests that turned the tide in that argument.  

So, why focus your frustration on a team's No. 1 fan sitting in the bleachers? Why not just hate the team on the field — state and federal legislators.

As for Bailey's rant, it isn't Haley who is twisting arms on the election snafu. It's grassroots activists angered to see their conservative candidates forced off the ballot.

As Moriarty played with Sherlock, I was reminded of one exchange as I watched Dewitt take a bat to Haley's image, giving Haley credit for the state's anti-union ways. Or, for that matter, Bailey's implication that Haley forced the hand of the state GOP.

Lets not forget that this is a governor with GOP opponents seriously weighing a challenge to her re-election in 2014, actively working to dismiss her as ineffectual and easily replaced.

In a trial for the crime of the century, Sherlock had testified to Moriarty's unprecedented criminal mind. As they sat for tea after the acquittal, Sherlock realized his mistake.

"You were advertising all the way through the trial," Sherlock told Moriarty. "You were showing the world what you could do."

Moriarty smiled, "And you were helping." 

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John H June 03, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Reg; I’ll have to defer to your first hand knowledge. Do you have a link that would reveal the exact nature of the hearing? Was it an NLRB hearing or something else? It seems odd that they are held in a public forum with polititians (Mulvaney) involved the proceedings. This what I found; http://www.laborunionreport.com/portal/2011/04/behind-the-obama-labor-boards-bashing-of-boeing-is-a-case-full-of-irony-and-union-failure/ http://www.nrtw.org/en/press/2011/12/boeing-employees-hit-machinist-union-12282011 Considering the sources, I found the whole ironic history of the union and Boeing’s plant in SC interesting.
reg June 03, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Look at your sources, John. laborunionreport is a site devoted only to anti-union postings; it doesn't identify sources of its postings, and that site won't even reveal who owns it - check them on WhoIs http://whois.net/whois/laborunionreport.com "The IP address from which you have visited the Network Solutions Registrar WHOIS database is contained within a list of IP addresses that may have failed to abide by Network Solutions' WHOIS policy."
reg June 03, 2012 at 11:25 PM
The other source is an open, blatant lobby group that does nothing but attack labor representation (right to work vs. right to representation). See it's about page: " Its mission is to eliminate coercive union power". The hearing here was called for by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform; the GOP majority in House heads that committee, with Rep. Issa as chair. He called it to further pursue his goals of getting rid of NLRB http://www.charlestonbusiness.com/news/40030-house-oversight-committee-issue-isn-rsquo-t-washington-vs-north-charleston-workers?rss=0 Forget the fact that NLRB has also represented people suing unions, including right here in Chas....issa and GOP just want to get rid of unions and rights to representation.
Richard Hayes June 04, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Janice -- you act as if the Democrats are running the state! Sorry Republicans have been in charge for over a decade - you need to take RESPONSIBILITY for its deplorable condition. You may call Harrell and McConnell "RHINOs", but I see McConnell taking on Haley in the primaries -- though I seriously expect Haley NOT to run for a second term.
John H June 04, 2012 at 02:47 AM
OK Reg..thanks. So the hearing in Charleston had little to do with the NLRB and unfair labor or union practices. It seems it was a dog and pony show for politicians to be seen advancing their own agendas which is breaking the unions and pleasing their backers. “Forget the fact that NLRB has also represented people suing unions, including right here in Chas” I wonder if there is any truth in the story from one of the posts I had that three Charleston Boeing workers filed a complaint with the NLRB against their machinist union. In another article, I found it interesting that NLRB general counsel Lafe Solomon was quoted as saying that he was happy with outcome of the situation. Why wouldn’t he be? It sounds like it was a win-win for everyone. The IAM got a huge contract in Washington. South Carolina got a few thousand jobs. Boeing got away with moving jobs out of a union state under questionable legality. The politicians got a pulpit from which to proselytize from. Life goes on.


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