South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) was the designated GOP responder to the SOTU. It’s usually a thankless job, and it’s often brought with it the curse of ignominy and mockery — think of Bobby Jindal’s audition for Nerd of the Year or Marco Rubio’s water bottle — so I am pretty sure that when the RNC called Gov. Haley and said “Tag, you’re it,” she probably didn’t jump up and say “Goody!”
I didn’t watch her response, but the pundits are telling us that she was frankly honest about the role the GOP has played in dividing the country and said that they have to do better.
“We as Republicans need to own that truth. We need to recognize our contributions to the erosion of the public trust in America’s leadership. We need to accept that we’ve played a role in how and why our government is broken,” Haley said. “And then we need to fix it.”
That didn’t go over well with the nutsery.
“Trump should deport Nikki Haley,” conservative commentator Ann Coulter tweeted part way through Haley’s speech. She later added: “Nikki Haley says ‘welcoming properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of religion.’ Translation: let in all the Muslims.”
Ironically, by being the grown-up and conciliatory, she’s basically blown any chance she had at being on anyone’s short list as the running mate.