We at VUI are not big fans of Nikki Haley . We think she is lazy, and a bit ignorant of how things work. But, we also live in he real world. And, the political reality is that Nikki Haley is going to be the next Governor of South Carolina and will defeat State Senator Vincent Sheheen soundly.
Sheheen for all his positive attributes, has ran this campaign the wrong way Some say he is using his campaign to help John Spratt. Others says that Sheheen is such a an intellectual Democrat that he can not understand why people buy into the Haley propaganda machine. It does have to be hard for a pro life, pro gun Democrat who actually has the brains to understand how things get done to be so far behind to a candidate who never shows up for work, is an accountant who can not pay her taxes, and is apparently for sale with no one caring about it.
So, Sheheen lashed out with a negative ad. The problem is that is his introduction to South Carolina. And, that plays into Haley's hands. Haley is like a used car salesman. She has no knowledge of her product she is selling, does not work very hard, but is likable and gets sympathy when attacked for just being herself. Add to that the climate against Democrats that Obama has created, and Sheheen has no chance.
You read that right, Sheheen has no chance. Sheheen might have had some chance had he ran from the Democratic Party in June and reached out to those who feel alienated by Haley in the places like the Upstate. Instead, Sheheen has ran a campaign that makes one wonder if he could find the Upstate with a chauffeur and a road map. Sheheen and the state Democratics seem to be all about saving John Spratt, which, frankly, they will not.
That ineptness will end in defeat for Sheheen, but if Haley racks up really big numbers, which it looks like she could, the Democrats will be shut of statewide election victories. Democrats think that they have a chance through money in the races for Lt. Governor, Superintendent of Education, and Attorney General. But all the money that they have will be spent in vain. If Haley breaks sixty percent, which polls suggest she can, she joins Senator DeMint, who will get around seventy percent, in leading a GOP landslide. State Representatives like Herb Kirsh could be sent home in such a wave. Frankly put, in this climate, the SC House will have about four more Republicans, and the every statewide officer will be a Republican.
But, as said, before, the people will not get what they think. The state is ran by Speaker Harrell and Senate President Pro Tempore McConnnell. Washington might be in for some change, but here in SC we will have more of the same.