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Lettuce does not a salad make

Libertarian Republicans support Nikki Haley for Governor of South Carolina

Nikki Haley is the leading contender for the GOP nomination for Governor of South Carolina, 2010. (Mark Sanford will be finishing his term). She is a strong fiscal conservative. And she’s even been the featured speaker at various SC Tea Party rallies. She is a maverick state legislator, who has ruffled the feathers of go-along, to get-along old guard members of the State House on a variety of issues.

My ideological issues with Eric Dondero aside, I was under the impression that the whole maverick thing was now considered to be somewhat of an insult and am having a hard time believing that he just used it in a positive manner. Here is the RedState Article about Nikki Haley:

I would say that libertarians and conservatives both need the GOP and need each other. They are not always going to agree. There will be fights over the drug war, marriage, etc. But at the end of the day, both conservatives and libertarians are, or at least must be, committed to smaller government.

I bring this up to point out Nikki Haley. She’s unapologetically pro-life, but she is first and foremost known as a fiscal conservative. She is the type of candidate conservatives claim they want. She is also the type of candidate libertarians claim to want.

Fiscal conservative should not be enough to make one appealing to libertarians. I am appalled.

She is not afraid, even as an elected official, to criticize her own party for losing its way. That’s the type of candidate the Republicans need.

This is absolutely true.

Let me be blunt: if conservatives and libertarians cannot unite behind Nikki Haley and get her onto the national stage as a fresh face for both Republicans and small government, we might as well call it day.

Is this because the Republicans need libertarian support, or because the libertarian front is growing big enough to be seen as a legitimate threat?

As far as Nikki Haley goes, her “Issues” seem to be vague and pointless, one of which is not very libertarian at all. Her stances on taxes and government spending are on point. Education not so much. Abortion, not at all. And what about any other social issues? Would she stand for any sort of marijuana decriminalization/legalization (or better yet, delegislation)? South Carolina hasn’t really been known as a cradle of civil liberties/rights in the past – would she change that? Either way, I’d like to quote one single, itty-bitty sentence from her page:

I have fought and worked to bring accountability and transparency to government, and I won’t stop until sunlight shines on every part of the government process.

Lady, there is always at least one place that sunlight doesn’t shine on.

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