Just when we thought South Carolina politics couldn't get any more salacious, a second
man has claimed to have a sexual encounter with Nikki Haley, the married
Republican front-runner for South Carolina's governor's race. This time
it's a political consultant named Larry Merchant who worked for Haley's
primary opponent, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer. At this point, his allegation
is just as puzzling as Will Folks's claim: neither
can be verified. Feeling somewhat defeated, pundits are decrying instead the
state of South Carolina politics. But first, Nikki Haley addresses the most
Even For South Carolina This Is Bad, writes Robert Stacey McCain at The
American Spectator: "Republican politics in South Carolina has been a
rough sport since the era of the legendary Lee Atwater, but the dirty
games have descended to a new low in the past 10 days.
A Despicable Smear Campaign, writes Erick Erickson at Redstate: "Andre Bauer’s entire campaign strategy — ignore the issues, ignore the
experience, and go straight to calling Nikki Haley a whore. I really and
truly hope South Carolina voters will not reward the man for something
The View from the LeftEd Kilgore at The Democratic
Strategist writes: "It's more likely [Marchant] was fired for shopping
the story around. And though all I have to go by here is a Twitter feed,
it appears Haley accused Bauer at a candidate debate tonight of
shopping the story and then firing Marchant when nobody bought it. If
this can all get more byzantine, I'm sure it will."
Here's a Perverse Notion, writes Allahpundit at Hot Air: "At this
point I half-hope that all these charges against her are true, just
because that’d actually be less depressing than the thought of this many
scumbags running around South Carolina smearing innocent people."
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