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Mitt Romney has secured what POLITICO tells us was "one of the most sought-after remaining GOP endorsements." That would be from South Carolina's Republican Gov. Nikki Haley.
“You put all these candidates together and you’ve got one perfect candidate, but you’re never going to have a perfect candidate,” she said. “What you do is you look at the times of the day, you look at what we need in the country, and you say let’s get on track, let’s get behind the person and let’s make this happen.”

Actually, what you do if you're Haley is go with the one who agrees to your demands.

"I have talked to him about the health care situation," she told CNN in a phone interview Friday. "He is very aware that that is not something I want in South Carolina."

Haley said Romney assured her that he will grant a waiver to South Carolina to opt out of President Barack Obama's health care law, and said he will push to repeal the law if elected.

She came away from the meeting convinced.

And of course Romney will promise her anything, even what he can't possibly deliver. First of all, no waivers can be granted until 2017, which would be the last year of Romney's first term, should he be elected. Second, in order to grant a waiver, there has to be an actual, equivalent program in place in the state that meets all of the requirements of the law. And finally:

A Congressional Research Service report requested by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) states that "A President would not appear to be able to issue an executive order halting an agency from promulgating a rule that is statutorily required by PPACA, as such an action would conflict with an explicit congressional mandate." In other words, unless Congress overturned the health care law—something Romney says he will push for—the "congressional mandate" would be when Congress passed the law in 2010.

So Haley was completely ignorant about the law and what she was asking for, and Romney was completely ignorant about the law and what he was promising. I know, you're shocked.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 02:08 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (31+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 02:08:57 PM PST

  •  Cricket will be jealous! n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    JVolvo, LaurenMonica

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 02:16:39 PM PST

  •  That's weird. (17+ / 0-)

    Romney promised ME that, if elected, he'd fire Nikki Haley from the South Carolina Governorship.

  •  Haley's not the brightest bulb (12+ / 0-)

    and people here are noticing - latest poll says she's sinking

    look what she did for the state of Georgia instead of our state's port

    What factors drove governor's port deal?

    ...Haley held a fundraiser in Georgia at a law firm that does port- related work. I requested these hearings because her politically appointed DHEC Board, for no apparent reason, had just given Georgia a large head start on its harbor deepening while Charleston's harbor deepening project has been held up by the ineptitude of our elected leaders.  ... Haley's actions and the DHEC Board's decisions will unquestionably damage our state's environment and economy. The only questions remaining are about why they did it.

    The limited Senate hearings have only begun to shed light on these questions...

    Faux News ruined my state

    by sc kitty on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 02:22:17 PM PST

  •  Given Haley's currently low approval ratings (14+ / 0-)

    does this endorsement help or hurt Romney, I wonder. . .

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 02:22:22 PM PST

  •  Did she demand that he have an affair with her? (4+ / 0-)
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    Marie, LaurenMonica, importer, rscopes

    If you look at her past behavior, you quickly realize that she may have jumped the gun here. Newt and his history of philandering may be more aligned with her interests.

  •  Not only that (2+ / 0-)
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    Marie, LaurenMonica

    I heard her state that she wanted to support a candidate that could turn failing businesses around.  

    When I'm stupid and incompetent financially, I get calls from collection agencies and higher interest rates. When the 1% are stupid and incompetent financially they get billions from the government.

    by tarminian on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 02:42:26 PM PST

  •  Introducing the "Mitt Nikki" : (5+ / 0-)

    1 shot empty promises
    1 shot empty headedness
    2 shots fracking contaminated groundwater
    flip-flopped, not stirred

    "There's nothing in the dark that's not there when the lights are on" ~ Rod Serling

    by jwinIL14 on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 03:20:55 PM PST

  •  Mittens must be getting very desperate... (3+ / 0-) need Nikki Haley's endorsement to go along with that of Christine ("I am not a witch. I'm you") O'Donnell.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Gandhi

    by alaprst on Fri Dec 16, 2011 at 04:29:26 PM PST

  •  So if Romney is nominated he picks Haley for the (1+ / 0-)
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    VP spot, he then loses in 2012, Haley runs for President in 2016?

    "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

    by LaFeminista on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 08:02:46 AM PST

  •  Actually... (3+ / 0-)
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    And of course Romney will promise her anything, even what he can't possibly deliver. First of all, no waivers can be granted until 2017, which would be the last year of Romney's first term, should he be elected.

    Wouldn't that actually be the first year of his second term?

  •  Wait, what? (0+ / 0-)

    Are you saying that the President does not have the power to grant state waivers from the health care law?

  •  Rachel Maddow had a great video of Haley (4+ / 0-)
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    avoiding answering the press after her office violated a FOIA request.

  •  Hard to believe SCOTUS won't whack it. (1+ / 0-)
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    Jerry J

    Hope Team Obama has figured out a strategy to deal with that politically.

    The revolution will not be privatized.

    by Bush Bites on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 08:25:59 AM PST

  •  The mandate is hardest to waive and SCOTUS (0+ / 0-)

    will likely take care of that in 2012.

    If they end up denying severability, the whole thing is gone before the election.

    So.. it's really a moot point until the SCOTUS decision - which will come just as the campaign is gearing up at the end of June.

  •  Or: They are both lying to uninformed voters (0+ / 0-)

    Keep in Mind this is still the Republican primary. Rality has nothing to do with what the candidates say.

    Don't bother with the tear gas. We're already weeping for the loss of our country to greed and corruption.

    by mungley on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 08:26:11 AM PST

  •  And, of course, it's because it's all about what (0+ / 0-)

    Nikki Haley wants in South Carolina, not what is best for South Carolinians.

  •  A Herd of Ignorant Elephants (0+ / 0-)

    or a Parade of Ignorant Elephants.  They are reprehensible and ridiculous, these 2011 Republicans - They block jobless benefits.  They work for the 1% and block any tax increase on the 1%.  They fight for the goals of the 1% incessantly and openly, and they care nothing about the working class and the poor.  They are among the most dangerous people to have ever been in power in the history of our country.  And the worst thing is that they have been installed in office all across the country - from local school boards to state governments, to agencies in the federal government, including the christianist Bushies at the DOJ.  Scary and I fear unstoppable.  If this is not stopped the US is lost.  The nation I served to defend and whose promise of equality for all, including gays and lesbians, was beginning to be realized (under Progressive/Liberal policies and programs),  will regress and become the home of a large herd of ignorant elephants, a threat to the entire world.  

  •  Mrs. Haley (0+ / 0-)

    With all due respect, I don't think Mittens will be elected. Once he is selected as the nominee, I think half of the Republican base, including the Christian fundamentalists, will stay at home on Election Day.

  •  Smart Move by Mitt (0+ / 0-)

    He promises this dumba$$ something that he can't and obviously won't deliver, but she swallows it hook, line and sinker.  The old "something for nothing" that Mitt, as the consummate business executive, is very good at.

  •  Doubt this endorsement helps Mitt much (0+ / 0-)

    Haley's approvals are in the crapper and she's got lots of enemies among the SC GOP (look at how she struggled to win last fall). Plus the way this happened just makes it look like an underhanded backroom deal. I expect Newt will still win SC; it's a state tailor-made for his type of demagoguery.

    Haley's probably holding out hopes of being picked for Veep, but don't hold your breath, Nikki. I doubt Mitt's going to go with Palin 2.0.

  •  Haley probably knows all this. She's just (1+ / 0-)
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    posturing for the ignorant electorate.

    She couldn't endorse Romney without reassuring those rabid dumbasses that she can make Big Bad Obamacare disappear, so we can continue to be just as sick and pathetic as we've always been down here. Yay, us!

    Another instance of her anti-ACA kabuki for the crackers was wasting major federal coin on her little investigative panel that was supposed to study how to set up insurance exchanges in the state, but according to recently-released emails, the commission was instructed by Haley to NOT find any workable solutions or come anywhere near setting up any preliminary exchanges.

    I think one of the messages she wrote went something like, "Our mission here is to PREVENT the exchanges from being set up."

    Your federal tax dollars at work.

  •  All that matters is that Nikki gets what she wants (1+ / 0-)
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    and what she's promised to deliver to her favorite donors. To hell with what the majority of the people want.

    Here's an interesting snip from Think Progress last month:

    A top Republican donor who helped recruit former Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) to run for South Carolina’s top job filed a lawsuit accusing current Gov. Nikki Haley (R) of trading off her former job in the state legislature to earn big corporate paychecks. If the allegations against Haley are true, she may have earned as much as $150,000 from wealthy interest groups eager to enlist a sitting lawmaker as an advocate for their interests.

    According to the GOP donor’s lawsuit, Haley failed to disclose $42,500 in secret income she earned from a company called Wilbur Smith Associates, and she failed to recuse herself from a vote that financially benefited Wilbur Smith. Haley also took a $110,000 a year job from a hospital company and then allegedly worked as an illegal lobbyist for the company while she was a sitting lawmaker:

    The lawsuit accuses Haley, first elected in 2004 to represent Lexington in the House, of lobbying the state Department of Health and Environment Control on behalf of Lexington Medical, as it sought permission for a new open-heart surgery center. Haley and hospital officials previously have said her job as a fundraiser – a $110,000-a-year job the hospital’s CEO created for her in August 2008 – had nothing to do with the heart center.

    More at TP

    Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. -- Blaise Pascal

    by RJDixon74135 on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 08:51:27 AM PST

  •  SC's "equivalent program" would be "kiss my ass." (0+ / 0-)

    With regards to the second problem with granting a waiver:

    Second, in order to grant a waiver, there has to be an actual, equivalent program in place in the state that meets all of the requirements of the law.

    What's to stop a hypothetical Romney administration from looking at South Carolina's "status ante-Obama" health care "system," complete with exclusions for pre-existing conditions and the such, and deciding, completely contrary to common sense, that it "meets the requirements" of the ACA?

    This is a Republican in the South we're talking about. Ignoring such unnecessary bothers as environmental and other federal regulations is SOP.

    Looking for a holiday gift? Consider Krampus and other original wood block prints by Liv Rainey-Smith.

    by maxomai on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 08:51:36 AM PST

  •  Demonstration in Charleston (1+ / 0-)
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    Charleston, SC was the second stop of the Nikki Haley / Mitt Romney on Saturday, Dec. 17.  Heavy security surrounded Memminger Auditorium, a performance space ironically constructed by the WPA during the FDR administration.  The construction of Memminger auditorium was the sort of community friendly, positive jobs project that both Haley and Romney oppose.

    Seven demonstrators leafleted people coming to the event, getting many turn downs, but handing out over sixty fliers highlighting Romney and Haley’s practice of destroying official records while serving as Governor to groups which included over 150 participants.  Copies were also handed out to the media, including a photographer for the New York Times.

    Gov. Haley clearly noticed the protestors as she entered, exiting a large, black SUV.  It wasn’t clear when or how Mitt Romney entered the building.

    Several handmade signs were on display highlighting Romney’s history eliminating American jobs while working at Bain Capital, removing hard drives full or records at the end of his administration as Governor of Massachusetts and reminding those attending that an Active occupy movement is on the ground in Charleston.
    It was hard to tell how many people attended the Romney Haley event, but the behavior of those coming to the event was subdued and it could not have been a capacity crowd for the large space.

    Relations with the police were cordial.  They had been provided with advance notice of the demonstration.  About 15 minutes after the event had started, the demonstrators went to a nearby tavern to enjoy a $1 breakfast special and discuss strategy.  Occupy Charleston had another march/rally planned for noon Saturday, showing that a diverse and active community of dissent and challenge to a conservative status quo is on the ground in the Holy City.

    For an event organized on 36 hours notice during the holidays, the participants felt it was successful.  We look forward to building on our new relationship with Americans United for Change and making use of the materials they’re providing during the busy weeks between now and the Republican Presidential Primary here.

    William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through

    by wjhamilton29464 on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 08:52:26 AM PST

  •  Vermont & Montana also waiting on waivers (2017) (0+ / 0-)

    Both states are ready for single payer.  The ACA puts that off as a feature not a bug in favor of status quo.

  •  Haley (1+ / 0-)
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    Haley has really angered her base with endorsing Romney.  Haley is already in the hot seat with the SC GOP and the tea party with the ports deal and other mishaps and now she endorses a man who is called "Obama Jr." around here. Here is a Politico link showing how angry her supporters are.

  •  Neither were ignorant (0+ / 0-)

    Both were disingenuous, pandering assholes.

  •  Dumb and dumber, the GOP edition. (0+ / 0-)

    Flip-flopper agrees to unreasonable demands and promises what he cannot deliver to an ignorant gov.

    "The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously." -- Hubert H. Humphrey

    by Candide08 on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 09:57:59 AM PST

  •  I'm charmed by Nikki Haley's comment "put all (0+ / 0-)

    "these (the GOP presidential contenders) candidates together and you've got one perfect candidate."

    I can see that perfect candidate now:  Newt's modesty and steady temperament, Bachmann's grasp of history and geography, Mitt's experience of hardships and concern for the working people, Perry's fiscal rectitude and intelligence, Paul's devotion to promoting the common welfare, and Huntsman's blinding charisma.

    As offensive as our adversaries can be, it is always the people on our own side who drive us crazy.

    by Mayfly on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 10:05:03 AM PST

  •  So Haley suports (0+ / 0-)

    the candidate who instituted the model for Obamacare which she's spend two years soundly criticizing. Nothing schizophrenic about this.

    (Think she's angling for VP.)

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