Before 2009, no candidate for governor had wanted to challenge the well-organized and wealthy teachers' union, the NJEA, and all had gone meekly before the union leadership seeking its endorsement -- until Chris Christie who, knowing he would never get it, announced loudly that he didn't want it.
Haley has been seen as a new Republican star for many years and many political observers believed she would be right at the top of the VP short-list in 2012. But that's never going to happen. Why? One reason -- Sarah Palin.
Given that Bush has grounded the ship of state on an iceberg turned loose by global warming, the failure to hold Palin up to the same standards as any other vice presidential candidate would be an act of gross irresponsibility.
The best laugh in this selection is that McCain thinks he can snag the Hillary refuseniks with a female and appease the Religious Right with Palin's anti-abortion rights stance. He's going to lose on both counts.