Nikki Haley, Sarah Palin and Jenny Sanford: The Three Sisters awaken
By Bernie Quigley
For The Hill on 5/17/10
They were there at Arthur’s death and at the beginning of Siegfried’s ride; the Three Sisters are harbingers of mythic beginnings and endings calling from native hills and rivers. So the arrival of Jenny Sanford in the morning and Sarah Palin in the evening to support Nikki Haley in the South Carolina governor’s race is most auspicious.
She already has Mitt Romney’s support and by now she has caught national attention. Nikki Haley represents a rising political tide in conservatism in America and she was an early favorite of the Tea Party movement. As this movement is being vilified in the MSM, it is finding common sense in Rand Paul in Kentucky and solid and formidable structure and determination in Tim Bridgewater in Utah. Haley brings to it disciple and a knack for organization, and with Palin and Sanford in tow it may be suggested, that primal strength of character of that the Three Sisters archetype suggest.
“It is a tremendous honor to receive Governor Palin’s endorsement. Sarah Palin has energized the conservative movement like few others in our generation. She has helped millions of Americans find the power of their voice. I am extremely proud that she has offered her support to my candidacy,” said Haley.
Haley, a state representative from Lexington, has been an advocate for fiscal responsibility, transparency in government, and conservative values since her first day as a state legislator in 2005.
“I’m very proud to add my voice to Jenny Sanford’s and others in endorsing Nikki Haley for governor of South Carolina,” said Palin. “Nikki is a strong pro-life, pro-Second Amendment fiscal conservative who served with distinction as a state lawmaker, a reformer who fought her own party to protect the interests of the taxpayer, a proud daughter of immigrants who worked night and day to achieve the American dream, a wife of an officer in the Army National Guard, a board member at her family’s Methodist church, and – most proudly – the loving mother of two beautiful kids.”
Inevitably, misfortune falls to a state when it is revealed that a sitting governor like Mark Sanford reads lusty romances like The Thorn Birds. Fate is sure to ensue, as it has. But in the way of the Trickster, the world is then given Jenny Sanford who many in South Carolina regard as the organizational backbone and powerhouse behind her husband’s political success.
Mrs. Sanford endorsed Haley’s candidacy for governor in November, saying, “[W]hen I’m asked my wish for South Carolina’s future, my wish is for a leader of state government like Nikki Haley. She’s principled, conservative, tough, and smart.”
After November, these three women need to take this show on the road.