By Ben Schreckinger (Politico) –
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The last Republican governor who took on the Confederate flag in South Carolina lost his job. Nikki Haley may get a promotion.
Haley’s decisive action to drive the final removal of the banner from statehouse grounds quickly and relatively cleanly in the glare of the national spotlight proved a well-timed audition for higher office ahead of the 2016 Republican veepstakes. The fact that the issue at hand aligned perfectly with Haley’s brand — a squeaky-clean, pro-business image that transcends her party’s gender and ethnic liabilities — only helps.
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