Nikki Haley's Star Rises as Rebel Flag Comes Down

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.