South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley earned widespread praise in the mainstream political press for her televised Republican response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address. CNN columnist Isaac Bailey wrote that Haley was so good that she “should have run for president.” Syndicated conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer said immediately after Haley’s remarks, on Fox News Channel, that her response was the best he has ever seen. (We here on The Fix noted that Google searches for Haley spiked — likely a good sign for her name recognition and potential vice presidential stock.)
Haley’s speech-after-the-speech appeared to play well with the Republican voters, too, according to GOP pollster Frank Luntz, who measured record-high favorability ratings in a focus group during Haley's response.