by Chris Haire
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the two deputies shot in West Ashley. With the death of one officer and another still injured, we offer our condolences to their families and our thanks for their service to the community. We pray for the full recovery of Deputy Ackerman and peace and justice for the family of Deputy Matuskovic.”Nikki Haley quickly followed with a statement of her own, one that seemingly trumped Sheheen's by bringing in the tragic story of five South Carolina children who apparently died by their father's hands:
“There are few moments that truly shock our conscience. The last 48 hours in South Carolina have done that, first with the shooting of two of our brave law enforcement officers, and then to see five babies brutally murdered. These events bring a sadness like no other. We grieve together for our lost ones, and we pray together for those touched by these horrific tragedies.”You can imagine the gleeful cackle that echoed down the halls of the Sheheen campaign HQ when their candidate was the first in the 2014 gubernatorial race to offer their condolences — and the even greater cheers of mirthful malevolence when the Haley camp realized that they could beat Sheheen at his own game by celebrating — er, mourning — the deaths of these five children.