I listened to the first part of the Nikki Haley's response. (Who first came up with this "response" idea anyway? I'm sure it seemed like a good idea at the time ... ) http://www.salon.com/2016/01/13/rig...ponse_grows_to_reveal_ugly_racial_undertones/ The South Carolina governor became a target after using her speech to take on her party's own xenophobic base Right-wing backlash to Nikki Haley's GOP State of the Union response grows to reveal ugly racial undertone Ann Coulter's response was offensive by design, of course, but, I guess that is her job. The speech, which seemed very "Republican" to me, has been widely criticized by the Right Wing. The inherent contradictions in the current Republican political alignment is painfully obvious. Nikki Haley is supposed to be the new face of the Republican Party, but, the racist xenophobic populist base is having none of it. Conservatism today, as conceived by William F. Buckley, Jr., from the mid 50's to the late 60's, was supposed to be composed of libertarians, religious conservatives, and what are now called neoconservatives-- foreign policy hawks. But, for a lot of reasons, the racist populism of the day was also incorporated-- by Buckley himself. It has always been a strange brew, as Nikki Haley is learning.