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Issac Bailey has been a journalist in South Carolina for the past two decades and was most recently the primary columnist for The Sun News in Myrtle Beach. He was a 2014 Harvard University Nieman Fellow. Twitter: @ijbailey The views expressed are his own.
(CNN)For a second there, I thought South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley might pull a Marco Rubio and take a desperate sip of water during her Republican response to President Obama's final State of the Union speech.