South Carolina governor and potential 2016 presidential contender Nikki Haley has decided to offer her two cents about today’s government shutdown: It’s Obama’s fault.

Here’s what she had to say:

We are seeing a complete lack of leadership. A leader should never let it get to the point of a shutdown in govt. You call in both sides, bring them in a room for the good of the people you serve and resolve the issue. No Governor of a state would let this happen. It is inexcusable for the President to allow this to happen in our country.


However, Haley ignores one important factor in all of this: There is not a single state government in our fair nation that is as divided like the federal government is. Most states, South Carolina included, are fiercely one-party states, where the members of the ruling party largely march in lock step. As a result, you can never have the sort of partisan pissing match that has crippled Washington D.C. for years. Haley’s not an idiot. She knows this, and she’s counting on the fact that you don’t.