Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Tuesday said he supports South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds. His comments come after he said Sunday the flag debate, which erupted after the shooting of nine African-American worshippers in a Charleston church last week, was "not an issue for a person running for president."
It was undertaken largely as an act of damage control on behalf of Republican presidential primary candidates who were so frozen in terror at the thought of risking South Carolina's pro-Confederacy vote that they couldn't articulate whether they believed the flag should come down. [...] Her decision to aggressively seek its removal is the right one, but it's been the right one all along, and shouldn't have taken a racist massacre at a black church by a local neoconfederate to awaken her to that conclusion. If this makes her likelier to be a vice presidential nominee than she was before, it's only because whoever wins the presidential nomination will appreciate her intervention as an act of mercy.