Conservative women no longer seem rare in American politics, which makes it natural to ask: Is there someone out there who is going to be our Margaret Thatcher? Sarah Palin threw away her chance by abandoning the governorship of Alaska. Rep. Michele Bachmann's chance dimmed when she botched her critique of Gov. Rick Perry and his appalling bid to impose a vaccination against a sexually transmitted disease on teenage girls in Texas.
Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina has been busy trying to close her state's $700 million budget gap, but she has found time for a more personal project, jotting down thoughts and memories during quiet moments in the early morning, late at night and on weekends.