The 116th governor of South Carolina entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination amid 4% enthusiasm among party voters in the polls. She trails Mike Pence but is ahead of Mike Pompeo. However, she may split the South Carolinian vote with Tim Scott who is polling at 1%.
This is the most informative article I've ever read about Nikki Haley. What I've seen before about her did indeed seem to be mostly about her 'identity politics' 'features'. Plus, she looks polished and seems articulate, so I had assumed she must have some sort of accomplishments, tho I'd never actually heard about any.
But Don, you've pulled together all the pieces and put them in perspective. She truly is an empty suit, mainly concerned with selfish ambition. Her governorship is mostly a wasted opportunity. She could have been taking on the Marxist Left with courage and speaking out boldly like DeSantis and helped to change the trajectory of the country. She failed to do so, and has not earned a promotion to President.
And I love how you demolished Geoff Duncan's three arguments for Haley. I swear, Don Surber's political writing is among the very best on the Internet. If everyone in the country read him regularly, we would definitely not be in the mess we are in.
Nikki Haley... hail no! We don’t need her. We need a patriotic powerful leader who will take all the slings and arrows and stand firm and resolute. America first! Jail all the evil ones that are destroying our beautiful America. Pull no punches! Do shat it takes. Damn the torpedoes. Restore our constitutional republic. End of discussion. Trump remains my man!
If Haley won, it would be open borders, war mongering and globalism. I don’t want a fourth term of Bathhouse Barry but a second term of MAGA.
Nikki needs... well, Nikki. She says "It's time for a new generation." while representing the NeverTrump generation. Right. No thanks. Grifter 101.
I am only a couple years her senior, but she does not represent Gen X and other Normal Americans.
It is a good thing she is running for POTUS. If it were just DJT, there would be no news of a republican running for office in 2024. Our state news Pravda has erased him and his accomplishments. Nikki has zero shot of winning, as she represents the war mongering Neo-cons.
Like "Republican" Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, I bet she would do nothing about America's Chernobyl in Palestine, OH. At least Gorbachev in the former USSR made sure to get his countrymen out.
She's a token. I hope South Park gives her the treatment.
"'Why not me?'"
If that's the first and/or only answer, hang it up, now.
"'These are the people who are supposed to be with me. These are the people who are supposed to be moving South Carolina forward.'"
No, BOTH parties ought to upholding both the US and state constitutions while doing the people's business.
I wonder if this whole CNN "controversy wasn't staged to give Little Nikki a boost.
As an independent voter (previously slightly left of center before the Democrats grabbed the center and ran to the coast with it), Nikki Haley is everything that made me dislike the Republican Party. She's a war monger who licks the boots of the establishment and big business while make culture war grunting noises.
For example, take her comment that the "Don't Say Gay Bill" didn't go far enough. The bill was fixed the problem I as an independent see without going off the deep end. Furthermore as a tactical move, it was quite brilliant. It is so moderate that when you see the freakout on the left and then you read the bill, you ask, "Really? This is what you have your panties in a wad over? Seems reasonable to me." It shows a level of intelligence and restraint most Republicans can't exercise in culture war issues, but DeSantis did.
On the other hand, like others, I don't like the "Why not me?" answer. Vivek Ramaswamy announced last night on Tucker Carlson that he is running. I don't know that he will win, but Nikki could take a lesson from him. Tucker asked him a similar question and he listed ideas I can get behind, especially as a former Democrat voter. They are mostly old-school liberal, populist ideas. As an independent, that's what I'm looking for and Nikki Haley, Mike Pompeo, Mike Pence, they are not it.
With South Carolina being such a staunch conservative state, they sure do bring us some real duds. Besides Nikki we have Lindsay Graham. I don't have much confidence in Tim Scott either. There may be others?
She has a snowball's chance in hell of being nominated. Might tick a couple of boxes for VP but Tim Scott would do that better. I've come around to hoping Trump, if nominated, is pragmatic enough to tap DeSantis. This is a unique situation with a former POTUS running for what can only a single term, then DeSantis could be The Man in 2028.
Haley did make the SC DMV more consumer friendly
I feel Nikki is a sister of Ronna R. Mcd.and is seeking power only.The veep she would jump at but with any luck our nominee will see past the ego and choose wisely.(maybe Don Surber).
Don you help me see things more clearly. You don't suffer fools gladly. You make me THINK. You are a genius. Thanks always!
Well, she's better looking than Hilary Clinton and more articulate than Kamala Harris, so she's got that going for her...
Your last guess is probably right. She's just playing the political version of an Instagram Influencer to gather up some money. Tulsi did the same thing.