If any of your Republican friends tell you that Joe Biden ought to be worried sick about Nikki Haley, share this piece with them. Haley aka Birdbrain, as she is known in the dehumanizing parlance of Donald Trump, which is now the GOP norm, is the biggest phony in politics. She truly is. She’s masquerading as some kind of a moderate and she does that by not taking a stand on anything. She’s hoping that vagueness will be enough to swing the bat in her favor.
She was asked a simple yes/no question by a young fellow today and she avoided it and him, like the plague. The guy isn’t old enough to vote, but he’s absolutely old enough to have formed a lasting impression of Nikki Haley and I daresay not for the better.
— Reed Galen (@reedgalen) November 23, 2023
Let’s avoid the orange elephant in the room, shall we? How long is this woman going to be able to do this? It would in fact be highly entertaining if she did get the GOP nomination and Uncle Joe laid waste to her simply by asking her the same question as the 15-year-old kid. And then they could discuss abortion and other issues that Haley avoids taking a stand on as well.
And that’s not the only comedy to come off the Haley campaign trail. Haley got totally pwned by a 9-year-old girl.
Haley has learned one thing from Trump. All the Republicans have. Just put on a show. Just pretend to be somebody. Get the right makeup, shoe lifts, whatever it takes, and prattle about something that sounds MAGA enough to not alienate the hard-core Trumpers, but vague enough to perhaps attract the interest of the Republicans that are still left and still remember the old days when being a conservative actually meant ascribing to a certain set of values.
The key value in the GOP these days is fear. Fear of the orange fascist, to be precise. They’re all simply terrified to stand up to him. Why is that? I imagine that it’s because they don’t want to be paying heavy security bills or be looking over their shoulders for MAGA lunatics who Trump will sic on them if he’s sufficiently riled.
And I also suspect that they don’t want to be the stars of right-wing media putdowns any more than they are. And condemnation from Trump can do that.
But what’s interesting here is that Haley has already been excommunicated from the church of MAGA. Trump did that long ago. He has dubbed her “Birdbrain.” She has already been cast down from MAGA heaven. So why in the world won’t the woman stand up to him?
You want to know what I think? I think Haley might actually launch herself seriously if she said to Trump what she said to Vivek Ramaswamy: “You’re just scum.” That would cause a seismic shock in GOP land. And it might be that a comment like that from anybody other than Chris Christie would get the ball rolling.
But they’re all too terrified. Showing up at the December GOP primary will be Chris Christie and the three monkeys, you remember them: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil. Take the word “evil” and substitute “truth about Trump” and you’ve got the picture.
And that’s the problem. That’s why the GOP is lost. Nobody in the party has any guts — besides Christie.
As much as I would like to see Trump off the ballot for any reason, including if he chokes on a cheeseburger, as Lawrence O’Donnell put it, Haley is not the person for this job. She is totally gutless. She stands for nothing beyond self promotion. That’s her key value.
And that makes her a true Trump disciple. Same with DeSantis and Ramaswamy. That is the pathetic irony of the GOP as it moves into the 2024 election year. There are no more real Republicans, ala John McCain and Mitt Romney. There are only these third string jokers and the reality TV guy with the corset and the combover.