Nikki Haley Has No Chance in 2024: So it appears the GOP of 2012 – that won’t go away and prays for a reboot of the neoconservative nonsense that got Donald Trump elected – just won’t get a clue.
The populist – and now dominant win – of the new Republican party that is most MAGA-centric and does not want the Mitt Romney-style candidates of the past and only wants populists.
People like J.D. Vance are more of the future of the GOP than say, well, Mitt Romney.
So when I hear that Nikki Haley – who can’t make up her mind if she likes or hates Donald Trump and is just a political opportunist – seems poised to announce her candidacy for the GOP 2024 presidential sweepstakes, all I can do is laugh.
She has no chance of winning.
I honestly think she will be the first person to drop out.
Anyone who gives money to her campaign would be better to throw it in their fireplace or shred it.
Simply stated: if she was running in 2008 or 2012, yes, she would have a strong shot.
However, the GOP is the party of Donald Trump and populism.
Nikki Haley does not represent those policy views and looked strange trying to act like Donald Trump at the UN where she served as ambassador. She nearly could have started a nuclear war with North Korea.
I asked about Haley to several GOP heavyweights I know a few weeks back when this idea came out and almost all laughed.
“Nikki Haley, really? You are asking about her? Yes, I know. She basically said she was running. I get it. However, she does not have anywhere near the support in the GOP people think,” explained a former Donald Trump 2020 campaign official.
“Sure, she is photogenic and can read her talking points well. But where is the policy substance? What would be her natural base of support? What does her donor pool look like against Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis? Sure, she can run, but she won’t even make it to Iowa.
And didn’t she say sometime back she won’t run in 2024 if Donald Trump decided to go for it? That won’t play well – and we all know Trump will hit her hard for that change of heart.”
To be fair, I do think Nikki Haley has a place in U.S. politics. Just not in the GOP of 2023.
She is one of many so-called Republicans that don’t have a true political party to call home anymore. The GOP is MAGA now and the same party it was back in 2012.
And Nikki Haley, well, you get my point by now.
Harry J. Kazianis served as a foreign policy adviser to the 2016 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Editor-In-Chief of the Diplomat as well as holding various think tank posts at the Heritage Foundation, CSIS, the Potomac Foundation, and several others. His work and ideas have appeared in Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, Newsweek, and in many other outlets across the political spectrum. You can follow him on Twitter: @Grecianformula.
February 1, 2023 at 7:59 pm
I’ll vote for her