Haley’s clever positioning for 2024
The Washington Post
Nikki Haley “is one of the shrewdest operators in the Republican Party,” said Paul Waldman. The former South Carolina governor is one of the very few aides who managed to serve in the Trump administration—as ambassador to the United Nations—“while neither destroying her own reputation nor incurring Trump’s vindictive wrath.” Now Haley has come out with a memoir in which she carefully calibrates her stance on Trump, mixing in proof of her loyalty while portraying herself as “an independent voice unafraid to make her disagreements known.” She doesn’t think, for example, that it was “good practice” for Trump to ask Ukraine to investigate his political rival, but says it’s not impeachable. She expresses “outrage” that then–Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Chief of Staff John Kelly asked her to join them in resisting Trump’s more harebrained impulses, in order “to save the country.” By conspiring against an elected president, Haley says, Tillerson and Kelly were “undermining the Constitution.” With this book, Haley “puts herself right at the sweet spot for a Republican politician with national ambitions”—capable of winning over both Trump’s base and his many critics. It already looks like she’s running for president in 2024.