Nikki Haley's Light Bulb Finally Comes On — Sorta: 'It Is Very Possible' That the GOP Is Trump's Party

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So do you ever get the feeling that you’re the only one in a roomful of people who “gets it”? I imagine former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, whose flagging presidential campaign has virtually zero chance of succeeding, feels like that every day of the week.

Notice that I didn’t suggest you were right— just that you thought you were, which brings us back to Haley.

During a Tuesday interview with CNN host Dana Bash, as Michiganders were voting in the state’s primary — which became another blowout win for Donald Trump — Bash asked Haley if she thought it was possible that a majority of Republican voters had moved away from the policies and positions she supports, and toward those of Trump.

Isn’t it possible the party has moved, and the party is about Donald Trump and not what you’re describing, which might be the party of yesterday?

Surprisingly, Haley was candid in her answer: “It is very possible.” But she then pivoted.

What I am saying to my Republican Party family is, we are in a ship with a hole in it, and we can either go down with the ship and watch the country go socialist left, or we can see that we need to take the life raft and move in a new direction.

Nevertheless, Haley told Bash she’s remaining in the race and plans to travel to more than half a dozen states over the next week, where she will hold fundraisers and rallies as part of her commitment to staying in the contest — against all odds. Now I’m not sure which states she plans to visit next week, but I do know that she remains in a state of denial.

We’ve only seen a handful of states vote. I’ve said this before as much as the media wants to jump ahead, we’re taking this one state, one day at a time.

One state at a time, yes. Also, one state at a time with the same results.

As she has repeatedly done throughout her campaign, Haley highlighted polls that have found a majority of voters want a Republican candidate other than Trump (and, to be “fair and balanced,” a Democrat other than Biden.)

In a Wall Street Journal interview published earlier on Tuesday, Haley said” “I’m doing what I believe 70 percent of Americans want me to do.” 

That’s a bit of a stretch, Nikki. 

While 70 percent of voters might want a Republican candidate different than Donald Trump, or a Democrat candidate different than Joe Biden, 70 percent of voters didn’t say they want that candidate to be you.

Following Trump’s double-digit win in Michigan, Haley’s camp attempted to play the outcome as bad news for the former president. Spokesperson Olivia Perez-Cubas said in a statement:

Let this serve as another warning sign that what has happened in Michigan will continue to play out across the country. So long as Donald Trump is at the top of the ticket, Republicans will keep losing to the socialist left. Our children deserve better.

Wait— stop the tape. 

So did Ms. Perez-Cubas mean to imply that Haley would win a substantial percentage of the socialist-left vote? I jest (barely), but that statement didn’t exactly come across as music to the ears of conservatives across this very divided country.

The Bottom Line

Unlike Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who wisely read the tea leaves in late January and properly suspended his campaign — perhaps with the hope of running in 2028 — Nikki Haley continues to stubbornly go down with her sinking ship, thus throwing away whatever future she might have wanted in national politics.

That’s Haley’s business, of course, but when you’re the only one in the room… yeah, that.


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