Alberta’s expansive piece – which contained all-over-the-map quotes from several months-old interviews with Haley – portrayed the presumed 2024 presidential contender as a habitual vacillator seeking to simultaneously embrace and reject her association with Donald Trump.
Trying to have it both ways, in other words …
Haley countered – adeptly – that she wasn’t being opportunistic but rather using common sense in praising Trump for the things he did well and criticizing him for the things he did poorly.
Which … makes sense.
Of course while Haley is conflicted – or to hear her tell it, “selective” – in assessing Trump, it appears as though the 45th president is not at all confused about his views on Haley.
The tête-à-tête was a no-go from the get-go, though …
Trump “turned her down,” a source told the news outlet – adding that the former president hasn’t spoken to Haley since her remarks assailing him for his alleged role in the inciting of a bloody riot at the U.S. capitol on January 6, 2021.
As the Politico article made clear, Haley had anticipated (hoped?) Trump would not be a factor in the 2024 Republican presidential election – however his acquittal earlier this month by the U.S. Senate means he is eligible to seek the presidency again should he choose to do so.
More importantly, a majority of Republican voters still overwhelmingly support Trump – something Haley is currently learning the hard way.
Can she recover from the fallout? Yes …
Haley continues to be backed by to the hilt by our nation’s warmongering neoconservatives and the deep-pocketed pro-Israeli lobby – two institutional forces which will keep her credible despite these recent unforced errors.
Haley hasn’t shown it in recent weeks, but she has become an incredibly skilled politician – and those looking to count her out do so at their own peril.
However, as Folks noted in a column earlier this week Haley must identify a “north star” beyond her own aspiration for political advancement – and apply her skills in pursuit of that larger objective.
“The present trajectory of her national ascendancy seems to define the ceiling for political careers guided solely by a desire for upward mobility,” he wrote. “Eventually, there has to be something else fueling the rise.”
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