Thursday, February 16, 2023

Self-Absorbed Nikki

Some politicians are impressed with themselves. Some are very impressed with themselves. And then there is Nikki Haley.

Most obviously, in her announcement speech, Haley boasted

I've been underestimated before. That's always fun! And I've been shaking up the status quo my entire life.

As I set out on this new journey, I will simply say this.... May be best woman win. All kidding aside, this is not about identity politics. I don't believe in that. And I don't believe in glass ceilings, either.

Does Nikki Haley believe a glass ceiling never existed? Or did it once, and no longer does? Or does she think it still exists but she will burst through it?  

As someone who brags "I've been underestimated before," Haley probably believes the glass ceiling will be no obstacle for her.  The self-esteem resembles braggadocio bursting through any ceiling.

Haley does not believe in identity politics, she assures us. However, the "brown girl growing up in a black-and-white world" made sure to point out

I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants.

My parents left India in search of a better life. They found it in Bamberg, South Carolina- population, 2,500. Our little town came to love us, but it wasn't always easy. We were the only Indian family. Nobody knew who we were, what we were, or why were there. But my parents knew.

This is by way of telling tell the Republican base that she doesn't believe in identity politics- a thing which no one claims to believe in- and then proceeding to use the race/ethnic card with the "may the best woman win" gender card. It's her own twist of the politician's ploy of elevating himself with "my parents were great; they were poor and I beat the odds!" (To hear them, no politician on the national stage, highly successful and usually wealthy, ever came from a financially secure background.)

Later in the day, Haley appeared on Fox News and Sean Hannity asked the former South Carolina governor and U.N. ambassador whether she disagrees with Donald Trump about anything. Before spending one minute and 35 seconds (from :20 to 1:55 of the video) not answering the question, she claims "the thought of me getting in the race makes the liberals' heads explode because it shows we're doing something right."

Of course, the worst thing about Nikki Haley is wanting to undermine Social Security and Medicare, force childbirth upon women, wanting to gut the public school system, and believing socialism is running rampant in the USA  Her extremist views may be the only thing authentic about an individual who would be a serious threat for a presidential nomination if voters were as interested in her as she is in herself.

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