There’s a long, long, fascinating portrait of Nikki Haley by Tim Alberta in Politico. It’s getting some press because Haley made some mildly critical comments about Trump, but Allahpundit notes that those comments were made when Liz Cheney denounced Trump and it looked like the dam might break against him. Now Haley is back in defense mode.
The clear picture that emerges is of someone with very few principles, if any. Her defining characteristic is ambition.
That was already my view of her, but the piece confirmed it in spades.
“I agreed to spend about $400,000 on her behalf, and she only had raised $400,000 in her whole campaign,” Sanford recalls. “I didn’t feel good about giving her that much. But my world was shattered at that point. They talked me into it.” (Sanford adds: “And then she cut me off. This is systematic with Nikki: She cuts off people who have contributed to her success. It’s almost like there’s some weird psychological thing where she needs to pretend it’s self-made.”)
There are quotes like that throughout. Interestingly, after denouncing Trump throughout the 2016 primaries, she got the UN ambassador position because a South Carolina politician to whom Trump was indebted wanted Haley out of the way. That may have saved her career.
Set aside a few minutes and read it all.