Nikki Haley and Tim Scott aren’t spooked!
Perhaps you heard the huzzahs emanating from Blaska Stately Manor. Nikki Haley is running for President! She will soon be joined by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott. Nikki is the daughter of immigrants from India; Tim descends from enslaved Africans. Favorably, South Carolina is an early GOP primary state. Would be a great ticket except that the Constitution requires the President and veep to come from different states.
Nikki and Tim have the WOW! factor. So does Tr•mp, for that matter. Whereas Ron DeSantis, Mike Pompeo, and Mike Pence do not. Kar-IS-ma! Magic! JFK and Ronald Reagan had it; Nixon did not. Rebecca Kleefisch has it; Tim Michels not. Can win without it — Jim Doyle proved that. But personal magnetism gives extra mileage.
"I don’t put up with bullies. And when you kick back, it hurts them more if you’re wearing heels." — Nikki Haley
Haley and T. Scott ain’t a-feared of no ghosts from campaigns past. Think back to 2016: of the horde of Republican hopefuls, who escaped most of Tr•mp’s mean-spirited brickbats? That’s right: Dr. Ben Carson. Tr•mp did not dare! Nikki and Tim have the same advantages. They share Tr•mp’s willingness to do battle without his vengeful toxicity. Rich Lowry of National Review says the game is over for #45 when his own former press secretary, Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, “didn’t dare mention him by name in her response to the State of the Union.”
If the voters believe the choice is between a rickety Joe Biden and the party of a yowling Marjorie Taylor Greene, they’re going to pick Biden every time.— Rich Lowry, National Review
Speaking of yowlers
Carrying water for Tim Michels, Milwaukee-based blogger Paris Procopis denigrated Becky Kleefisch at every opportunity. Now he’s promoting election-denier Janel Brandtjen for the Waukesha County seat vacated by State Sen. Alberta Darling. Note Mr. P.’s juxtaposition: “Robin Vos, Devin LeMahieu, Adam Kinzinger, and Liz Cheney team up to defeat Janel Brandtjen in a snub to conservatives.”
Janel Brandtjen, currently a state rep., is no Alberta Darling. Janel orbits in the alternate reality with Adam Steen, Mike Gableman, and Timothy Ramthun. Their national counterparts are Paul Gosar, Steve Bannon, and Lauren Boebert. Conspiracy mongering, anti-vaxxing, open carrying, QAnon cultists will doom us yet. Democrats are actually promoting her candidacy in the special Republican primary as the most likely to lose in the general election. That strategy worked in the 2022 mid-terms. Janel isn’t conservative, she’s crazy.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Tr•mp is not invincible and the candidacies of Nikki Haley and Tim Scott show it. The danger of course, is that Sore Loserman once again slides through a crowded field with a mere plurality. The man is enough of a narcissist to run as a third-party candidate if he doesn’t get the nomination. Then we shall see who are the Republicans In Name Only.