By all indications, I would guess that Nikki Haley is ready to run for president in 2024. She has come out this past week and said that “We were wrong to follow Donald Trump”. Wow! When you think that a UN Ambassador under Trump would say that, it’s rather stunning. But she had to distance herself from him in the event that he actually would decide to run in 2024, and I’m doubting that’s going to happen at this point. And it doesn’t have anything to do with impeachment.
I can see the field for the GOP nomination forming already. At the front of the field will be Haley, a former UN Ambassador and Governor of South Carolina. She’s smart, she’s young, she’s a woman (which will negate a Kamala Harris run right there), and she’s a rock-ribbed conservative. She won’t be alone though. Look for former VP, Mike Pence to throw his hat into the ring as well. Pence is also very conservative, a Washington pro, a former Governor of Indiana, and someone that distanced himself from Trump over the Capitol building takeover, so that wouldn’t be a problem up the road.
I think a third possibility is a throwback to 2016. Ted Cruz, the Senator from Texas has been more vocal than usual lately. Though I don’t think the beard does much for him, he is a conservative, and took Trump to the finish line five years ago in Trump’s victory for the nomination. He could very well be the nominee.
And then you’ve got the outliers. These are folks you hear from but somehow I don’t think will actually pull the trigger and run. They include: Ivanka Trump. I doubt she’ll want the job after seeing the crap that she saw her father go through. Another long shot will be Ron DeSantis, the Governor of Florida. He is used to running in tight races, has great experience, is conservative, and could go for it. Finally, I think they are kidding when they mention Tucker Carlson, but the 51 year old certainly could make a decent showing. He’s already got a built in audience for his prime time TV show. I think he’s probably the second longest shot on this list. I didn’t realize that until this past year he was a registered Democrat, but seeing his resume, it doesn’t surprise me. He has joined the Republican party in 2020.
The least likely candidate in 2024? Donald Trump. He’ll be 78 years old then, and frankly having watched his career over the past 20 years or so, he gets bored with things and wants something new all the time. I can’t see him wanting to go back into that seething caldron again. Certainly not facing impeachment at least two more times…but then again, his ego may want him to be able to nominate three more Supreme Court Justices, who knows?
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!