If left-leaning CBS actually desires to get beneath Donald Trump’s pores and skin, they might interview Nikki Haley throughout the Super Bowl.
She might fill the opening created by President Biden who declined the community’s invitation for a pre-game softball interview earlier than tens of millions of viewers, an occasion that has turn into type of a presidential custom.
It is the second 12 months in a row that the 81-year-old gaffe-prone president has turned the supply down.
If he have been an NFL participant, Biden would have been placed on the workforce’s PUP listing, which is the designation for a participant deemed bodily unable to carry out.
Or, in Biden’s case, given his newest gaffe in a pointless and rambling 2021 story about speaking with French President Francois Mitterrand, he could be eligible to be on the imagined MUP listing –mentally unable to carry out. Mitterrand died in 1996.
Given Biden’s disastrous press convention Thursday night time over the particular counsel report on his fading reminiscence and the labeled paperwork saved in his storage, it’s no marvel why he’s stored beneath wraps. Another efficiency like that and they’ll throw a web over him.
Speaking in Las Vegas earlier, Biden recounted a narrative he has instructed earlier than, solely this time he confused the late Mitterrand with present French President Emmanuel Macron.
“I sat down and said, ‘America is back,’” Biden recalled. “And Mitterrand from Germany — I mean from France — looked at me and said, ‘Well how long are you back for?’”
Then, at a New York fundraiser, he stated had talked to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl on the similar assembly. But Kohl additionally had been useless, passing in 2017.
A president speaking to useless folks is an issue.
Thursday night time he confused Egypt with Mexico.
It is comprehensible why Biden’s handlers wish to preserve the president away from reporters, even when they’re within the tank just like the three main tv networks — CBS, ABC and NBC.
Biden provides no in-depth interviews, holds few press conferences, and solutions no questions, except they’re shouted at him over the din of the presidential helicopter.
Biden, usually a garrulous politician, has but to deal with the nation over the invasion of the southern border, as an example, not to mention his belated bombing marketing campaign in opposition to Iranian terrorist proxies in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, or the wars in Ukraine or the combating in Gaza.
And it’s not as if Biden would have been requested any critical questions by the CBS interviewing crew. But Biden is just not even as much as the duty of coping with pre-arranged softballs.
Still, trailing Donald Trump within the polls, an interview would have given Biden the chance to seem at an occasion that’s most likely the highest-watched community extravaganza of the 12 months.
It would have given Biden the possibility to go after Trump on the similar time.
Trump, who is aware of one thing about tv, stated, “I would be happy to replace him.”
So wouldn’t Nikki Haley, significantly as she got here off a shock look on NBC’s Saturday Night Live wherein she mocked Trump over his age and psychological competency.
It was a curious efficiency, and it did little to assist her win Republican main voters in her effort to remain related in opposition to Trump who has the GOP presidential nomination locked up. Haley was even embarrassed within the Nevada main.
Trump can also be comfortably forward of Haley in South Carolina the place she served two phrases as governor. That GOP main is Feb. 24.
Still, the anti-Trump executives who run SNL beloved Haley’s assault on Trump.
But any probability that Nikki Haley might someway find yourself as Doanld Trump’s working mate went from slim to none.
Talk about burning bridges.
The one factor you don’t do is mock Donald Trump.
Which is strictly what Haley did.
Hardly had Haley stepped off the stage than Trump named two folks as attainable working mates, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.
Flattery might get you someplace in politics. Mocking Trump will get you nowhere.
Peter Lucas is a veteran Massachusetts political reporter and columnist.