What Nikki Haley and Joe Manchin should do

Nikki Haley is overall respected for her political service.   She did a good job as governor of South Carolina for two terms and as an ambassador for our country. Personally, I can see her as doing a fine job as president of the United States, but it won’t be this time around.

Haley has already lost Iowa, New Hampshire and even her home state of South Carolina. She wasn’t even in the contest when it came to the voting. Outcomes don’t look any more promising for her in the state of Michigan and the following Super Tuesday states.

There are reports that Haley might be a possible contender to run in the presidential election as an independent candidate in November.

Senator Joe Manchin is overall appreciated by many Democrats, and even by some Republicans. There is rumored speculation that Manchin might also run as an independent.

Manchin has done a respectable job in the senate and most likely would be fine as president. The only problem with Manchin is the same problem with Haley. Neither one has a snowball’s chance in July of winning the election for president of the United States. Some Republicans would be accepting of Haley and many would be accepting of Manchin but the majority of Republicans aren’t going to vote for either one. Some Democrats would be OK with Manchin but again, he doesn’t have a chance of winning.

The greatest disaster for the Republican party would be for Haley to run in November and siphon off 10 percent of the Republican voters for her. This would be enough votes to insure a loss for Trump. Or, if she doesn’t run and Manchin runs, he would surely glean about 10 percent of Biden’s votes and insure Biden’s loss.

Manchin and Haley running in November as independents or representing some other party is not a good long-term plan for either of them.  Both parties will view their runs as selfish acts and probably never elect either one of them to anything again.

Haley has every right to keep slugging in Michigan and even on Super Tuesday if she wishes. However, there comes a time to fold and support her party’s chosen candidate, who will be former President Donald Trump.

Manchin needs to run now and go for his party’s support. There’s nothing heroic about bring a spoiler of Biden’s reelection. The same is true for Haley.

Trump would be smart to make Haley his running mate. A solidified ticket would serve the Republicans better.

Regardless if Biden or Trump is elected president, chances are we could be swearing in the vice president as president before the next four years are over. Americans surely will be looking closely at the vice-presidential contender this November.