Women in Politics: Nikki Haley

By Hadassah Solomson

Ambassador Nikki Haley may be one of the most well-liked politicians in the in the United States at a time when divisiveness and partisanship are rampant. She was confirmed by a Senate vote of 96-4, unaffected by such partisan politics. A poll cited by CNN gives Haley a 63% favorability rating, with only 17% of those polled disapproving, and points out that her supporters span party lines. Her approval rating is seemingly impervious to any public perception associated with the administration, steadily positive in spite of the negative sentiments currently reserved for politicians and the press.

Appointed by Trump to serve as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina, became the representative on behalf of the American people on the world stage. After a successful tenure in the South Carolina House of Representatives, Haley was elected as the first female governor of South Carolina and the second Indian American. During her term as governor, Time Magazine named her to their list of the world’s 100 most influential people. Haley presided over the State of South Carolina and led her constituents through events that drew national attention such as removing the Confederate flag from the State House and the shooting in the Charleston Church.

After establishing herself as a rising Republican personality, giving the response to President Obama’s last state of the Union, Haley has retained her party’s favor despite Trump’s intra-party divisiveness. She has maintained a precarious position, supporting President Trump’s agenda while expressing her sometimes contradictory opinions. On the one hand, she is a loyal advocate of the President’s agenda, but on the other, she is capable of criticizing Trump while avoiding his ire. She is far from a Presidential puppet and seemingly above reproach.

At what most professional pundits, politicians, and people, would characterize as the pinnacle of her career, Haley tendered her impending resignation from her post as U.S. Representative to the United Nations, eliciting speculation across the political spectrum as to her future public sector aspirations. Haley claims she has no intention of a pursuing a Presidential bid in the near future. One can only assume that the considerable political acumen that has served her well thus far will continue to do so. Although Haley may be taking a break from the political arena, her strong record and universal favorability will not soon be forgotten. If Haley plays her cards right, she could, potentially, become the first female President of the United States.