Nikki Haley Dreams the Impossible Dream: Republicans Will Cut Spending

I mentioned how Nikki Haley seemed to robotically read her teleprompter.

At 5:53 comes a line I only heard at first. I Had to go back and check it on the video because I couldn’t believe she delivered it with a straight face. But she did! the robotic simile didn’t waver as she spewed nonsense all over viewers:

If we held the White House, taxes would be lower for working families, and we’d put the brakes on runaway spending and debt.

Seriously? The Republicans who gave Obama (and their rich supporters) a $1.1 trillion Christmas giftwithout bothering to read the bill–are going to hit the brakes? If these people can’t cut funding for Planned Parenthood, what will they cut?

Early in the interview, I hoped Haley was going to acknowledge problems in the GOP.

At the outset, I’ll say this: you’ve paid attention to what has been happening in Washington, and you’re not naive.

Neither am I. I see what you see. And many of your frustrations are my frustrations.

A frustration with a government that has grown day after day, year after year, yet doesn’t serve us any better. A frustration with the same, endless conversations we hear over and over again. A frustration with promises made and never kept.

We need to be honest with each other, and with ourselves: while Democrats in Washington bear much responsibility for the problems facing America today, they do not bear it alone. There is more than enough blame to go around.

We as Republicans need to own that truth. We need to recognize our contributions to the erosion of the public trust in America’s leadership. We need to accept that we’ve played a role in how and why our government is broken.

And then we need to fix it.

But what we need to fix, apparently, isn’t the Republican love of “big government” and the expanding debt hole that allows it to grow. All that rhetoric appears aimed at Trump supporters, and perhaps Ted Cruz. She uses this segue to lead into a discussion of immigration.