The Adults in the Room

Republican presidential candidate and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks during a campaign stop at the Fireside Grille in Altoona, Iowa, on December 17, 2023. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A new and consequential year in politics begins as we all hoped, with both sides chattering inanely about slavery.

The chatter isn’t symmetrical. On the left, the debate consists of Very Online progressives with social-media brain damage insisting that the authors of the 13th Amendment were actually trying to legalize slavery and sane liberals replying, “What?

Whereas on the right, the second-highest polling candidate in the Republican presidential primary couldn’t bring herself to utter the S-word when asked recently about the causes of the Civil War. When a politician as smart and savvy as Nikki Haley misses a layup as easy as that, it isn’t an accident.

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