Nicolle Wallace is my favorite ex-Republican, more than even Joe Scarborough and Michael Steele. She’s obviously a lot easier on the eyes than Scarborough.
Wallace nicely commands a 2-hour, mid-afternoon slot on MSNBC’s Deadline: White House. Her questions are sincere, both intellectually and emotionally and she is clearly someone who’s been let down by a party that genuflects at the feet of a self-anointed autocrat.
Ms. Wallace, however, is not perfect and because I am just a fan and not a crazed cult devotee, I can acknowledge and accept those imperfections.
Deadline: White House brings full circle Wallace’s sojourn from the Bush (43) White House as a Republican operative to her current position as a news anchor without a party, which may have been her real path all along.
One of Wallace’s first jobs after earning a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University was as an on-air reporter in California.
Wallace became Governor Jeb Bush’s press secretary in 1999 and then was appointed communications director for the Florida State Technology Office.
She played some part in the 2000 presidential election recount in Florida, but I have no idea how significant a part that was.
Governor Bush oversaw a purge of between 20,000 and 100,000 voters from Florida’s rolls leading up to the 2000 election and, at the time the Supreme Court stopped the recount, his brother George was only ahead of Al Gore by 500 votes.
Gore graciously and patriotically conceded, but was later shown to have been the actual winner in Florida.
In 2001 Wallace was appointed as special assistant to President GW Bush, a very nice man who was very unqualified for the job. Wallace (then Devenish) was one of dozens who went from participation in the Florida recount to the Bush White House.
In 2003 Wallace became communications director for Bush’s 2004 campaign and then communications director for Bush’s second term, a position in which she served for only 6 months before relocating to New York with her new husband, Mark.
Wallace really came to prominence as senior advisor to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, being both the face of the campaign and architect of a non-aggressive strategy.
Between 2010 and 2015 Ms. Wallace published three novels starring a female president and one can’t help wondering if her work with Sarah Palin during the campaign is what sparked the idea.
Was Nicolle fantasizing about a President Palin in our future?
Later, Wallace was on ABC’s The View for a minute, then on to NBC and MSNBC as a political analyst and her current home on Deadline: White House, which is a great fit, even if it’s only another point along the way.
Whatever happened back there at the turn of the century could just be a case of Republicans latching onto a rising star, at least that’s how I see it.
Donnie Trump though, was a bridge too far for Ms. Wallace and she spoke out against him and his growing legion of sychophants and renounced her party affiliation.
In March of 2021, Wallace described herself as a self-loathing former Republican.
Today’s Republicans however, are no different than Republicans of the 1970’s, they’re just out of the closet now. Republicans have always used the Constitution as they use the Bible, not as a platform on which to lift up people, but as a bludgeon, to crush them.
Ever since FDR’s New Deal (1933-1939), rich people have pushed back against anything that threatened their wealth or helped those less fortunate than themselves. As the rich got richer and politicians became cheaper, big money became increasingly more able to protect and grow their interests at the expense of all others.
Maybe that’s a harsh assessment, but in any case, we welcome Nicolle to the fold with open arms.
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