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Editor’s note: Today’s guest editorial was written by Ann McFeatters of Tribune News Service. Editorial content from other publications and authors is provided to give readers a sampling of regional and national opinion and does not necessarily reflect positions endorsed by the Editorial Board of The Daily News.

One person who is probably more interested in Nikki Haley’s somewhat boring second memoir than most people is Mike Pence.

In U.S. history, Pence will go down as one of the most loyal if not obsequiously sycophantic vice presidents ever. Nancy Reagan’s famously adoring gaze whenever she looked at her husband was almost a smirk compared with the admiration on Pence’s face when he nods in agreement with whatever bombast is coming from Trump’s mouth.

But the human bobblehead apparently may not be selected for a second go-around as Trump gears up his massive reelection machinery.

There has been a quiet but steady drumbeat from the political cognoscenti that Trump wants to shake things up by choosing somebody else to run with him in 2020.

Forget that Pence has never in public uttered a word that could make his boss grumpy. Never shown a scintilla of disrespect. Endures humiliation with grace. The fervent evangelist said nothing even mildly in reproof when Trump was accused of paying off a porn star and Playboy bunny for alleged sex.

In fact, Pence has been a perfect dweeb of a guy in office, never, ever upstaging the president.

But it’s hard to impress Trump for very long (unless you are Vladimir Putin).

And so we come to Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina who said bad things about candidate Trump only to become his first ambassador to the United Nations.

There, for two years, she spoke out against Russian hegemony even as Trump was cozying up to Putin. She threatened North Korea with military force before Trump cozied up to him. She expressed dismay about the autocratic leader of Turkey. She gained a reputation for going her own way, speaking her own mind, paying no heed to protocol. With Trump’s lack of interest in the United Nations, she skated under his radar.

And then she wrote her confounding second book, self-servingly titled “With All Due Respect: Defending America With Grit and Grace,” in which her praise for Trump was unstinting. In which she denounced her former colleagues, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former White House Chief of Staff John Kelley, as disloyal for trying to keep Trump from going with his worst instincts. In which she made clear that she has decided to throw her lot with Trumpism, for now and forever.

If Trump dumps Pence, he might well pick Haley. A woman! A first-generation American! A former governor! Someone who knows her way around foreign policy!

Never mind that Haley just revealed she is weak on scruples. Maybe she thinks they are an Italian pasta. She said on the “Today” show that she believes Trump is a truthful person (13,345 documented lies later). She says that Trump’s use of his office for personal political gain, while generally not advisable, did not strike her as impeachable because the whistleblower’s report led to the aid being released. So bad intent doesn’t count. The deaths to Ukrainian soldiers by Russian invaders because Trump held up aid to our ally for three months don’t count.

Haley has a history of changing her mind. She supported flying the Confederate flag over her state’s capitol building before she decided it would be better politics to sign a bill ordering it taken down.

Even if Trump decides to keep the loyal Pence around as he seeks a second term, Haley’s groveling book and fervent declaration of fealty to Trump whatever he does will assure that she can use Trump’s base to mount her own run for the White House in 2024. Meanwhile, she’s going to make money. After the U.N., she joined the board of Boeing (yes, the maker of the killer 737 Max).

A woman! A first-generation American! A former governor! Only 47! A bona fided Trumper!

We wondered what would happen to the Republican Party after Trump. Now we know. Haley will do her best, or worst, to carry his mantle.

If she can manage it, Mike Pence will not be in the picture.

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