First, a word about common decency and civility. I have written about this before but it bears repeating. Although not an Obama supporter I understood what his victory meant in 2008, I understood that whole hopey changey thing, that folks wanted a new direction, a new skipper at the helm, and I was willing to give this young dynamic articulate guy an honest chance at making a difference. Do I expect the same thing, the same reciprocity from all these whinny gloom and doomers that can’t even wait for him to get into the job first before their attacks, abso-fucking-lutely. Even if comity is not in your nature (how sad for you), can you at least admit that you have no idea how Trump will do?
Probably the biggest impediment to getting a handle on Trump, to gauge a philosophy or glean a political direction is that for his entire adult life he has been all over the map with issues, that, and his boast that he likes being unpredictable. He was a Democrat for most of his life, he has “evolved” on gun rights, abortion, same sex marriage, he is a protectionist and an isolationist, he won’t touch entitlements or social security, he has been a champion of single payer, he displays not even a rudimentary understanding of economics and has not voiced much concern for the debt owed by the nation, he has put way too much emphasis on his own council and instincts in place of policy experts to his own detriment, and his grandiose opinion of his own abilities to persuade other foreign leaders on his own, well that is just laughable.
And those are just his political peccadilloes, I could write an entire post cataloging all his personal character flaws, most notably a penchant to be impulsive and reactionary, meglomaniacal, thin skinned, requiring the adulation of those around him, lacking circumspection, and bombastic to a fault. Yes, Obama has most of these in spades as well, but this is a post about the new guy.
One encouraging sign is that of late he has revealed circumspection,has been more temperate, more subdued, even inclusive sounding in speaking to (and the promise of representing) all Americans. Yes, he still wants to drain the swamp, but even that is open to interpretation, does he want to take the existing apparatus and streamline it, make it more efficient and workable, or does he want to burn everything to the ground and start over. But as of today, nobody knows how he will mold the office, how he will address the folks, how he will interact with Congress, and how he will deal with our allies and adversaries.
Before talking about some of his picks so far, a word of caution to our left leaning readers here. When you say things like ,”His picks so far are all incompetents and nuts”, or link an article that starts off first sentence, “Trump will be a disaster for anyone that cares about human rights”, the conversation is over, period, yippie for you.
Everyone knows the toughest job in the WH is the Chief of Staff. He is the office manger, the ability to either succeed or fail for the president is determined to a large extent by how competent the Chief of Staff is. I think Priebus is a great pick, He has manged the GOP longer than anyone at a time when it’s very longevity or existence was being questioned and Trump’s win came about to a great extent because of Reince and his ability to get out the vote.
Keeping Newt close and involved is also a major coup. Like him or hate him, is there anyone alive today that is more familiar with the levers of government?
Rudy as Sec. of State, John Bolton as Director of National Intelligence, Sheriff Clark as head of Homeland Security, I even read somewhere that Pam Bondi is being considered as AG (Gowdy would be a better pick but he wants to stay in Congress, fine by me).
As stated before, I am not of fan of Bannon. He strikes me as the flip side of John Pedesta, a real snake in the grass. Bannon’s instincts are good even though he practices the politics of destruction. He needs to be kept on a tight leash.
I watched the House GOP news conference this morning, Paul Ryan said all the right things, oh and he is staying on as speaker, more good news. Ryan has a well crafted conservative agenda to put forward, whether this will be Trump’s agenda as well, who knows? One thing we know for sure, Trump will not be giving the car keys to Congress with little oversight on his part, to him and many of his supporters, they are still the establishment, thus still part of the problem.