Monday, July 31, 2017

The Mooch Lasted Ten Whole Days

Just as we thought - the Mooch was sucking up too much press. He had to go. Ass-kissing doesn't guarantee you a job at the Trump House. Sad!

Apparently General Kelly isn't going to put up with the likes of The Mooch.  And The Mooch purportedly answered directly to Trump, and not the Chief of Staff.  Well, maybe that was when Priebus was the Chief of Staff, and Trump didn't really want him in the first place.  I think the GOP kind of foisted him on Trump in the hopes somebody representing the party would have some influence.  They didn't know their man, did they?  Perhaps they - unlike the Democrats - will learn something from this fiasco about who you nominate as your party's candidate.

President Trump on Monday removed Anthony Scaramucci from his position as communications director, the White House announced.


“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said in a statement. “Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team.

Yeah. Sure. We understand.
While Mr. Kelly’s objection was the decisive factor in Mr. Scaramucci’s departure, people close to the decision said that Mr. Trump had quickly soured on the wisecracking, Long Island-bred former hedge fund manager, and so had his family.

Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, and Jared Kushner, her husband, had pushed the president to hire Mr. Scaramucci, seeing him as a way to force out Mr. Priebus, the former national Republican committee chairman, and his allies in the West Wing.
Ivanka and Jared are surely used to "wisecracking", and since Trump is the lead wisecracker, I'm still inclined to think the problem was that The Mooch was getting too much TV time. This was becoming The Mooch Show instead of The Trump Show.
Mr. Trump was initially pleased by Mr. Scaramucci’s harsh remarks, directed at Mr. Priebus and Steve Bannon, the chief White House strategist. But over the weekend, after speaking with his family and Mr. Kelly, the president began to see the brash actions of his subordinate as a political liability and potential embarrassment, according to two people familiar with his thinking.
The first part of that is no doubt right. But the last part, no. Nothing embarrasses The Rump and he's his own political liability. Plain and simple - he didn't like having the cameras being on somebody else.
The president still values Mr. Scaramucci, according to people close Mr. Trump and his family, and is hoping to find another, less high profile, position for him in the White House —
There you go. Less high profile.
— although it is uncertain if Mr. Scaramucci would be willing to accept a demotion.
Oh, he would. He would. He's perhaps the biggest suck-up The Rump could ever find anywhere. The question is not whether he would accept a demotion - it's whether he can keep a low profile.

There've been no tweets from The Mooch since this one yesterday:

I guess @POTUS wasn't looking forward to it himself.
In a Twitter message just before 5:30 on Monday morning, just hours before the announcement about Mr. Scaramucci, Mr. Trump insisted that there has been “No WH chaos!”
I heard that on NPR, but it's not there now. [Correction:  It is indeed there.]  General Kelly must be cracking down already.

But, along with some self-praising tweets, there's this:

Either General Kelly is writing (or at least editing) his twee or he's replaced The Rump with a body double (oh, gee, I'm so sorry that someone might be so cursed)* in the White House.

As regards the General's introduction to his new post...


Reince and Spicer have gone out this afternoon to toss back a few shots and have some schadenfreudic laughs.  They may be late for dinner.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.



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