Lion of the Blogosphere

Reince Priebus, Chief of Staff

Donald Trump, who is the CEO of his own very large business, knows how to hire people.

Reince Priebus is being rewarded for his loyalty, and because Trump needs someone who can work with Congress. As much as we all value Stephen Bannon, is he really the person to act as a liason with Congress?

Hopefully, with Bannon as Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor, Trump will continue to rely on the same advisers as he did when he was campaigning.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 13, 2016 at 4:47 pm

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  1. No one can spell his name though. Not even Lion.


    November 13, 2016 at 4:52 pm

  2. Priebus has talent. He’s overseen the rise of the GOP over the last number of years to record numbers of governorships, state legislators, senators and house members. But he’s personally weak minded, a puppy who follows his master. Trump turned him during the campaign and now Priebus follows Trump around like a puppy and will do what he wants.

    Hopefully this means the rumors of moving Lewandowski into head of the RNC are true.

    Andrew E.

    November 13, 2016 at 5:03 pm

  3. Gotta love the Bannon appointment. A guy who is pretty much an alt-right shitlord will be the Chief Strategist to the President of the United States! The media will try to get Trump to dump him, but I think he will hang tough.

    I don’t remember when I have last had so much fun as in these days since the election.


    November 13, 2016 at 5:09 pm

  4. Roger Stone seems to no like the fact the Priebus is COS or at least he says the base won’t like it.

    A lot of people are scared he is going to pick Bolton as Sec of State.


    November 13, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    • I’m opposed to Bolton because he has weird facial hair.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 13, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      • Everybody in Trump’s administration should have weird facial hair.


        November 13, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    • An aide to Bolton is going to be Trump’s choice as UN ambassador. If Bolton is not Secretary of State he will likely get a top role as a security analyst. Giuliani will be Attorney General. Christie, unfortunately will get nothing because of Bridgegate. Sessions will probably be Secretary of Defense.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      November 13, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      • There’s a good chance that Gingrich will be Secretary of State. I’m ambivalent about it – Gingrich is more than smart enough for the job, but he’s an absolutely terrible manager. I also have never really forgiven him for taking over $1 million from Freddie Mac in “consulting” fees. As Trump said, Hillary turned State into her own private hedge fund, and I would be disappointed to see that happen again, only with red painting.

        If Gingrich is selected, I hope there will be strong directors who will make Gingrich an oracle-type figure, who will follow his general direction while filtering out his bad ideas and keep a strong hand on management.


        November 13, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      • There’s a good chance that Gingrich will be Secretary of State.

        Gingrich is a bad choice for anything except serving as a partisan attack dog and/or sit on a presidential policy group where he can spout off on whatever idea pops into his head.

        If Gingrich is selected, I hope there will be strong directors who will make Gingrich an oracle-type figure, who will follow his general direction while filtering out his bad ideas and keep a strong hand on management.

        He’s too old and egotistical to be reined in if he becomes SoS. Fortunately I doubt he will Trump’s choice.

        Bolton is a shallow neocon fool.

        Bolton isn’t a neocon and there are no alt-rightists on Trump’s shortlist for Secretary of State.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        November 14, 2016 at 12:55 am

    • Bolton is a shallow neocon fool.

      The neocons had their president (whom we grudingly supported) and failed miserably. Alt. Right’s turn now with or without their support.


      November 13, 2016 at 9:25 pm

  5. Inasmuch as the Chief of Staff acts as a gatekeeper, Preibus will be subjecting Trump to visits from his donor cronies rather than smart people.

    Main problem is that Trumpism has a really thin bench. Hillary and Bernie could essentially employ complete shadow governments while their party has a working government in power.

    People who support Trump actually make stuff; they rarely go into law, politics or journalism.


    November 13, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    • That is a problem. Preibus, for all of his organization skills and easily transferable loyalties, will no doubt resort to default GOP thinking and prioritize donors over voters. I think he could be a good chief of staff but only if someone else is watching him who has Don’s ear.

      As for the shallow Trump bench, it basically consists of one person, Jeff Sessions. There really isn’t anyone else in power or in office who is of like mind on immigration and trade. Those people will have to be cultivated and watched.

      Mike Street Station

      November 13, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      • Sen. David Vitter from Louisiana has been good on immigration, but he’s retiring from the Senate in a couple of months. It’s not even certain at this point that a Republican will win his vacated Senate seat. And even if the winner is a Republican, there’s no guarantee that he would be an immigration skeptic. I think it’s a bad idea to take Jeff Sessions out of the Senate. To achieve any lasting gains, immigration skeptic forces need a strong voice in Congress. If Trump handles immigration by executive order as Obama has done, the next Democrat or corporate stooge Republican could open up the floodgates with the stroke of a pen.


        November 13, 2016 at 11:03 pm

  6. It’s what I expected and I think it’s the right move. For now we still need to work with the GOPe and I can’t think of a better conduit to them than Priebus.

    Here is what I want from Trump to begin with:
    1. Start on construction of the wall
    2. Ending DACA
    3. Defunding sanctuary cities
    4. Deporting criminal aliens
    5. Mandatory E-verify
    6. Cutting off illegals welfare
    7. Bush 2nd term levels of interior removals
    8. Ending refugee resettlement

    All these things can be done by Trump acting alone except for mandatory E-verify, and that is a cinch to get through Congress.

    Eventually we got to take on H1Bs and legal immigration but we’ll get to that later. Neither of those are first 100 days things.

    Otis the Sweaty

    November 13, 2016 at 5:22 pm

  7. Or pronounce it. What is it? Rents Preebus? or long I Rints?


    November 13, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    • Ah, glad I caught you. So what was the problem with that Americanthinker article about absentee ballots? Your reply was posted so far back in the threads that I’ll never find it. And please don’t call me “moron” or “dummy” or anything like that while explaining.


      November 13, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      • The AThinker article was just wrong. The absentee ballots will be counted and they will put Crooked Hil even further ahead. She will win by a minimum of 1.2% and maybe as much as 2%.

        Otis the Sweaty

        November 13, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      • I believe she won the popular vote. It’s all about California. We all know that minorities vote Democratic, and with California now being only 38% non-Hispanic white, it only makes sense that there would be a massive preference for the Democratic candidate. In the rest of the country, Trump won several big swing states by much smaller margins.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        November 13, 2016 at 11:01 pm

      • It was based on a monstrous, evil horrible disgusting revolting lie, a lie so big that I can scarcely repeat it, even to refute it*: that absentee ballots aren’t counted unless they make a difference in the outcome.

        They are.

        Author also said that absentee ballots always skew Repub – that may be true, but I’m not so sure this is true in CA.

        *the above is an attempt at humor.


        The appointment of Priebus is very clever. Not only does he have another Pence-type yes man doing his bidding, he’s removed the head of the RNC. He gets to pick who that is. Who will that be?


        If you are reading this, I’m worried about Obama. I think Obama is fine with Hillary losing, despite his glum acting job. Because now he’s the head of the Democratic party. Of course, he’s pretty inept, hemorrhaging support like a leaky boat, but he’s still the head, and they can’t get rid of him because he’s black. But the Dems do have this demographic advantage that keeps growing. They’re like kudzu.


        November 13, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      • Obama has 0 interest in doing the grunt work of rebuilding the party and too many in the party want new blood.

        There is real tension in the party now about whether or not the party should be pro Wall Street. The Bernie/Warren wing could conceivably return the party to it’s pre Clinton economics but with a new emphasis on open borders and BLM.

        The strange thing is, I had just assumed that the Hillary/Obama/Crony-Capitalist wing would always control the party, it never occurred to me that the Dems own populists would ever potentially gain control. Kamala Harris could very well be the Bernie wing’s ticket to breaking the Dem establishments black firewall.

        Ironically, the only result of the Democrats trying to win back working class whites is going to be alienating SWPL whites.

        Otis the Sweaty

        November 13, 2016 at 11:23 pm

      • Obama is the Lightworker, they’d never kick him out.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        November 13, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      • “There is real tension in the party now about whether or not the party should be pro Wall Street. The Bernie/Warren wing could conceivably return the party to it’s pre Clinton economics but with a new emphasis on open borders and BLM.”

        Right. What you call pre-Clinton economics (which was swiped by The Donald) IS Democratic Party economics. That was supposedly destroyed by Reagan and the free traders.

        Really, a lot of this was created by Reagan. He was as close to a libertarian as you can get.

        David Stockman and Peter Thiel are repentant libertarians. There’s a huge swathe of economists who are anti-free trade – and they are not cultural leftists. What world am I living in?

        One thing that I think the smarter alt-righters got wrong is that Trump didn’t destroy the Republican Party. Some of them *were* saying that. I don’t think so. I think he’s kicked the crap out of it and reformed it, but he hasn’t destroyed it.

        He’s destroyed the Democratic party. Yes. I don’t think that’s an exaggeration.

        They are going crazy. BLM v. Warren/Sanders v. SWJs….it’s civil war in the Dem Party. And some of them have gone full on batshit:


        November 14, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    • RYEnz


      November 13, 2016 at 8:29 pm

  8. From DailyKos: “You’re right. It was made clear to my Catholic grandparents during WWII that when Hitler finished with the Jews he was next going after the Catholics and who knows after that? Once this ball starts to roll the effects are much worse than anybody thought.”

    Uh, no. Hitler was Catholic you moron.

    A huge chunk of liberals are not very intelligent. They are incapable of thinking beyond buzzwords. Hitler, Koch bros, corporations, racist, nazi, Christian white male, brown people, etc.

    Otis the Sweaty

    November 13, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    • “Hitler was reluctant to make public attacks on the Church for political reasons,[21] but generally permitted or encouraged his inner-circle of anti-church radicals such as Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels and Martin Bormann to perpetrate the Nazi persecutions of the churches.[22] His remarks to confidants, as described in the Goebbels Diaries, the memoirs of Albert Speer,[23] and transcripts of Hitler’s private conversations recorded by Martin Bormann in Hitler’s Table Talk, indicate anti-Christian beliefs. Goebbels wrote in 1941 that Hitler “hates Christianity”.[24] Alan Bullock considered that Hitler’s central objection to Christianity, was that its teaching was “a rebellion against the natural law of selection by struggle and the survival of the fittest”. Bullock considered Hitler to be a rationalist and a materialist who did not believe in God, but who frequently employed the language of “divine providence” in defence of his own myth.

      Hitler instigated a policy of murdering or suppressing the ethnic Polish elites: including religious leaders. He proclaimed: “Poles may have only one master – a German. Two masters cannot exist side by side, and this is why all members of the Polish intelligentsia must be killed.”[181] Between 1939 and 1945, an estimated 3,000 members (18%) of the Polish clergy, were murdered; of these, 1,992 died in concentration camps.

      Lion of the Turambar

      November 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    • Hitler was not Catholic as an adult and if he had won he would destroyed most of Catholic Poland. To the extent he praised Christianity in public during, for example, Christmas, he did so only for propaganda purposes. Even then most Germans could see he was just going through a scripted routine.

      On the other hand, when he was in power he seemed indifferent to reviving Norse mythology as a replacement for Christianity, an objective Rosenberg and others sought.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      November 13, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    • In support of Otis here, I quote from Alan Bullock’s HITLER AND STALIN, p. 381: “Hitler had been brought up as a Catholic and was impressed by the organization and power of the Church, claiming to have learned much from its skill in dealing with human nature. He had no use for the Protestant clergy: ‘They are insignificant little people, submissive as dogs, and they sweat with embarrassment when you talk to them. They have neither a religion they can take seriously nor a great position to defend like Rome.’ It was the ‘great position’ of the Church that Hitler respected, the fact that it had lasted for centuries.”


      November 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      • Hitler respected the Catholic power structure because he liked power. He didn’t have any loyalties towards the Catholic Church and he saw them as a rival to his political and cultural regime. Most other Fascist regimes relied on Catholic support, but the Nazi regime was rather distant from that.

        Hitler also didn’t take Norse mythology seriously. He may have loved the legendary imagery associated with it, but he scoffed at people who proposed worshipping Donner or Wotan.

        Personally, I don’t think Hitler had rigorous, systematic religious views. He may have believed in a 19th century style kind of Hegelian idealism, in which the world spirit realizes itself in human history (what’s funny is that the phrase “the right side of history” is a remnant of that mindset), but he could just as easily have been a Darwinian materialist. I personally think he switched between the two in an ill-defined way throughout his adult life.

        Hitler was intelligent and very politically cunning, but he was also a very erratic and irrational thinker. He also became increasingly insane and heartless as the war wore on, so what Hitler believed in 1944 was significantly different from what he may have believed in 1934.


        November 13, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      • thats hardly supportive of Otis’s nonsense.

        He was impressed by the Catholic church being the oldest and largest institution on earth; and the HRE, which was the 1st reich was Catholic.

        Clearly Hitler did have a systematic pattern of murdering priests, so yeah, he was “coming for the catholics”.

        Lion of the Turambar

        November 14, 2016 at 9:03 am

    • He had no use for the Protestant clergy: ‘They are insignificant little people, submissive as dogs, and they sweat with embarrassment when you talk to them. They have neither a religion they can take seriously nor a great position to defend like Rome.’

      Moldbug has argued similarly.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      November 13, 2016 at 9:06 pm

  9. The Chief of Staff is described on wiki as the gatekeeper to the president and the power behind the throne. Reince doesn’t care about immigration. He’s out there calling for calm with the protesters like they are a real thing. This feels like a loss. I wanted a fighter.


    November 13, 2016 at 5:34 pm

  10. Isn’t he too dorky to be Chief of Staff?


    November 13, 2016 at 5:35 pm

  11. It’s a move to link himself with the mainstream GOP, I think.

    Which, honestly, doesn’t bother me that much. He’s been elected to restrict immigration, he needs people who know how to run things. Bannon will be around to help him message. The question is going to be how much alt-right and how much mainstream GOP will be in this administration. Right now it’s looking like mainstream GOP with a New York flavor. Whatever happens I think the pizza in the White House cafeteria is going to get a lot better. 😉


    November 13, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    • A Chief of Staff is supposed to keep the White House bureaucracy running smoothly and act as the President’s main liaison to Congressional leaders. Bannon is too much of a bomb thrower to negotiate directly with McConnell and do paper work. Priebus on the other hand will fit that role nicely. I like keeping Bannon as a strategic advisor, but make a poor bureaucrat.

      The question is going to be how much alt-right and how much mainstream GOP will be in this administration.

      No one on Trump’s shortlist is associated with the alt-right except Bannon who said a few months ago that he made Breitbart a platform for the alt-right. But I think at the time he equated “alt-right” with Republican Tea Party populism, not white nationalism specifically.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      November 13, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      • “But I think at the time he equated “alt-right” with Republican Tea Party populism, not white nationalism specifically.”

        Bingo. The term has evolved.


        November 14, 2016 at 1:28 am

      • I’ve listened to Bannon on the radio for a couple of years. He’s a populist and a nationalist who pretty much set the Trump agenda along with Sessions. He despises political correctness, left-wing academics, the media elites, the Hollywood left, immigration activists, black radicals, Muslim apologists, the Republican establishment and corporate globalists.

        He has great sympathy for the working class, ordinary religious people and those who’ve been hurt by unbridled immigration and globalization. He backs the nationalist parties in Europe and seems to support a realist foreign policy.

        Lewis Medlock

        November 14, 2016 at 1:35 pm

  12. NYTimes’ Maggie Haberman says Jared Kushner will have veto power over both of them. Most powerful Jew in the world?


    November 13, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    • In addition to Kushner, Larry Kudlow, Stephen Miller, and Jason Miller will be top advisors. Carl Icahn and Sheldon Adelson were informal boosters during the campaign and will be free to give him occasional advice.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      November 13, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      • TRUMP sure keeps a lot of Jews around. Strange, since I was told he is literally a Nazi.

        Two in the Bush

        November 13, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      • Strange, since I was told he is literally a Nazi.

        The Nazis (or the meager internet residue that’s left of them) still think he is. They and the Left are both in for a surprise.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        November 13, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    • He is also one of the key players in Manhattan real estate.


      November 13, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      • Trump’s speaking style/sense of humor has a prole/Yiddish quality.


        November 13, 2016 at 9:29 pm

  13. Overall it’s a good move. Trump needs a Chief of Staff who has both political experience and connections. Reince has both and has proved his loyalty. I don’t think he will try to screw Trump either. He could do a lot worse than hitch his wagon to the brightest star on Earth who happens to be worth 10 billion bucks. If he stays committed he will win in the long run no matter what.

    Stephen Bannon is essentially the Minister of Propaganda. We all know that he will kick ass. I will delight in watching Bannon f#$% with the media. If I were him I wouldn’t let any CNN or National Review scum into the White House Press room. Kushner should focus on bridge building and fundraising. He is going to need the experience when Ivanka runs for Prez in 2024.


    November 13, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    • What exactly are Ivanka’s qualifications to be president?

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 13, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      • She has the same qualifications as Eleanor of Acquitaine and Queen Victoria. She is the direct descendant of our beloved Warrior King.


        November 13, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      • Being 35 years old and a natural-born citizen?


        November 13, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      • She’s runs the Trump Org with her dad and is the owner a multi-million $$$ company, if that’s anything.


        November 13, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    • Ivanka is very bad news. The love the Alt Right has for Ivanka is ridiculous.

      Ivanka is a spoiled, arrogant, liberal, feminist, globalist, rootless cosmopolitan. Ivanka is best friends with Chelsea Clinton and almost certainly share all of Chelsea’s politics. We don’t want her as President.

      Assuming Trump’s 8 years are a success, here are the people who would be good potential successors: Kris Kobach, David Brat, Steve Bannon or Scott Brown. Trumpism has a very thin bench.

      Otis the Sweaty

      November 13, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      • ~100% of young White Women who live in NYC are liberal? There are no successful conservative women, except for 40+ hags….


        November 13, 2016 at 11:42 pm

      • Surely there’s a 1% that’s non-liberal?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        November 13, 2016 at 11:52 pm

      • The anti-Trumpsters don’t seem to be all that black like BLM or even OWS . I’m thinking it’s more of the Bernie Sanders’ crowd, who really needs this:

        A basic income will be a death knell to our DC Politicos and Crony Capitalism.

        Trump’s plan of bring back jobs to proles that were outsourced to China will be a SNAFU.


        November 14, 2016 at 12:33 am

      • You are all going off message here!


        November 14, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      • Trumpism has a very thin bench.

        That’s a YUGE problem right NOW let alone for the future.

        Trump needs to go after as many capable 30-40+ year olds now and get them into the system.

        The last thing he needs is an administration filled with Newt, Rudy etc oldsters.

        Trey Gowdy/Kris Kobach as AG etc. Load up the Trump train with a new generation.

        And beware of the snakes who want to cooperate out of fear of your new power.


        November 14, 2016 at 4:15 pm

  14. I trust the god-Emperor of America. We don’t know what sort of pressure Priebus was under or what constrains President Trump faces. Priebus never stabbed Trump in the back like Ryan. If this is what Trump wants, I can’t think of a good reason to be upset. Gold bless our glorious new president.

    Economic Sophisms

    November 13, 2016 at 7:40 pm

  15. I think it’s a good move as well. I don’t think Trump is going “native”. Bannon is still there and is going to have an active role. He is going to make sure that Trump is going to backtrack on trade or immigration.
    The most important guy involved right now is Stephen Miller. He is the brains behind Trumps anti-globalism. He is anti-free trade, anti-immigration and anti-invade the world. And he is Trump’s Chief Policy Adviser. I’m very excited!


    November 13, 2016 at 8:40 pm

  16. I’m also VERY excited that Peter Thiel has such a prominent role. I loved his criticism of the free trade orthodoxy two weeks ago at National Press Club. Things really are changing. Also, Peter Navarro, who is a China critic, has Trump’s ear.

    Lion – what are your thoughts on Gingrich? My view is that for every 3 bad ideas, Newt has 1 brilliant idea. Interesting to see what happens.


    November 13, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    • Gingrich enjoys floating ideas just to see if they have any wings. That, however, doesn’t work well in politics.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 13, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    • Gingrich is good to have around for policy brainstorming if only because he will make his other advisors think. But it’s not a good idea to give him responsibility beyond floating ideas.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      November 13, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    • I hope President Trump subsidizes the completion of Thiel’s island.


      November 13, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    • Gingrich is far too abrasive away from cameras. Trump himself is abrasive enough for the whole regime, no need to add another one.


      November 13, 2016 at 10:18 pm

  17. I think that Reince Priebus as Chief-of-Staff and Steve Bannon as Chief of Staff is a fair balance between the GOPe and the alt-right. I don’t have any objections.

    I know a lot of people don’t care for Priebus, but we need the GOPe on board. A lot of people didn’t like Mike Pence, but he turned out to be a winner in the election and he helped calm down the Establishment. And to be fair, Trump almost surely would’ve drowned if Priebus hadn’t supported him. In contrast, Paul Ryan surely won’t become Secretary of the Treasury, as he very would could have if he had been helpful.

    Reward behavior you like and don’t reward behavior you don’t like. That’s how you win people over to your side.


    November 13, 2016 at 11:04 pm

  18. Why does this Reince Preibus fella conjures up an image of a successful value transference parasite of the right kind of business, which makes sense, since he’s a Republican? He’s only a lawyer.


    November 13, 2016 at 11:36 pm

  19. Reince is a nickname for his full name which is Reinhold. In German it would be spelled Reinz, and it parallels how Heinz is a nickname for Heinrich.

    Ripple Earthdevil

    November 14, 2016 at 12:53 am

  20. I haven’t seen anyone mention this, but could Trump and congress sell a lot of BLM land? The people in the western states hate that the federal government owns so much land. Selling the land would please them, and the government would also get revenue from the sales. And we’d need fewer BLM people probably. So why not sell 10% or 20% of BLM land?


    November 14, 2016 at 1:41 am

  21. […] I initially thought Priebus was a good choice, and so far so good. […]

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