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Who, on the Trump transition team, would you want to have a beer with?

When these guys were running for president, I always thought Newt would be the best guy to have a beer with. I’m sure he’d have something interesting to say.

But now that Stephen Bannon has been added to the team, I think he’d be even more interesting to talk to than Newt.

Pence looks like a very boring guy, I can’t imagine him having anything interesting to say.

Reince Priebus is probably more interesting than Pence, but still far below Newt or Bannon. First thing I’d ask him is “Why did you parents name you Reince? What kind of name is that?”

Trump, himself, doesn’t even drink beer. But if you could drink iced tea with him, I imagine he’d just brag about himself and it wouldn’t be that interesting.

Christie is probably also a braggart, but with less to brag about than his boss.

I imagine that a lot of readers would want to have a beer with Ivanka, but besides looking gorgeous, she’s probably a very boring person underneath. Of all the rich kids interviewed in Jamie Johnson’s movie Born Rich, I thought that Ivanka was the least interesting. This is what I wrote about Ivanka when I reviewed the movie in February, 2008:

Most reviewers like Ivanka Trump the best of all the interviewees. I think she’s awfully cute, but besides that I wasn’t too impressed. What impressed others is that Ivanka is very good at talking in a mature manner; she’s the most guarded of all the interviewees, only saying politically correct stuff. The exception is in one segment where she expresses her genuine outrage at a comment that a regular person in Australia made to her, something about how great it must be for her not to have any problems. It sounded like an innocent faux pas to me, but Ivanka is livid that someone thinks that, because she’s rich, it means she doesn’t have any problems. That fact that she’s so angry about it just demonstrates, to me, that behind her politically correct façade she has a hugely inflated opinion of herself combined with complete lack of desire to understand regular people.

However, Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, would be an interesting guy to have a beer with. He’s probably the smartest guy on the transition team.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 13, 2016 at 11:18 pm

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  1. I’d have a beer with Bannon, a Scotch with Newt, and a glass of wine with Reince.


    November 13, 2016 at 11:36 pm

  2. Trump then Kushner, they are the ones that matter.


    November 13, 2016 at 11:42 pm

  3. List begins and ends with Trump.

    I doubt that he’d be a some intolerable braggart on a one-to-one basis. I’m sure he’d be hilarious and make a common person feel at ease as he’s always done.


    November 14, 2016 at 12:10 am

    • Every single account I’ve read about Trump over the last 30 years depicts the man either as a self-involved braggart, or as a single minded negotiator. Either way, he doesn’t seem like a lot of fun, and he doesn’t actually like “common people” very much according to most common people in NYC. I’ve met Newt, and he is a very interesting guy.

      Kushner seems interesting. The latest media framing is that Trump is not very interested in the day-to-day workings of being President, and Kushner is going to call the shots, with Trump acting more as Chairman of the Board and providing strategic guidance as necessary and rallying the troops. The media acts like that’s horrible, I think it sounds kind of like a good thing. Trump is smart enough to focus on his strengths and delegate the rest. That is a skill business leaders learn that politicians generally don’t.

      Peter Akuleyev

      November 14, 2016 at 4:42 am

  4. Certainly not my asshole governor CC.


    November 14, 2016 at 12:26 am

  5. I guess Trump if it meant that I could get a handle on what his presidency is going to be like but I doubt it would help.

    I had never seen Kushner speak and interestingly in this video he comes off as a kind of anti trump: More than a little bit nerdy and dweeby.

    But the person I would want to have a conversation with more than anyone else is definitely Stephen Miller.


    November 14, 2016 at 12:34 am

  6. I guess winning the election has made extermination of the TruCons irrelevant. They have kinda exterminated themselves. Some have switched over to team Trump and others have faded away.

    I was really looking forward to exterminating them but I guess it’s for the best that we don’t have to. We are going to have to continue our uneasy partnership with the GOPe for at least 4 years as it is, so we don’t need any extra conflicts.

    The GOPe, even Ryan, should be very helpful in crushing the anti gay and anti abortion idiots in the party. Ryan may be fantasizing about Medicare and Social Security cuts but nobody else wants that so that will go nowhere.

    We need to get the Democrats to go to the wall (no pun intended) for the immigrants. It needs to be made clear to everyone that the Dems are against enforcement of immigration laws.

    Otis the Sweaty

    November 14, 2016 at 2:01 am

    • Just a cursory search shows Ryan ripping, blasting and denouncing Trump for his comments for several months. How can you work with Trump after his heinous comments about judges, muslims, women etc, Paul?

      Ryan needs to be sent off. There’s no upside in letting in a traitorous cuck at all, and this one seems to have gone delusional on top of that. (Yeah sure, Paul, the election is obviously a mandate for cuckservative small government.)


      November 14, 2016 at 1:21 pm

  7. Jared kushner was admitted into harvard followng donations of his father 2.5 M a year before and the same in the NYU JD. He must have average scholastic tests.

    Reince Priebus went to average institutions …..

    Bannon graduated from HBS with honors, but HBS scholastic test is lower than NYU JD ….

    Its difficult to know if they have brainy. They could hire Sununu father who has a mega society IQ level ….

    Bruno from Paris

    November 14, 2016 at 2:12 am

  8. Reince Priebus – what kind of name is that?

    Peregrino Nuzkwamia

    November 14, 2016 at 4:23 am

  9. Prebius’ parents did not name him Reince. His name is actually Reinhold and Reince is a nickname he has used for many years.



    November 14, 2016 at 6:05 am

  10. besides trump (who i’d like to meet just to see what he’d be like, though i’d have a feeling lion might be right), none of them. i’d rather just hang out with the lionoftheblogosphere crew. i bet j.s would be entertaining in his fanatical grouchiness.

    james n.s.w

    November 14, 2016 at 6:19 am

  11. Slightly off-topic related to Pence: Apparently he is the first president or vice-president named “Michael” despite it being one of the most common names.

    Jokah Macpherson

    November 14, 2016 at 6:26 am

    • Isn’t Michel a prole name? JS? Lion?


      November 14, 2016 at 8:20 am

      • Supposedly, in medieval England, it was considered sacreligious to name children after angels. It wouldn’t be surprising if proles were the first to abandon a custom like that. Perhaps there’s some leftover snobbery from that.

        Greg Pandatshang

        November 14, 2016 at 10:10 am

      • A lot of Spanish guys are named Jesus or Angelo though. Never hear of a British Jesus. Interesting. I think it’s prole, like Mike Tyson. A lot of American Jews name their kids Michel, it’s very popular. Half of the Jews on this blog are probably Micheles, including Lion. I don’t like this name for a Jew. I don’t know why, just bad karma. Anyway, a Jew should have a normal Jewish name, not some Michel.


        November 14, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      • For no particular reason, Jesus as a given name is seen as sacrilegious (or at least weird) everyone outside of the Iberophone world. I mean, Joshua, which is originally the same name, is fine. Not sure if there are Joshuas in the Orthodox world, since in Greek no distinction is made between “Joshua” and “Jesus”.

        Michael probably just sounds prole to you because it was extremely popular there for a little while. Proles probably tend to be a bit less savvy about avoiding too-popular zeitgeist names for their children (I assume they are also more likely to go the other way and pick offbeat or made-up names. Élites probably tend to steer toward more of a happy medium).

        Greg Pandatshang

        November 14, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      • Yakov, Michel is and Iidish abbreviation for Michael which is an Hebrew name. Mi kamokha baelim Adonai => Mi-cha-el


        November 14, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      • A typical Jewish name that is very prole — Shlomo…then there’s Sol.


        November 14, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      • Better call Sol!

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        November 14, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      • Jesus is Yeshu (ישו) оr Yeshua (ישועה) and this name is never used by the Jews. Joshua, on the other hand, id Yehoshua (יהושוע) and is a common Jewish name today and through the ages.


        November 14, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    • John is the most common name in England (unless it is now Muhammad, heaven help us). But after crappy King John 850 years ago, they pretty much retired that name for Kings.


      November 14, 2016 at 11:36 am

      • OT: interesting fact I noticed today. Every king of England after Stephen of Blois (died 1154) and before James I (took the throne 1603) named his first legitimate son either Henry or Edward. Henry III was a huge fan of Edward the Confessor, which seems to be the whole reason the name Edward was reintroduced.

        There were some kings with other names during this period, but they were not eldest sons.

        Not even all that clear that James I should count as breaking the streak, since his son (Charles I) was born before James became king of England and it was infamously uncertain who the heir was at that point.

        Greg Pandatshang

        November 14, 2016 at 2:39 pm

  12. Jeff Sessions so I could make an unhinged rant about immigration for 3 hours and we’d both enjoy it and go for another 3 hours

    The Philosopher

    November 14, 2016 at 7:09 am

  13. Why did your parents name you ‘Lion’?

    Samson J.

    November 14, 2016 at 7:28 am

  14. I think you are right about Newt being the most interesting.

    I think Ivanka was smart enough to say anything “interesting” for Jamie’s vapid vanity project. What upside could there be for her?

    If you look at her analogue- Martha Steward’s daughter Alexis there is plenty interesting going on there.

    Lion of the Turambar

    November 14, 2016 at 7:33 am

  15. I think they’d all be fine to have a beer with. Though I think Stephen Miller is probably the one I’d least like to have a beer with. Not that there’s anything wrong with him. I think he’s awesome. Seriously, at only 30 he’s by far the youngest. It’s amazing he’s come so far at such a young age. But the guy is a workhorse. He’s there to do a job. I don’t see him being a lot of fun. He actually reminds me of a slightly younger version of me. I wouldn’t want to have a beer with me either.


    November 14, 2016 at 9:16 am

  16. OT: I just ran across this article where China and other countries were talking about Trump and the global warming treaty. I can already see that China, India and other countries are going to use that climate agreement as a weapon in trade negotiations. If we get tough on trade they’ll push for international sanctions against us for withdrawing from the climate treaty. That’s something to watch going forward.


    November 14, 2016 at 9:30 am

  17. On the absentee-ballots thing (thanks for yer responses, Goth, Otis, and Lion), the guy’s backing off to a “well, they’re not counted in most towns and so it’s likely Trump won the popular vote” position:


    November 14, 2016 at 9:32 am

    • The integrity of the popular vote has not been guaranteed for decades. We have illegals voting, legal immigrants voting, ballot stuffing, people voting multiple times and all kinds of fraud going on. Sensible proposals like Voter ID are shot down to enable this. It;s like arguing that banks should keep piles of unguarded cash sitting out in the lobby and claiming that there is no evidence that anything has been taken.

      I mean, the electoral college system is already tainted by the foreigners whose presence in a state adds to the number of electoral votes allocated and we’re supposed to think that the popular vote is not tainted?

      As for the absentee vote, the question is, is it actually counted in all jurisdictions or is the count discretionary? If a state is past the post in the electoral college, then do they bother with a full accounting?


      November 14, 2016 at 11:51 am

  18. Okay, gotta be That Person:

    Who cares? Isn’t that how Dubya got in?


    November 14, 2016 at 9:39 am

  19. I know why Yakov and Lion like Kushner! Fair enough guys, I’m just glad he’s on our side, like you two.

    Economic Sophisms

    November 14, 2016 at 11:10 am

    • Following your logic we should be liking Paul Klugman, but we don’t.


      November 14, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      • You attribute malice where there is none. I think it’s 100% natural that a patriot from a particular group would especially like other patriots from his particular group.

        Economic Sophisms

        November 14, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      • I pulled the trigger too fast, I take it back.


        November 15, 2016 at 7:04 am

  20. Prebius went to a directional college (technically an at-city, which is basically the same). Something you won’t often see with someone so highly placed.

    I’m not sure what to make of University of Miami law school, from which he graduated. It’s not a Top 13, but then again it’s by far the leading law school in the huge South Florida region, Gainesville is many hours away.



    November 14, 2016 at 11:39 am

    • Miami Law is not prestigious to a BIGLAW snob in the Northeast.


      November 14, 2016 at 7:28 pm

  21. Another interesting Prebius factoid is that his mother was born in the Sudan. She was of fully Greek ancestry, howwver, so that doesn’t count.



    November 14, 2016 at 11:40 am

    • Great! That means he’s going to be using that “we’re a nation of immigrants” rhetoric.


      November 14, 2016 at 2:17 pm

  22. My dream cocktail party has for a long time included Peter Thiel along with a few others.

    The real of the problem in America is spiritual and ideological… whose root is in the indoctrination of leftist orthodoxy at obligatory higher education. The Thiel Fellows could potentially be scaled and rolled out to be a nearly universal alternative model for personal development and cultivation. Replace college with practical job oriented or entreprenurial apprentices and just in time training.

    The intellectual and spiritual components of reflected life supposedly promoted by liberal education are simply too important to confine to teenagers for four years in ivy covered halls. This stuff should be pursued for a lifetime and among challenges by discussion and interaction with a much more diverse groups of individuals that include old codgers and people whose work gets dirt under their fingernails.

    The American obsession with higher education and the social and economic mobility that it supposedly guarantees is positively unAmerican snobbery of the kind that Trump’s revolutionaries and partisans are rebelling against.

    Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    November 14, 2016 at 2:40 pm

  23. One more thing… aren’t examples such as Thiel, Melania & Ivanka kinda proof that Trump likes immigrants and welcomes and rewards their contributions?

    Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    November 14, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    • Trump likes hot babe immigrants. So does Anthony Weiner.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 14, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    • Trump like the right immigration and so do I.


      November 14, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    • They’re not real immigrants unless they’re brown and angry!

      Jason Liu

      November 14, 2016 at 10:12 pm

  24. One could have a beer with Pence in public. Bannon — no way. Any alt-right stuff is too serious to be enjoyed with a drink when other people are around.


    November 14, 2016 at 7:32 pm

  25. I don’t read neograf or dailykos, but I do check twitter, and on twitter they are kicking up a huge fuss about Bannon. If Trump backs off Bannon, call me Miss Disgusted.


    November 14, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    • colbert is flipping his shit about Bannon too. Trump has got them all shook.

      Otis the Sweaty

      November 15, 2016 at 12:16 am

    • They really hate Bannon–and for a reason, because Bannon hates them, too, and wants to see them lose badly. Whether Trump stands by him is a crucial test. If he ditches Bannon, it means that he can be bullied into submission and will not be able to pull off anything big regarding, say, immigration.


      November 15, 2016 at 7:09 am

    • …they are kicking up a huge fuss about Bannon.

      Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and their staffs have decided that’s a winning issue for Democrats.

      They are still not emotionally prepared to deal with the issue of the black vote basically giving the middle finger to Hillary and the democrat establishment due to low turnout.


      November 15, 2016 at 7:42 am

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