Lion of the Blogosphere

Reince is fired

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Saw it on a TV screen.

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Why does General Kelly want this job? Running Homeland Security sounds like a much more secure position. Kelly is now getting involved in dealing with the Mooch and Bannon hating each other, etc. Can anyone last in this job for more than a year?

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I assume that Trump is sick and tired of leakers, and I don’t blame him. Let’s hope that Kelly and Mooch can put a stop to that.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 28, 2017 at 5:09 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. Replaced by DHS Secretary Kelly. Who will be in charge of stopping illegal immigration now? He better be good.

    IHTG

    July 28, 2017 at 5:16 pm

  2. This is very, very interesting, and related to Priebus:

    “…When Anthony Scaramucci talks to the press or does television interviews, he isn’t really talking to the press or the television audience. He isn’t really talking to the American People. He’s really just talking directly to one person and one person only: President Donald J. Trump…

    “…Scaramucci didn’t sound different because he was nervous. He sounded different because he was mirroring exactly the speaking style of Donald Trump…[he] thinks he can control the White House by being a more efficient and effective toady than anyone else in the building. And he’s likely 100% correct…

    “Every leak might well be true; it might also just be a way of “leaking” something entirely fabricated in order to stick a knife in a rival and move up half a notch in the Trump-toadying hierarchy…That someone like Anthony Scaramucci was going to come along and take advantage of this dysfunction wasn’t just possible; it was inevitable.

    “And if I’m right, the attempts by career people like Priebus to be a steadying influence on White House policy are about to be tossed out like so much dirty bathwater, to be replaced by someone whose sole ambition, as best I can tell, is to personally enrich themselves by encouraging the President of the United States to do the same.”

    http://ordinary-gentlemen.com/2017/07/28/scaramucci-does-the-fandango/

    Jesse

    July 28, 2017 at 5:18 pm

  3. To be replaced by General Kelly, the secretary of Homeland Security. Weird, because normally that would be considered a demotion.

    I don’t think this makes a real MAGA agenda any more likely.

    My gut reaction is that this makes Jeff Sessions’ position more tenuous.

    Richard

    July 28, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    • A general makes sense because Trump is most comfortable working with A-type personalities.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      July 28, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      • The military can certainly teach Trump a lot about failing, since they’ve been doing it for sixty years. But that’s not the winning he promised during the campaign.

        And Kushner’s favorite person in the world, Kushner, seems like a total non type-a anti trump.

        Magnavox

        July 28, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      • Trump’s favorite person, that is.

        Magnavox

        July 28, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      • And Kushner’s favorite person in the world, Kushner..

        And yet you aren’t wrong here.

        Rifleman

        July 29, 2017 at 12:19 am

      • But that’s not the winning he promised during the campaign.

        We’re only 6 months in and there has been a lot of winning if you pay attention.

        Despite the media hysterics and Trump’s wild style and opposition from Republican Trump haters in congress Trump’s agenda is in fact being put into place.

        Rifleman

        July 29, 2017 at 12:22 am

      • Banging Ivanka = automatic A-type

        IHTG

        July 29, 2017 at 4:28 am

  4. If Preibus was the actual leaker, than this is great news. This swift retribution is also very Roman emperor like and sets a great example for the next person who tries to undermine Trump. But still wondering why Scaramucci was targeting Bannon, who’s certainly one of the good guys.

    Roli

    July 28, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    • Good or not, Bannon is also a leaker.

      IHTG

      July 28, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      • Scaramucchi is a would be leaker who is just too dumb to put stuff off the record. By his own admission that’s what he is.

        Magnavox

        July 28, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      • Bannon gets a pass. He’s Our Guy to the extent that anybody is. If he’s leaking it’s to serve the cause of justice in some way.

        Greg Pandatshang

        July 28, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      • “Bannon gets a pass. He’s Our Guy to the extent that anybody is. If he’s leaking it’s to serve the cause of justice in some way.”

        If any other person in the administration they should be drawn and quartered…except Bannon. Meanwhile, I’m still unclear if Preibus is a leaker. I watched his interview with Hannity last night because I was hoping Hannity would ask about the leaking allegations. No such luck. Instead it was hugs over their close friendship. That interview was a waste of time.

        Mike Street Station

        July 29, 2017 at 7:47 am

      • Bannon gets a pass. He’s Our Guy

        That’s not going to count for Scaramucci.

        Bannon helped Priebus try to block Mooch from joining the administration. With Priebus gone, Bannon is surely next on Mooch’s hitlist.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        July 29, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    • But still wondering why Scaramucci was targeting Bannon, who’s certainly one of the good guys.

      Bannon keeps making enemies for no good reason. Not only has he antagonized Jivanka but he’s gotten into fights with McMaster and other officials.

      His one ally was Priebus. With him gone Bannon is most likely on the way out.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      July 28, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      • Bannon and Sessions were the heart and soul of what Trump’s movement was all about. If these two are gone, than what the hell is there left??? I’m very much a believer, but I’m also feeling very de-spirited right now.

        Roli

        July 28, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      • “Bannon keeps making enemies for no good reason.”

        true

        “His one ally was Priebus. With him gone Bannon is most likely on the way out.”

        Priebus was always on borrowed time.
        https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/07/23/trump-fires-signal-flare-winter-is-coming-the-big-ugly/

        Not sure about Bannon though. Getting rid of Priebus may be good for him. It changes the dynamics that were bad for him and everyone else and sends a warning for him to cut it out. It could be a fresh start if he’s smart enough to take it.

        destructure

        July 28, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      • Bannon and Sessions were the heart and soul of what Trump’s movement was all about. If these two are gone, than what the hell is there left??? I’m very much a believer, but I’m also feeling very de-spirited right now.

        The longer this goes on without Sessions actually being fired or resigning, the more I’m convinced that the dustup with Sessions was staged; either 5D Chess or a wrestling “work.”

        Mike Street Station

        July 29, 2017 at 7:51 am

      • Bannon and Sessions were the heart and soul of what Trump’s movement was all about.

        Bannon only came on board towards the end of the campaign. If Bannon keeps getting into internal fights for no good reason, as well as leaking, Trump may be better off ditching him.

        I’m all for keeping Sessions. But notice that for all the trouble Sessions is in with Trump, Sessions didn’t antagonize Jivanka, McMaster (and, now, apparently, Mattis) and others.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        July 29, 2017 at 3:55 pm

  5. Everything people predicted about the chaotic Trump administration is unfolding in unavoidable, inevitable slow motion. Ugh.

    Lion o' the Turambar

    July 28, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    • That’s what they said about the campaign with three campaign managers. And then Romney…, oh wait no, and then Trump won.

      Andrew E.

      July 28, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      • or Hillary lost

        Lion o' the Turambar

        July 28, 2017 at 6:22 pm

  6. Trump fires someone, news at 11. Wasn’t “you’re fired” his most famous line?

    Dan

    July 28, 2017 at 5:55 pm

  7. This is a mess. Aren’t there any good people that can keep the job? Lion, you should know that for the last few months you are my major source of US domestic news, so you’d better do a very good job.

    Yakov

    July 28, 2017 at 5:58 pm

  8. The collapse health care was the last straw; Priebus’ selling point was that he could get legislation done.

    Hopefully McCain will die soon of his brain tumor and they can try to get another partial repeal going when the GOP governor appoints a replacement for McCain.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    July 28, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    • You had me at “die of his brain tumor”

      destructure

      July 28, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      • He said what many of us think but are too polite to say.

        Jay Fink

        July 28, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      • i’m not one of those polite people. i’m thrilled that the manchurian candidate has brain rot.

        destructure

        July 29, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    • no we need to move on from healthcare and onto stimulative tax cuts and to the destruction of the immigrant community.

      Otis the Sweaty

      July 28, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      • We don’t need stimulus, assets are bubbling, we need some brakes.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 28, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      • We want a bubble. That is how we will get Trump re-elected. If there is a crisis in Trump’s next term, that will be fine. Leave it to a Democrat to try to clean it up.

        Otis the Sweaty

        July 28, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      • no we need to move on from healthcare and onto stimulative tax cuts and to the destruction of the immigrant community.

        He’s going to do that now and should. I meant he should revisit repeal legislation a year or two from now.

        We don’t need stimulus, assets are bubbling, we need some brakes.

        Growth was depressed by Obama for eight years. Stimulus now is warranted because stimulus will probably boost the economy through 2020. After 2020 is when a bust would occur.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        July 28, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      • I’d like for the economy to strong in 2022, thank you very much.

        Sid

        July 28, 2017 at 11:49 pm

      • I’d like for the economy to strong in 2022, thank you very much.

        Trump burning fiat money for the sake of tax cuts, infrastructural pork, and the military industrial complex is the best bet to create a boom that lasts that far out.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        July 29, 2017 at 3:51 pm

  9. Do all New Yorkers say in a tv screen instead of on? Or was that a typo?

    New Yorkers also say on line when I would say in line.

    ttgy

    July 28, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    • Only immigrants say in a TV screen.

      Yakov

      July 28, 2017 at 7:34 pm

  10. I don’t have a strong opinion here. I’m not particularly surprised that Priebus is out, however.

    It’s hard to disentangle the truth from the misinformation here. From what I have gathered, the strength Priebus brought was in his connections with the GOPe. Priebus’ weakness, however, was that he and his associates were leaking with abandon.

    Since the Obamacare repeal was such a bust, I think Trump is now fed up with working with the GOPe.

    From roughly January until the end of March, Trump seemed to lean more on Bannon, but was disappointed. From roughly the end of March until recently, Trump had been learning more on the GOPe to govern for him. But they ultimately are just too internally divided and lacking in vision to be able to do that. Furthermore, after the budget battle in May, I think Trump came away distrustful of the GOPe, and his misgivings have only increased over time.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Trump starts bucking the GOPe entirely, and just leans on Jared and Ivanka to manage the White House while Trump’s generals, whether in the military or in the cabinet, handle military and security affairs.

    Tillerson is notorious among diplomats for gutting State while not offering an overaching vision. As such, the military’s role in foreign relations will only increase. Trump distrusts intelligence and counterintelligence agencies, so I think he’ll work with Jared, Ivanka, and his generals to neutralize them over time.

    All-in-all, the Trump administration looks like it will be fairly medieval: Trump and his relatives will dominate the White House, hiring and firing at will, leaving foreign affairs and security to the generals, while not getting much of anything done with Congress.

    Sid

    July 28, 2017 at 8:38 pm

  11. Who will be in at Homeland Security? That’s one of the key positions from our perspective. Kobach wants to be governor, so I don’t he’s in the running at this point.

    Greg Pandatshang

    July 28, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    • Was suggested by Dana Perino tonight that the ideal person for Homeland Security would be someone whose main area of interest was stopping illegal immigration, and whose initials are JS.
      The new AG then fires ‘you know who’.

      Seems unlikely, but who knows.

      gda

      July 29, 2017 at 12:22 am

      • The new AG would be recess appointed of course.

        So theoretically Sessions to HS, then Rudy as recess appointment, who fires Mueller. Note that Sessions needs to be convinced to accept the move (just to placate the GOPe).

        That might stir up the ant’s nest.

        But really, with the Russia narrative now REALLY limping along (virtually falling apart), Trump might be prepared to just say “f–k it, this ends now” and damn the consequences. He could spin out any attempt at impeachment (really? For what?) even if they lose the House and, since the GOP are expected to pick up 4 or 5 seats in 2018, there is no chance that the Senate will remove him, even if that WERE to happen.

        We do live in interesting times.

        gda

        July 29, 2017 at 12:45 am

      • The Russia conspiracy theory is like a horror movie villain: just when you think it’s over, it comes back and gives everyone a scare. It seemed like the theory was moribund at the start of the month, and then it turned out Trump Jr. talked with that Russian lawyer. It didn’t turn out to be much of anything, but it certainly revived the theory for the rest of the month.

        So far, the media has done little to make a sober, impartial person believe there was anything to Trump and Russia colluding, but Trump’s antsy demeanor, tweets, and actions (like firing Comey) all make someone suspect SOMETHING is amiss!

        If Trump were a conventional politician, he’d downplay the investigation’s potential to damage him or his administration, let the investigation continue while subtly painting himself as a victim of political malice, and maybe pardon Flynn, Manafort, and a few others after sometime.

        Of course, Trump is anything but a conventional politician.

        Sid

        July 29, 2017 at 11:35 am

  12. This is a big soap opera. I don’t care that much. But if Trump signs the Russian sanctions bill, he’s dead to me.

    For a while, anyway.

    Peterike

    July 28, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    • Why is stopping the Russian sanctions bill so important? The only reason there is a sanctions bill is to bait Trump into vetoing it. But by itself, it’s not that important.

      Mike Street Station

      July 29, 2017 at 7:58 am

      • Except it shows congressional Rs to be traitors to Trumpism, no?

        Curle

        July 29, 2017 at 11:06 am

      • “Except it shows congressional Rs to be traitors to Trumpism, no?”

        Well if there was ever any doubt that congressional Republicans are just as opposed to Trump as the Democrats, the past week should put it to doubt. The more I think about it, the more I think that Healthcare bill was never supposed to pass, it was to give Trump a failure.

        Mike Street Station

        July 29, 2017 at 3:01 pm

  13. I think Sessions gets shuffled over to DHS now. Anyone who is already in a Senate-confirmed position can be named Acting Secretary with no Senate confirmation. And the guidoest lawyer in Mooch’s rolodex gets AG.

    At least, that would be the next 4D chess move; he may just be Mr. Magoo.

    snorlaxwp

    July 28, 2017 at 10:42 pm

  14. Mooch leaked his own anti-leak ideas to the New Yorker. Then he blamed Preibus for leaking a document that is part of the public record.

    Genius all around.

    Dave

    July 29, 2017 at 12:17 am

    • That’s another reason why I doubt Priebus is a leaker. If that was the evidence Scaramucci felt was strong enough to go public with, that means everything else against Priebus was worse than that.

      There apparently is no real evidence that Priebus leaked.

      Richard

      July 29, 2017 at 10:39 am

      • …unless they’re sitting on that because Priebus knows so much other stuff that could be damaging that they agreed he would leave, and they wouldn’t trash him or publicly identify him as the leaker. Priebus has been nothing but supportive of Trump in all of his post exit interviews.

        Mike Street Station

        July 30, 2017 at 8:48 am

      • I don’t follow you. Priebus has been trashed and smeared as a leaker about as publicly as can be.

        Richard

        July 30, 2017 at 6:05 pm


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