Lion of the Blogosphere

Fire and Fury: I can’t believe I read the whole thing

With my attention span ruined by the internet, it’s hard for me to finish a book these days. Luckily, this book wasn’t too long. The uncut edition of Stranger in a Strange Land is twice as long.

These are the important points:

1. Bannon was a loose cannon. More leaks came from Bannon than anyone else. Bannon hated Jared and Ivanka, referred to as “Jarvanka” throughout the book, and leaked stuff to make them look bad.

There’s more about Bannon in the book than anyone else, indicating that Bannon spoke to Michael Wolff more than anyone else.

Bannon definitely dug his own grave.

2. Kushner also leaked a lot, mostly to make Bannon look bad.

3. Hope Hicks is a more important person in the White House than I had realized. Bannon hated her too.

4. Stephen Miller is strangely absent throughout the book, but in the very few occasions where Wolff mentions him, Wolff presents him as being incompetent and not well liked. I don’t take this as the gospel truth, this could be a combination of Miller being good at staying out of the way of people like Wolff combined with someone else, most likely Bannon, badmouthing him.

Now why would Bannon badmouth the guy most on his side? Because that’s how Bannon is, disrespectful of everyone else, almost as bad as Trump when it comes to being jealous of other people stealing his spotlight.

5. Throughout the book, Trump is presented as utterly incompetent. This appears to be how everyone in the White House views him.

* * *

It looks like Jarvanka won their battle against the Bannonites (except that Stephen Miller is still there and has unofficially taken over Bannon’s role as chief political strategist), and the White House is now an uneasy alliance between Jarvanka and the three generals (Kelly, McMaster, and Mattis) with Tillerson on the side of the generals. The leaking stopped after Preibus and Bannon were kicked out.

Based on this book, I predict that Stephen Miller’s days are numbered, and then the Trump administration becomes a globalist Wall Street dominated administration because only Jarvanka will be left to direct Trump.

* * *

My other reaction to this book is why would anyone with a good high-paying non-government career want to give that up to work in the White House? Actually, that message finally seems to be getting out, and Trump is having trouble attracting new talent.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Books, Politics

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  1. “Based on this book, I predict that Stephen Miller’s days are numbered, and then the Trump administration becomes a globalist Wall Street dominated administration because only Jarvanka will be left to direct Trump.”

    Given the massive pressure against Trump (basically the entire world) it wouldn’t be surprising if the establishment won. But so far, Trump has been resilient. Miller being disliked isn’t surprising because he strikes me as social awkward in an arena where social ease is a must.

    But Miller is still there. As long as he is, I’m going to assume that Trump #resists!

    Mike Street Station

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • He also #persists!

      gothamette

      January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Thesis: Trump runs on nationalism/populism.

      Antithesis: GOPe wants tax cuts, open borders, status quo on free trade.

      Synthesis: GOPe gets tax cuts, mostly free trade; Trump reins in trade a little and immigration more.

      David Pinsen

      January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  2. Based on this book,

    I stopped reading here.

    Andrew E.

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • I don’t know why Lion would want to read this book.

      ttgy1

      January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

      • To learn what’s going on.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

      • “To learn what’s going on.”

        The thing is, how much are you really learning from a book that has had it’s credibility challenged in the way this book has?

        Mike Street Station

        January 16, 2018 at EDT am

  3. Bannon was a loose cannon. More leaks came from Bannon than anyone else. Bannon hated Jared and Ivanka, referred to as “Jarvanka” throughout the book, and leaked stuff to make them look bad.

    I noticed most of the leaks stopped after Bannon was fired.

    I don’t take this as the gospel truth, this could be a combination of Miller being good at staying out of the way of people like Wolff combined with someone else, most likely Bannon, badmouthing him.

    Bannon also (stupidly) antagonized Miller.

    By the time he left Bannon managed to alienate not only Jivanka, but HR McMaster and Mattis, and probably everyone else.

    Eventually Bannon alienated the Mercers and was kicked out of Breitbart.

    Some political genius!

    The Undiscovered Jew

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Eventually some Trump official will sign a book deal and describe what a jackass Bannon was.

      Maybe Bannon knew this would happen and he decided to dump dirt on his other countless WH enemies before they left and agreed to be interviewed by Wolff or someone like him.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Who leaked “shitholes”?

      Sorry Garr.

      gothamette

      January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

      • One of the Democrats in the meeting leaked that.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Would love to know which Democrat that was.

        gothamette

        January 16, 2018 at EDT am

      • You still think Trump is moving the overton window by furiously denying he ever called any country a shithole and denouncing the sentiment?

        Magnavox

        January 16, 2018 at EDT am

      • Yes.

        gothamette

        January 16, 2018 at EDT am

  4. Have you had a change of heart Lion? Wasn’t it just a few days ago you were reminding us of why we should be thankful for Jarvanka.

    Roli

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • That was before I read the book. But still, it’s not clear to me that Trump is manageable without Jarvanka.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  5. “My other reaction to this book is why would anyone with a good high-paying non-government career want to give that up to work in the White House? ”

    Why would Robert Mcnamara leave his job as president of Ford to become Secretary of Defense? He got the job as Ford president on 11-9-60. He didn’t last too long.

    ttgy1

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Greatest Gen idealism. Grown men who should have known better did a lot of stupid stuff in the 1960s because of a misplaced faith in government service and human brotherhood. My favorite is Arthur Goldberg resigning his job as Justice of the Supreme Court to be UN Ambassador for three years.

      Richard

      January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  6. I hope Trump kicks out all of the dreamers. Durbin says Trump can prove he is not a racist by signing Daca. I’d say goodbye dreamers and you can think Durbin if I were Trump.

    ttgy1

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  7. If the Dems win the house in nov, javanka will have trump fall in line with pelosi.

    Simba of the Blogosphere

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  8. 1. Trump loves Miller. Trump was mostly friendly with Bannon but it was always more of an alliance then a friendship. Trump certainly had no personal loyalty to Bannon. Miller presumably reminds Trump of his old friend Roy Cohn.

    2. Bannon sometimes overshadowed Trump. He was a brilliant, dominating alpha male who was independently wealthy and had control over Breitbart. Miller in contrast is politically irrelevant without Trump’s patronage. He is also ugly/weird looking and his social awkwardness and political impotence make it impossible for the media/Democrats to pull off the “President Miller” thing the way they were able to with Bannon. They are certainly trying, but it is forced and nobody is taking it seriously.

    3. Bannon had alienated everybody. He wasn’t socially awkward like Miller, he was outright anti social. He was disruptive and repeatedly clashed with Trump himself. Everybody wanted Bannon out, as far as we know there are no knives out for Miller within the admin.

    4. Miller is super tight with Javanka. Bannon hated them and it was mutual. Miller may not be good at developing relationships, but he has a good relationship with Trump, Jared and Ivanka and that is the only thing that matters in this administration.

    5. Miller has important allies on Capitol Hill. Cotton and Goodlette for starters. Bannon certainly did not.

    I don’t see Miller going anywhere.

    Otis the Sweaty

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  9. Although he wasn’t himself an altrighter, he overlapped with the altright moderately enough for his downfall through a series of idiotic strategic decisions to be emblematic of the fiasco that’s become of the “leadership” on the altright/paleoright.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  10. That book is some guys opinion. Trump is what people seem to want see in him. Lion, do a review on last nights Star Trek episode. The new Andorian design was cool but otherwise a terrible episode. Lorca is also probably a Mirror Universe Captain.

    NotWesley

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  11. ResetEra heartbroken over that deportation of the 40 year old Dreamer today

    Otis the Sweaty

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Two Facebook friends of mine — they both sort of dislike each other — are going back and forth about how “heartless” it is.

      I guess it is heartless. But both of these people have zero kids. They are DINKs (dual income, no kids) so they’re insulated from the consequences of mass illegal immigration.

      SWPL2

      January 16, 2018 at EDT am

  12. ‘My other reaction to this book is why would anyone with a good high-paying non-government career want to give that up to work in the White House? Actually, that message finally seems to be getting out, and Trump is having trouble attracting new talent.’

    Because of patriotism and to save the white race, obviously.

    Yakov

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  13. I think Stephen Miller reminds Trump a little of Roy Cohn and that protects him moving forward. Also remember that Don Jr. and Eric seem to believe everything their father believes and more and I’m sure he talks to them regularly. And though people always seem to overlook her, nobody in the White House has more access to Trump than Melania. I get the impression she plays a far more forceful role in protecting her husband from his enemies than the press would have you believe. They confuse typical Slavic comportment with vacuousness.

    PerezHBD

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  14. IMO “Jarvanka” are no longer in charge either. They’re still around but have been reduced to the role of attractive messenger boy/girl for minor issues. The White House is a coalition of the Generals+Tillerson, pragmatic McConnell-ish GOPe types and Trump/Miller.

    IHTG

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Also, it should be noted that Miller’s positions are backed up by Trump-friendly Congressmen likev Senator Cotton and House Majority Leader McCarthy.

      IHTG

      January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Trump’s trade policies are supported by Peter Navarro, Wilbur Ross, and Leizhester (sp?).

      The Undiscovered Jew

      January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Lighthizer. And yes.

        IHTG

        January 16, 2018 at EDT am

  15. OT.
    Kids these days!

    gothamette

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Friends couldn’t be made, today, with an all white cast.

      JW Bell

      January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Right. And every movie must have a black featured actor.

        gothamette

        January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Friends was criticized for that even then.

        Richard

        January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

      • That’s not the triggering part of Friends for millennials. It’s that the show plays 2010s civil rights issues (gay marriage, transgenderism) for laughs. Ross’s ex-wife gets gay married to her lesbian girlfriend, Chandler’s father is a drag queen, etc.

        David Pinsen

        January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

      • “Friends was criticized for that even then.”

        But they did it anyway. & Seinfeld made fun of the PR Day parade & didn’t apologize. Couldn’t happen now.

        gothamette

        January 16, 2018 at EDT am

    • Generation X is learning the same lesson that the Old Bolsheviks learned in the Stalinist purges of the 1930s (albeit in not so fatal a manner thus far). Yesterday’s cutting edge revolutionary hero is today’s reactionary fascist wrecker.

      Oswald Spengler

      January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Just imagine what they’d think if they ever got a hold of Seinfeld.

      ice hole

      January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

      • It’s happened, same deal.

        gothamette

        January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Seinfeld has some insulation because the main characters were all meant to be seen as having deep character flaws.

        Richard

        January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Seinfeld must seem positively reactionary to Gen Z.

        Not that there is anything wrong with that!

        Mike Street Station

        January 16, 2018 at EDT am

      • Actually, every piece of art is now being relentlessly subjected to the Cultural Revolution censors.

        If all the actors in a 1950s B Noir movie are white, that’s wrong. If there is a black character, he’s a token. If she’s a maid, oy vey.

        I read somewhere that IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is officially proscribed now, because (a) Bedford Falls is 100% white and (b) there is a comic black maid in the movie. I don’t think this will succeed, but it’s an example of how crazy things are.

        First they came for GONE WITH THE WIND….

        gothamette

        January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Fer Chrissakes, where is the tranny?

      SWPL2

      January 16, 2018 at EDT am

  16. Lion, do you believe if you scaled back your reading on the internet that your attention span would increase or do you believe the effect is permanent?

    Oswald Spengler

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • That would mean quitting blogging.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

      • You could blog about books you’re reading, the way you were doing with UTOPIA. And having to generate a blog post about the next section of a book would motivate you to keep pushing on through. Oh, wait a minute, this IS a post about a book you’ve just finished reading. Okay, then more like this.

        Garr

        January 16, 2018 at EDT am

    • Absolutely. I’m planning to quit cold turkey in the near future. Internet is poison. if I didn’t need the smart phone for work, I would’ve dropped it by now. Anyway, gonna figure out something soon.

      A couple of days ago was my mother’s 93rd birthday. When I visit or go out, I usually leave my phone in the car, she and I were the only people in the room capable of a normal focused conversation. This is a mad world and I’m getting off.

      Yakov

      January 16, 2018 at EDT am

      • Going cold turkey with the LoftB — some commenters will have a hard time!

        JS

        January 16, 2018 at EDT am

      • I am. I might cut off my internet at home. I only got it in the last few months and my productivity has really suffered.

        gothamette

        January 16, 2018 at EDT am

  17. The excerpt I read said that Trump himself was the primary leaker. He would just call up random billionaires who previously wouldn’t take his calls and just unload about how everyone and everything was shit. And then these people who felt no allegiance to Trump and didn’t particularly like him would spill everything. There were a lot of reports about how John Kelly started limiting Trump’s phone calls when he took over, which is consistent with the time when the leaking really stopped (although that was also when Bannon and Priebus were ousted).

    Magnavox

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  18. Our government would work better if it was run by Louis the 14th in his palace at Versailles.

    Moldbug was right

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  19. I’m pretty skeptical about biographies that use so many anonymous sources because the publishing industry is so competetive & libel laws so weak that there’s great inventive to fabricate.

    In a biography of biographer kitty kelley it was claimed that her publisher was baffled by a scene where she described a conversation that i believe JFK and his wife had in bed or something like that.

    How could you possibly know what they said in bed kitty when they were the only ones in the room?, the publisher asked.

    Kitty reportedly looked down at her shoes and smiled like a mischievous school girl and said: “i made it up” then added “but don’t worry they won’t sue”

    I suspect Ed Klein makes stuff up too. And even when you have sources on the record, you can still exaggerate their quotes because it’s hard for them to sue too & typically not worth it

    pumpkinperson

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • I don’t take everything in the book at the Gospel truth, but do believe that a lot of it gets the general tone of things correct.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  20. Trump can either follow through on his promises maintain the support of his base and win in 2020 or get the short term approval of the MAN. Bannon & Miller are in the first camp, Javanka is in the second.

    Jew613

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Not the MAN MSM.

      Jew613

      January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  21. Lion,

    “Based on this book, I predict that Stephen Miller’s days are numbered, and then the Trump administration becomes a globalist Wall Street dominated administration because only Jarvanka will be left to direct Trump.”

    There is really no way for Trump to do that.

    The Left is so completely unhinged that there is no way for Trump to go back to civilian life. He pretty much has no choice but to maneuver the government into attacking and destroying the Left.

    What deal could he possibly make behind closed doors with Schumer or Durban to continue playing the whipping boy in public and guarantee his safety for himself, family and businesses when he leaves office? Whose to say those protections won’t be withdrawn once he is gone?

    There is no way for him to “make nice” because the Left is a Bolshevik party that cannot be reasoned with.

    map

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Your comment assumes Trump has a plan, like he’s a 4D chessmster and not Mr. Magoo.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

      • I don’t think it is fair to term Trump a Mr. Magoo when it comes to outmaneuvering hostile elites. Ivanka has all her high society friends only because Trump successfully imposed himself in to their parent’s club against their parent’s wishes. How is what he faces in DC any different than what he faced in Manhattan almost 50 years ago? We can trust Trump not because he cares about us but because he cares about status and winning and he understands better than anybody that his own wits and the love of the proles are his only path to that end.

        Under reported issue this week that got lost in Shitholegate was Trump canceling his visit to the UK. His official rationale is that the new American Embassy’s grotesque aesthetics and move to a less expensive neighborhood make it unfitting for a Trump ribbon cutting but the real reason seems to be that he has no intention of setting foot in the UK until the UK agrees to afford him every Royal dignity and honor that past President’s have received. And there isn’t a doubt in my mind that Trump will throw the entire Anglo-American alliance overboard before he relents on that point. This is why I trust Trump. His personal war of status and respect is inexorably linked with our policy goals because the people he’s fighting in that battle happen to oppose us on practically every issue.

        The Media/Washington Elite had the chance to turn Trump. But it would have required them to fully embrace him and kiss his ass and they just couldn’t do that. So now he destroys them. And Stephen Miller, Chain Migration, and the Wall all go along for the ride.

        PerezHBD

        January 16, 2018 at EDT am

      • What you keep forgetting about Mr. Magoo is that no one ever called him out on anything he did. The show was designed for the audience to marvel at Magoo’s cluelessness, not written for the characters within the show to interact with said cluelessness.

        Magoo was completely unaware of how the world saw him. Do you think Trump is unaware?

        The Left has completely cast Trump as something he is not and advertised that casting to the world.

        map

        January 16, 2018 at EDT am

      • Fire and Fury is like, SOOOO last week. And clearly, by your own words, Wolff was a bit starry-eyed over Bannon . It’s like Wolff just hung around with Bannon all the time and took everything he said as gospel.
        “Yeah, man, EVERYONE thinks Trump is, like, soooo dumb, trust me….”

        I find your predictions to be unsupported by any reality that I recognize. Both Otis and IHTG seem more in line with what I’m smoking.

        Then again, I foresee the BIG UGLY as being imminent, and I do recall that somehow Mr. Magoo always came through his adventures completely unscathed, almost as if he were (in reality) not only a Very Stable Genius BUT ALSO a 4D chessmaster.

        gda

        January 16, 2018 at EDT am

      • He is not either, he is a guy who can run a business once he learns it. He came with no plan, just with some vague ideas but I am sure he is learning slowly and becoming more aware of how things work and what is going on.

        Hashed

        January 16, 2018 at EDT am

      • gta,

        Bannon never learned something that Vox Day always preaches: never talk to the media.

        The media is not your debutante ball.

        It is your assassination.

        map

        January 16, 2018 at EDT am

      • A while back Sailer wrote about this guy:

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carroll_Quigley

        Carroll Quigley was Bill Clinton’s mentor at Georgetown, i.e., not some conspiracy theorist, anti-Semitic loon.

        His theory about The Milner Group relates to British hostility towards Trump. Not “one of us.”

        gothamette

        January 16, 2018 at EDT am

  22. I’m reading ‘Wall Street and the Bolsheviks’ by Anthony Sutton and bottom line: we’ve all been suckers for the monopolists for many years now. Here’s a free copy (I’m reading the Kindle edition).

    God bless Steven Miller and Trump, but the monopolists have been winning for some time now and freemarkets, free minds and popular sovereignty is not in their best interest; probably not smart betting against them now.

    https://www.voltairenet.org/IMG/pdf/Sutton_Wall_Street_and_the_bolshevik_revolution-5.pdf

    Curle

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  23. MEH 0910

    January 16, 2018 at EDT am


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