From Glenn Thrush:
Donald Trump is compulsively improvisational, and ran the most successful back-of-the-napkin operation in American political history, but the challenge confronting him is, by his own admission, nothing like anything anybody has ever faced. Like practically everybody else in the country, Trump (despite his statements to the contrary) really didn’t think he’d be spending this weekend trying to staff the upper management of the world’s sole remaining superpower.
His transition process was practically non-existent — and was thrown into chaos by the ouster of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by allies of Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Trump Tower staffers, including Steve Bannon, who feared that Christie's Bridgegate scandal would overshadow their efforts.Yes, just like there was chaos that would cost Trump the nomination when Paul Manafort replaced Corey Lewandowski as campaign manager, and just how there was chaos that would cost Trump the general election when Kellyanne Conway replaced Manafort.
Thrush should give it a rest for a few weeks and rebuild his credibility. Outside of Washington, Politico is considered low-rent Pravda among the few of us who know its existence. But D.C. is where the power and the fools are, so Thrush continues to wage his battle against reality:
It’s been five days since the reality TV star became the reality president and judging from his public pronouncements and a slightly dizzy 60 Minutes appearance, he still seems to be grappling with the vast implications of his stunning and unexpected victory. But in the past few days — amid protests in several major cities and a massive case of the national frights about his fitness to govern — Trump has made a handful of moves that offer the first hints of what kind of president he will be.
So what do we know? He’s basically the same brash invader who sacked the establishment citadel on Election Day — but seems a lot more flexible than the sloganeering populist who vowed, in an oath of iron and blood, to build that wall, trash Obamacare and overcome the “rigged system.”
In the space of the last 48 hours, a mellower, more presidential Trump seems a bit more comfortable with the system he will soon lord over: His selection of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has already sparked a mini-rebellion among some supporters who were hoping Trump would, for real, detonate the establishment.
"Priebus would not have been my choice," longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone told me. "It's going to upset people ... but one appointment does not an administration make."Interesting that Thrush keeps calling Stone a longtime adviser when every story Thrush writes has Stone saying Trump did not take his advice.
Thrush thrashed about to find a way to trash Trump, which if Trump were half as bad as Washington claimed would be easy money. But Thrush struggles before lamely reporting:
One senior Trump aide likened Priebus to one of Trump’s property managers, “Trump's attitude is just get the job done, and do anything you need to do.”Yep.
That's how a CEO gets things done. Hire good people, give them the opportunity to succeed, and if they fall short, part company with them.
Obama had Rahm Emanuel, and later Valerie Jarrett.
Thrush is a slower learner than Nate Pewter.