A fine Christmas story about our next SecDef.https://t.co/aeQAEhAhp6— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) December 25, 2016
Now it is a great retelling of how General Mattis filled in as staff officer on Christmas so a junior officer could spend time with his family. That's interesting.
But what is also interesting is that Kristol seemed to praise Mattis.
Is this allowed?
After all, Donald Trump was supposed to be this guy who would lead us into World War III. How could he possibly appoint a sane man as defense secretary? Or vice president? Or secretary of state?
Maybe that is it. Maybe having Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon, run the state department instead of a senator bugs Never Trump.
I mean, all he knows about foreign leaders is the oil leases he's negotiated. Senator Bob Corker has actually held a hearing on foreign relations so he is way more qualified, just like other former senators who were either VP or secretary of state like Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry.
Sure, Corker could bring along Brad Paisley to sing "Whiskey Nation" instead of James Taylor the next time terrorists bomb Paris.
Maybe Never Trumpers also dislike other business leaders -- Wilbur Ross and Andy Puzder -- running Commerce and Labor.
Wait some have complained about Steven Mnuchin taking over treasury because he once worked at Goldman Sachs, which he left 15 years ago.
Of course, they also defended Heidi Cruz's employment there and never complained when Bush 43 appointed Hank Paulson as treasury secretary, even though Paulson had been CEO of Goldman Sachs two years prior to that appointment.
Maybe Never Trumpers don't like Betsy DeVos pushing vouchers and school choice as education secretary.
Maybe Never Trumpers object to appointing Elaine Chao to the Cabinet because her husband is Mitch McConnell.
Of course, they did not complain when Bush 43 appointed her.
Readers get my point.
President Trump is a tried and true Republican. Never Trumpers were wrong. And ineffectual. They could not stop him in the primaries, at the convention, or in the general election.
I am glad that a few of them may come around.
The rest, though, can stay they hell away from the Republican Party. They should join hands with their liberal buddies in saying Trump "is not my president."
Had they read my book, none of this would be a surprise to them.
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