Sunday, December 09, 2018
With One Foot in the Bunker Already, Trump Needs a Tough-Minded Chief of Staff.
The "stable genius" of the Oval Office is shopping for a new chief of staff. The current placeholder, retired general John Kelly, is leaving in just a couple of weeks. It's hard to imagine Kelly being upset about taking his leave from the Asylum for One, a.k.a. the Trump White House.
Kelly, like former state secretary Tillerson, clashed with Trump, especially when the latter's instincts ventured into illegality. Kelly also knew Trump's tendency to agree with whomever he last had his ear and built a corral around the dissolute beast to staunch unwanted access.
By many accounts, Trump has become something of a haunted man. He too senses that special counsel, Robert Mueller, is closing in. Perhaps Trump can feel Mueller's hot breath on his neck.
Now, more than ever, Trump needs a steadying hand but he's shown no sign of wanting that, just the opposite. Prudence was not foremost in Trump's mind when he brought the bellicose John Bolton aboard as his national security czar.
Who wants to bet what sort of chief of staff Trump wants next? Think he wants another disciplinarian, one who will keep his truly base instincts in check? What fun would there be in that?
UPDATE: It's getting worse for that silly bugger all the time. Trump had his eye on Mike Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, to fill Kelly's slot. Nick has turned Donald down. Apparently he's looking to get himself and his family out of Dodge, pronto. Betcha Trump wishes he could do the same.