Did Kelly Get the Mooch Fired?

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Trump Maladministration

Reading between the lines of a lot of news stories, my impression is that incoming Chief of Staff John Kelly either had Scaramucci fired as a condition of taking the job, or Scaramucci was unwilling to continue to work at the White House on Kelly’s terms. NPR:

Scaramucci’s departure followed the Monday-morning swearing in of the new White House chief of staff, retired Gen. John F. Kelly. Scaramucci had negotiated an unusual deal to report directly to the president rather than the chief of staff (Reince Priebus at the time).

“Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team,” a statement from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. “We wish him all the best.”

Kelly was possibly unwilling to work at the White House unless everyone (but Trump) reported to him; Scaramucci may have been unwilling to work there under that condition. Or, maybe Kelly was unwilling to work with the Mooch under any circumstance.

The more interesting questions of the day are, who the hell would be idiot enough to take the job of White House Communications Director? It’s like a one-way ticket to being a national laughingstock.

Second, will Kelly be able to make a dent in the chaos? Or should we start a betting pool predicting the date he resigns?

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  1. Bill  •  Jul 31, 2017 @5:46 pm

    Nooooo! Not the Mooch! Who cares if he couldn’t drop and do 50. There was too much for the comedians to work with. So now Trump has given up on CRC (Cabinet Room Cursing) and will be observing groups of little fat men doing pushups.

    The problem will still be the man that everything has to go through. How did Reagans people manage when he went senile?

  2. Swami  •  Jul 31, 2017 @5:50 pm

    will Kelly be able to make a dent in the chaos?

    Not when Trump is the source of the chaos..

  3. Swami  •  Jul 31, 2017 @5:55 pm

    The spokeswoman said “all staff will report to him.” It remained to be seen whether that blanket statement would apply to Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, or senior strategist Steve Bannon.

  4. Doug  •  Jul 31, 2017 @6:33 pm

    If Kelly has control of the president’s schedule, and who has access and over what subject they can confer with the president, he might bring order if he has a disciplined nature. Trump won’t stick with a disciplined program. Bannon and Kushner will have unfettered access and palace schemes will be cooked outside of Kelly’s view. This crap will blindside Kelly on a repeating basis and about the third time it happens he will bail.

    The Chief of Staff and the Communications Director need to be in the loop on everything – they are the lead horses in the team. Trump will have them staring up the asses of his favored advisers. Nope, it won’t turn out well.

  5. c u n d gulag  •  Jul 31, 2017 @7:42 pm

    Never mind the old saying, “You can’t tell the players without a scorecard.”

    You can’t tell the players without a speed-reading class!

  6. aj  •  Jul 31, 2017 @8:14 pm

    Lawrence O’donnell said Scaramucci ( Trumps mini me)was never on the payroll as he had not been cleared completely yet , sale of business etc. So the man who was not on the actual payroll ran around screaming his head off to get Priebus and Spicer to leave, now is unemployed himself. So this was a total game and we were played etc by a spectacle. Again, the boss from hell, this is how Drumpf manages things.

  7. drickard  •  Jul 31, 2017 @8:57 pm

    How about we refer to Twitler’s PR team collectively and generically as Baghdad Bob?

  8. Ed  •  Jul 31, 2017 @9:51 pm

    How drunk are Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus getting tonight. I bet they are already under the table, laughing their heads off and pissing their pants.

  9. Swami  •  Jul 31, 2017 @10:26 pm

    Here’s the best answer and understanding that I’ve found so far.
    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/the-downsides-of-john-kellys-ascension/535383/

  10. Bill  •  Aug 1, 2017 @9:41 am

    Mooch was a Trump ‘friend’ whose life was ruined for making the mistake of getting too close to Trump, even for the briefest time. There should be a lesson here for anybody.

    Hopefully this wont ruin the label “outsider”, and people will come to understand what narcissists in power are all about – lies and chaos. We want honest outsiders and political revolutionaries. Not the worst extreme of the same old shit.

  11. Swami  •  Aug 1, 2017 @10:21 am

    There should be a lesson here for anybody.
    Well, they can always read the story of Icarus and find out what happens when you fly to close to the sun.
    When it comes to having a relationship with a psychopath.. always know that you are expendable in that relationship.

  12. Ed  •  Aug 1, 2017 @10:24 am
  13. paradoctor  •  Aug 1, 2017 @11:12 am

    Ed: If I only had a brain… a heart… the noive…

  14. Billikin  •  Aug 1, 2017 @12:19 pm

    Perhaps the regent has arrived.

    My first thought was of Haldeman, who restricted access to Nixon to go through him. That was one reason he went to jail. My second thought was General Haig: “I am in control here.”

    Trump has shown every interest in being king, and next to no interest in actually governing. Having a monarch as a symbolic head of state, with a regent who actually governs is a frequent political set-up in world history. Have we come to that?

  15. Swami  •  Aug 1, 2017 @1:20 pm

    Perhaps the regent has arrived.

    Trump would have to constrain his psychopathic ego in order for that possibility to occur. And given Trump’s nature that’s never going to happen. Kelly’s placement as Chief of Staff is an attempt of the administration to appear to be tacking toward normalcy… But the guaranteed end result will be Kelly’s image of integrity will be destroyed. In the bible there is a passage that says..a slave cannot serve two masters. In Kelly’s case meaning that to be faithful and obedient Trump’s directives he’s going to have to surrender his personal credibility and integrity.. And for someone like Kelly who has spent over 40 years building a foundation based on honor, integrity, truth and faithfulness to his country…I kinda doubt he”ll throw it all away to serve a scumbag like Trump. I hear that what excites Kelly about taking the job as Chief of Staff is the idea of a challenge in bringing order out of chaos.. a laudable quest..Unfortunate for Kelly I think he’s misunderstood the nature of the challenge.
    And also from what I understand, Kelly is going to be laboring with the handicap of having a sense of decency.

  16. Bonnie  •  Aug 1, 2017 @6:05 pm

    Gulag, you seem be yourself again.

  17. Ed  •  Aug 1, 2017 @9:28 pm

    Maybe I am hoping that Kelly is going to go to the Oval Office and say, “Uh, sir, I think you will find that Fox News is not giving you all the facts you need to know. It looks like that story in the New York Times is pretty well sourced and you may need to look closely at it.”

    But I am doubtful. Men rise to the rank of four star general by making them useful to majors and lieutenant colonels when they are captains, and by making them useful to bird colonels when they are majors, and by making themselves useful to generals when they are colonels. A bit of flattery helps and the ability to appear to respect a couple of numbskulls along the way is a must. Suffering fools gladly when they are subordinates can be dispensed with, but when they are superiors it is a career requirement.

    What will be a useful early test of this relationship? If Jeff Sessions is suddenly fired, that will be proof positive that it is mission unaccomplished. But what other tea leaves could soon become available for reading?

  18. c u n d gulag  •  Aug 2, 2017 @12:07 am

    Bonnie,
    I wish!
    I see my Cardiologist tommorow…

  19. Billikin  •  Aug 2, 2017 @12:21 am

    Swami: “But the guaranteed end result will be Kelly’s image of integrity will be destroyed.”

    Isn’t that fairly typical for regents? One requirement of the job is to deflect blame from the monarch and take it upon yourself. Haldeman and Erlichman went to jail, not Nixon.

  20. Bill  •  Aug 2, 2017 @1:29 am

    If normalcy survives at the end of the day, I don’t think it’ll just be the obvious movies and a great many books coming from all this. I say a hit Broadway play is on the way.

  21. Swami  •  Aug 2, 2017 @12:16 pm

    This is good… Scaramucci: ‘I’m Working on Being the Best Person I Can Be’

    Sounds like something that Stuart Smalley would say in his daily affirmations.

  22. zoomar2  •  Aug 2, 2017 @2:28 pm

    Kelly is a gold star father. He tragically lost his son who was killed in action in Afghanistan. After witnessing Trump’s insulting treatment of the Khan family, the jokes about POWs in 2016, I don’t understand how Kelly can hold this job and his composure at the same time.



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