Some years back, I had a boss in a different time zone who was in the bad habit of calling me from his mobile phone whenever he was stuck in traffic and bouncing ideas off of me. The problem was that he would call me at the end of my day when I needed to catch the train home; if his calls lasted too long, I missed the shuttle to the train station, and my commute would effectively go from 45 minutes to more than 2 hours as I would have to walk to the train station (and inevitably miss the next train).
Anyway, I kept a wad of crinkly cellophane in my desk drawer and when he got too long winded I would crinkle it into the phone and tell him he was breaking up and then I would catch the shuttle.
I was reminded of that coping mechanism when I saw this tweet:
.@JohnBerman: “Are you saying Gary Cohn faked a bad connection to get the president off the phone?”@SenatorCarper: “Well, I wouldn’t — I don’t want to throw him under the bus, but yes.” (@CNNnewsroom) pic.twitter.com/OjAJkrQD3I
— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) November 22, 2017
Gary Cohn is the White House economic adviser who has made a series of embarrassing attempts to sell the tax-reform plan, which is the only thing left for him to do since Comrade Stupid gave the Fed chairmanship to someone else. If this story doesn’t get him fired, I’m sure he will leave at the end of the year mark. I’m amazed he’s stayed this long.