All the morning email thingies are asking the eternal question of who Comrade Prznint Stupid is going to You’re Fired next.
“President Trump’s firing-via-tweet of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, following his sudden imposition of tariffs, reflects the president’s increasing comfort with solo use of his awesome power over policy, personnel and politics.
- “Be smart: White House officials tell Jonathan Swan and me that it’s getting ever more difficult for aides to disagree with Trump, or stand up to him about the consequences of decisions great and small.
- “We’re told Trump trusts his own instincts and counsel more than he did a year ago. So it’s getting harder to talk him out of acting on whims and grievances.
- “And with the departure announcements by aides who have had a moderating or restraining influence, he has ever fewer restraints and guardrails.
- “What’s next: The big question inside the West Wing is whether Trump keeps going and pushes through a complete overhaul.”
The NYTimes warns us:
“Tillerson’s dismissal, on the heels of Gary D. Cohn’s resignation, pulls the Trump administration further out of the economic and foreign policy mainstream and closer to the nationalist ideas that animated Mr. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.”
People close to the White House say they expect more major personnel shifts this week. An effort to rip off the bandaid fast on a number of fronts is likely.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 13, 2018
So, the question really is about who stays and goes next in our Reality TeeVee prznintcy.
I recall reading a while ago that several Cabinet members had an informal suicide pact that if one of ’em goes, the rest of the pact would go too/also. I thought it was RExxon/Kelly/Mattis, so that’s my 5K Quatloo bet.
That said, now that the Russian Usurper thinks that he’s been cleared of collusion (because local moron Devin Nunes has said so), he might finally You’re Fired Jefferson Beauregard ‘Stonewall’ Sessions III. And there were those reports last week that he called in some other secretaries to lecture them about ethics (and yes, Eiron is doing steller work) and embarrassing him, so he might give them the cheese sandwich and a roadmap: Carson, Pruitt, Shulkin, and Zinke (worst law firm ever). And of course, perennial favorite to be You’re Fired’ed, John Kelly (if he doesn’t quit in the suicide pact thingie).
I have no idea what the under/over is, but if you do, rank them in the comments and put your Quatloos where your filthy mouths are!