Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) tells us the obvious:
“On Sunday evening, the vice president’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, who had been the leading candidate to succeed outgoing White House chief of staff John Kelly, took himself out of the running. Ayers, who is only 36, is a savvy political operative wired with GOP donors and party leaders, and friends say he hopes to run for office himself one day.
“In any ordinary White House, the job he is declining — for what he calls family reasons — would be an ambitious insider’s dream. To take two recent examples: Rahm Emanuel, who served as chief of staff to President Barack Obama, went on to serve as mayor of Chicago, and Leon Panetta, who spent two and a half years in the job under President Bill Clinton, served as CIA chief and Secretary of Defense.
But this is not an ordinary White House, duh, and certainly not a normal one.
The official reason Ayers nyet’ed the offer is because he wants to move back to Georgia is to spend time with his family. Where have we heard that before?
“It’s a different story under Trump. A job that was once a ticket to Washington royalty has recently become a laughing stock. Trump’s first two top aides, Kelly and Reince Priebus before him, have left as diminished and arguably humiliated figures, unable to control the wild chaos of this president’s White House.”
I suppose diminished is a good way of saying that obvious anagram Reince Priebus and living face palm John Kelly ended up flattened under the bus.
Axios’ morning email thingie:
INDEED … WE MADE a round of calls last night about the chief of staff job and heard the same thing over and over again: No one wants it this time, and it’s an exceedingly bad phase of the administration to take the helm. Whoever takes over right now would likely be at Trump’s side when special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s report drops, when Democrats on Capitol Hill start hammering him and as the market continues to slump.
Seriously, what ambitious career College Republican fratboy wants to be forever associated with an obvious LOSER like the mango-hued shitgibbon? Jeebus, even Ben Shapiro would turn this one down.