Axios’ morning email thingie gives us a taste of why Handsome Joe’s transition matters, some of it obvious and some not:
After last evening’s announcement by GSA administrator Emily Murphy let the formal transition begin, the Biden team has more than just access to money, office space, classified information and secured emails.
- Axios’ Hans Nichols tells me that Biden’s agency review teams will now be able to talk to senior civil servants and look at the books to figure out what the Trump administration has been doing in private.
The doing in private is important (get your filthy minds out the gutter!), there’s more danger below the waterline, methinks. Prznint Stupid is a certifiable moron but he appointed some truly ingenious, deeply evil people who could have buried landmines for later. (Landmines below the waterline. I need my coffee.) But I digest:
- Why it matters: It’s the first step for reversing the rule-making and trying to align Biden’s campaign promises with actual government policy.
Between the lines: Sure, there could always be some slow-walking from political appointees. But the departments and agencies are actually run by career civil servants. They will now cooperate.
- And they know the bureaucratic layers, language, litigation of Trump’s policies — and how to undo them.
And that’s the important part.
This is the so-called Deep State that the Republicans want to destroy. It’s the story of the Dark Ages followed by The Enlightenment, you know, except for the religious stuff.
But like monster movies, there’s always a jump scare:
“Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said in a memo seen by Bloomberg that the White House would ‘comply with all actions needed to ensure the smooth transfer of power.’ But he warned that ‘unless specifically authorized,’ people who work in the Office of the President ‘are not permitted to speak directly with a member of the Biden transition team or the federal transition coordinator.’”
(The Enlightenment, horror movies, waterline, landmines…)