Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Trump's cabinet of horrors

The election was just the beginning. Steve Benen (MSNBC/MaddowBlog) takes a peek insider a possible Trump cabinet, An early look at what a Trump cabinet might look like.

… NBC News’ Katy Tur and Benjy Sarlin offered one of the first real looks at the team Donald Trump might turn to if he wins.

Donald Trump’s cabinet-in-waiting is taking shape in the final days of the race, as aides eye a number of Trump loyalists for major posts should he win on Tuesday.

Among the names being considered, according to conversations with three campaign advisers who requested anonymity to speak freely: Rudy Giuliani for attorney general, Newt Gingrich for secretary of state, retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn for defense secretary or national security adviser, Trump finance chairman Steve Mnuchin for Treasury secretary, and Republican National Committee finance chair Lew Eisenberg for commerce secretary.

The same report added that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is being eyed as a possible White House chief of staff, with CNN’s Corey Lewandowski in the running to replace Priebus at the Republican National Committee.

None of these names or posts are especially surprising, but the lineup nevertheless tells us something important about Team Trump’s thinking.

These possible staffing moves appear to be based less on merit and more on reciprocity: folks like Giuliani, Flynn, and Gingrich have been loyal partisans throughout the campaign, routinely telling Trump what he wants to hear, and therefore they’re positioned to be rewarded should Americans actually make Trump the leader of the free world.

They will because Americans did. Flynn, for example, is the guy who doesn’t believe computers can scan 650,000 documents faster than one per second. And he’s in line for SecDef? “The horror.”

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