He’s hinted at this before but he really does not want to muss his cotton candy hair on the heavy lifting of actually running shit. He intends on being kind of sort of a figurehead like the Queen, while a Prime Minister in the form of Vice President actually runs things.
One day this past May, Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., reached out to a senior adviser to Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who left the presidential race just a few weeks before. As a candidate, Kasich declared in March that Trump was “really not prepared to be president of the United States,” and the following month he took the highly unusual step of coordinating with his rival Senator Ted Cruz in an effort to deny Trump the nomination. But according to the Kasich adviser (who spoke only under the condition that he not be named), Donald Jr. wanted to make him an offer nonetheless: Did he have any interest in being the most powerful vice president in history?
When Kasich’s adviser asked how this would be the case, Donald Jr. explained that his father’s vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy.
Then what, the adviser asked, would Trump be in charge of?
“Making America great again” was the casual reply.
Let’s just imagine that Mike Pence would actually be creating foreign and domestic policy. Mike Pence.
If the Founding Fathers came back from the dead they’d never stop slapping us.
If that isn’t all chilling enough, the completely bereft of ethics Chris Christie is running Trump’s fantasy “transition” team. And what does that mean to him? What’s his priority? The De-Obamafication of government.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is counseling Donald Trump on plans to make it easier to fire President Obama’s appointees if he makes it to the White House, with Christie bragging in a closed-door donor meeting at the Republican convention that the campaign is hatching a list of staffers that would get the ax, Reuters reported.
This Trump administration promises to be worse than GWB in every possible way. Sadly Trump/Pence is an even less principled, even more political version of Bush/Cheney.,
Firing appointees of the previous administration may seem like a typical political thing that every new administration does, but the fine print is that they’re expecting the Obama Admin. to make certain political appointees civil servants, who are harder to fire, for good reason. They want to make it easier to lay waste to vast layers of such employees, which turns a hundred years of good government practices on their head. The transition from a Washington D.C. full of political appointees to a professional government run by civil servants that don’t cycle in and out every four years was a great step forward in governing. Presidents and their parties have plenty of opportunities to put their stamp on just about everything, but there need to be limits in the name of efficient non-partisan governing.
The best recent example of an administration that tried to elide the civil service rules whenever possible was the Bush administration gutting the U.S. Attorneys Office, the nations federal prosecutors and replacing them with political buddies (like Chris Christie) who were then tasked with prosecuting Democrats and political enemies.
The dismissal of the U.S. attorneys is a more visible example of the same purgelike practices. Three of the fired U.S. attorneys—David Iglesias of New Mexico, Carol Lam of the southern district of California, and John McKay of the western district of Washington—were lauded by the Justice Department before they were fired. Bud Cummins, former U.S. attorney of Arkansas’s eastern district, was told that the only reason he was being pushed out was to make way for J. Timothy Griffin, a protégé of Karl Rove and a one-time Republican National Committee staffer known for his skill at opposition research, not his legal acumen.
Let’s not forget, along these lines, the ridiculous appointment of Michael Brown, former attorney for the International Arabian Horse Association as head of FEMA, as if FEMA didn’t matter. His incompetent administration of disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina added pain to a tragic situation.
That’s the kind of administration Trump/Pence/Christie have promised.
It can’t happen.