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Enumerati

Trump’s Cabinet of Deplorables Truly Is Deplorable

40%

“President Trump came to Washington promising to ‘drain the swamp.’ But after less than 13 months, more than 40 percent of the people he originally picked for Cabinet-level jobs have faced ethical or other controversies. And the list has grown quickly in recent weeks,” the Washington Post reports.

News & Comment

Five Questions to Ask When Someone Leaves the Trump Administration

FiveThirtyEight has an interesting article about the questions we should ask when a high-level individual departs the Trump administration — whether they jump or are pushed.

The authors looked at Human resources literature in both the public and private sectors and interviewed experts to identify the five questions:

    • How long was this person in the job?
      “Turnover is unavoidable within the federal bureaucracy, and that’s not always a bad thing. In fact, political scientists agree that some changes in leadership are necessary for a functioning democracy. Frequent turnover, though, can create a number of problems, which is why it’s important to take a look at how long a departing leader has been in his or her position.”

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Verbatim

If Trump Fires Bannon …

“If Trump finally pushes Bannon out of the White House, the nationalist policy project will be all but dead. The new chief of staff, John Kelly, is far more moderate on immigration and has pushed Trump to abandon the idea of a physical border wall. Economic policy will be fully under the control of Cohn, and the heretical idea of raising taxes on the wealthy will have no champion. Trump himself has always been more animated by the xenophobia of Bannonism than by its populist economic views. A Trump White House without Bannon will be no more radical in its coddling of far-right groups—today Trump showed again that he needs no encouragement—but it will be more captured by the traditional small-government agenda of the G.O.P. Bannon hoped to destroy.”

Ryan Lizza

Poetic Justice

Circle of Jerks

They sat ’round the table like sycophantic clerks,
Listening to Trump exaggerate his body of work.
In turn, each one labored
To out-pander his neighbor,
In what can only be described as a Cabinet-level circle jerk.

Verbatim

Trump Reviews His Tenure at Cabinet Circle Jerk Session

“Never has there been a president … with few exceptions … who’s passed more legislation, who’s done more things than I have.”

— President Trump, quoted by CNN, at his first cabinet meeting.

Verbatim

Attorney General Sessions Doesn’t Understand Judicial System

“I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and Constitutional power.”

— Attorney General Jeff Sessions, quoted by CNN, criticizing a federal judge in Hawaii that has blocked President Trump’s travel ban.

Poetic Justice

A Gorka, Uncorked

Sebastian Gorka is Trump’s counter-terrorism adviser,
And he’s got a secret about which he’d like us none the wiser.
He’s a sworn life member of Vitezi Rend,
But to what nefarious end?
It means he’s a Hungarian Nazi collaborator and sympathizer.

Poetic Justice

Cabinet of Expendables

Donald Trump doesn’t really have advisers,
Deeming himself better, sharper and wiser.
Except for Jared and Ivanka,
Who meld into JAVANKA
Trump’s only trusted and true SUPER ADVISER.

Poetic Justice

It’s Medium Done

So no Trump admin folks will appear on CNN,
There’ll be no more Sean Spicer or Kellyanne.
They’re replacing Jake Tapper
With a conservative rapper,
And getting all their fake news from Mike Flynn.

Poetic Justice

Wannabe Secretary Takes a Memo

If you find yourself, for words, at a loss,
When applying to make Donald Trump your boss.
You’ve kind of heard them before,
But you can’t place just where,
It’s OK, you’ve just got that old deja Vos.