Today’s Campaign Update (Because the Campaign Never Ends)
This is a big deal. – In a “surprise” move that really wasn’t all that surprising yesterday, President Donald Trump announced that North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows would replace Mick Mulvaney as White House Chief of Staff. Mulvaney had made it known weeks ago that he was ready to roll out of the high-pressure job to assume the post of Special Envoy to Northern Ireland, a post he has sought for some time.
It had long been considered likely that Meadows would assume some high-level post within the Trump Administration, a desire he had made known upon his announcement last Fall that he would not seek re-election to his congressional seat this year.
Here’s an excerpt from the report on the move by a decidedly-biased Politico:
President Donald Trump announced on Friday night that Rep. Mark Meadows will become the new White House chief of staff, a dramatic reshuffling of his senior aides in the midst of the growing coronavirus crisis affecting the United States and the world.
Meadows, a conservative North Carolina Republican who helped overthrow one Republican speaker, considered getting rid of another and pushed Trump into a disastrous government shutdown over funding his border wall, will be Trump’s fourth chief of staff in just over three years in office.
Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff for the last 14 months, will become envoy to Northern Ireland.
It’s a most remarkable turn for the 60-year old Meadows, who in the eyes of his detractors has few qualifications for the post besides a talent for disruption, obstruction and obfuscation. Yet for the Republicans he’s fighting for — the House Freedom Caucus, of which he was a founder, and Trump — there’s no better advocate or strategist to have on your side.
The ascension to White House chief of staff is the culmination of a head-snapping rise for Meadows, who announced in December that he was retiring at the end of this term in Congress. Meadows was first elected in 2012, formed the Freedom Caucus with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) in 2014 and was the man who went to the floor to seek to remove John Boehner from the speakership in the summer of 2015.
Obviously, Politico’s editors assigned their most bitter liberal hacks to file that report. Oh, hey, I see John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman’s names on the by-line, so yeah, that’s exactly what they did.
The job of White House Chief of Staff is an a extremely high-pressure post, especially in this Administration, in which anyone seen as being an actual conservative who is loyal to the President himself becomes an immediate target for withering assault by the corrupt news media. It is no surprise that Mulvaney was ready to leave, since he took in far more incoming fire than his either of his two predecessors in the role, Reince Priebus and General John Kelly, neither of whom were considered by the media to be particularly conservative or loyal. The fact that both of those men were constant leakers to the media also helped insulate them from attack.
You can bet that one source of the bitter tone towards Mulvaney and Meadows in the report by Politico, as well as other reports out there this morning, derives from the fact that neither of those men have tried to curry favor with the Democrat toadies in the media by leaking national secrets to them. Both men are also quite conservative in their own right, a fact that liberal hacks like the authors of the Politico report equate to being Nazis.
Thus, the very traits that make Mulvaney and Meadows perfect for the job of Chief of Staff for Donald Trump are the traits that engender hatred from our corrupt news media.
Make no mistake about it: The job of Chief of Staff is a crucial one in any presidency. The COS has near-constant contact with the President – Meadows will immediately become Mr. Trump’s closest and most crucial advisor. He is not just there to manage staff. Meadows will have a seat in every national security meating and in every strategy session involving the President that takes place in the White House.
Thus, it is very important that one would have to go to great pains to find any member of congress who is more consistently conservative than Mark Meadows. You would also be hard-pressed to find anyone who has been more consistently supportive of President Trump, or who has worked harder to expose the rank corruption of not only congressional Democrats like Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi, but also leaders of his own political party.
The fact that Meadows is a well-known and long-time political leader from North Carolina most likely also worked in his favor. North Carolina will be a key swing state in this year’s presidential election, and Meadows will no doubt play a role in advising the Trump Campaign on ways to ensure victory there.
In making the move, President Trump speculated that Meadows might become “my James Baker.” As ideally-suited as Meadows seems to be for this position, that is highly doubtful.
James Baker served in the Chief of Staff role for 4 years and 15 days, through the entire first term of the Ronald Reagan presidency. He then again served for the final 150 days of the George H.W. Bush presidency.
It would represent an almost super-human feat of endurance for anyone to be able to withstand the pressure of serving in this particular job for four years for a president who is as mercurial and unwilling to be tamed as President Trump while under constant assault from the media. There is no more high-pressure job on earth.
Mulvaney lasted 1 year and 64 days before his new assignment was announced on Friday. If Meadows can last that long and leave still on good terms with the President, everyone involved should be thrilled to death.
That is all.
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