Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
Boy, are we going to miss Sarah Huckabee Sanders. – President Donald Trump (I never tire of typing those three glorious words) has had no better able nor more loyal advisor than White House Spokesperson Sarah Sanders. After the President’s initial choice of Sean Spicer for the job turned out to be a failed experiment, to put it nicely, Sanders stepping into the job felt like a breath of fresh air.
Looking back, it is difficult to think of anyone who could have done the intensely difficult job of dealing with an openly-hostile pack of rabid dogs in the White House “press corps” quite so well. She took every question, answered all the taunts and humiliated the little CNN pissant Jim Acosta repeatedly, which was a true service to the nation.
Ultimately, Sanders should be thanked for killing the stupid, counterproductive modern habit of holding a daily White House press briefing. The need to end that daily atrocity on our nation was something I began writing about way back in February of 2017, and had also written about it occasionally during the Bush and even Reagan Administrations (yeah, yeah, I know: I’m old). There is literally no reason at all for any Republican administration to hold these daily baby-sitting sessions for a pack of fake journalists who consider it their job to abuse whomever the spokesperson happens to be and lie about what they and the President have to say.
In reality, most of these fake journalists are true enemies of the people, potential threats to the President and his personnel, and should never have been granted a pass to the White House grounds to begin with. In this Administration, it’s gotten to the point where most of them have served as active participants in an effort to execute a coup d’etat on American soil. That kind of behavior should never be rewarded.
This is what and who Sarah Sanders has had to deal with on a daily basis for the past two and a half years. Thankfully, it has now been 95 days and counting since she last held a “daily” press briefing, and we should all hope there is never another one during this administration. President Trump holds at least one press “gaggle” at which he answers questions himself, as only he can, almost every day, and many days – like yesterday – holds two or three such impromptu availabilities. These gatherings and the President’s own Twitter feed are far and away the most effective communications tool for this particular presidency.
So, who will replace Sanders? Good question, and the Washington Examiner has a good piece this morning examining a dozen possibilities. Of these dozen, I can tell you two who won’t be getting the job: Laura Ingraham and Ainsley Airhart of Fox News. Ingraham would be terrific in the role, but why would she give up her lucrative gig on Fox to take on this daily grind for a fraction of the pay? Hard to imagine.
Airhart is fine as the host of a morning show, but she would be eaten alive by the frothing-at-the-mouth press corps. She wouldn’t last a month. No.
Hogan Gidley, who has served as Sanders’ Deputy throughout her tenure and frequently stepped into the role, is probably the favorite. He has done fine work himself and probably deserves the appointment.
You will note he is also one of just three men on the Examiner’s list. There is a good reason for this, which is that this is a President who really probably needs a woman in this role. He so alpha-male-ish, so blunt and blustery in his own demeanor, that he really needs a softer voice and presence who is also firm and tough as his spokesperson.
If it isn’t Gidley, my personal choice from that list would be Mercedes Schlapp, who currently serves as the White House Director of Strategic Communications. She has been a star in that role and would likely provide a very seamless transition from Sanders.
One name that is not on that list but should be is that of Mollie Hemingway, currently a Senior Editor at The Federalist. Hemingway is a frequent contributor on Fox News, appearing a couple of times every week on Bret Baier’s Fox Report panel where she regularly schools the various fake media hacks Baier likes to bring on for “balance.” No idea if Hemingway has any interest in the job, by my goodness, she would be a great choice.
Regardless of who her replacement happens to be, the nation owes a debt of gratitude to Sarah Sanders. She has been a true star, a shining light of stability in what has been a very chaotic White House on many days. Rumor is that she may be planning to run for Arkansas Governor in 2022, when current GOP incumbent Asa Hutchinson will be termed out. If she does, I’ll be an out-of-state contributor to her campaign.
That is all.
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