That Reputation Thing

16 11 2016

Manhattan

Ted Cruz is no more going to become Attorney General than I am.

Trump has a reputation for not being able to separate the personal from the political, something which I think he wants to live down.  There is no more perfect way to promulgate the pretense (even if not the reality) of political maturity than having Cruz come to the palace for five hours of meetings, including an hour with The Big Frog up on 26.  The same Ted Cruz whose very presence in the race after SEC Tuesday was nothing more than his attempt to monkey wrench Trump’s eventual nomination, the same Ted Cruz who Trump sandbagged at the RNC by knowingly letting him go out there and deliver a non-endorsing prime time speech, and even when he went on the campaign trail in the last days, only went out there with Mike Pence and never mentioned Trump by name.  The propaganda is that the meetings were productive and everyone was impressed with everyone else.  I think the reality is that it was all a dog and pony show for the benefit of Trump showing that he can get over personal slights, and everyone directly involved but Cruz knows this.  It wouldn’t be the first time Cruz so leisurely walked into a trap that Trump set for him.

If there’s any political calculus to this, it was already fulfilled by making Mike Pence the running mate.  Whatever Cruz could do as AG, Jeff Sessions or Kris Kobach could do just as well.  Those two names are also said to be on the finalist list, which I believe.

Speaking of which, I’d be happy with either one, but picking Kobach would set him up beautifully for a future national campaign.  His long term political problem is that the current version of himself couldn’t punch through the Slippery Six like Trump did.  But, that’s easily fixable in eight years, and being USAG is a very good way to fix it.  Furthermore, if Trump knows what I’ve known for four years, and I’m sure by now, Trump knows it, him picking Kobach would be him flipping the bird to one Willard M. Romney.

There’s also talk about Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn for Education Secretary.  Personally, I don’t think it needs to exist as a cabinet level department; whatever the executive branch does on education can just as well exist under HHS.  But if we’re to continue to have that department and the need continues for an Education Secretary, in so far as the people that Trump would seriously consider, Arnn is as good as it gets.

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15 responses

16 11 2016
countenance

Trivia. Both Trump and Cruz live in high rise buildings.

16 11 2016
Hard Right

Trump owns his :)

16 11 2016
countenance

There’s that. And also, there’s a difference between owning part of the 19th floor of a 33-floor building in a condominium sense and owning the whole building whilst living in the top three floors of it.

I don’t have anything personally against living in a high rise building, it’s just that if I had to do so, I would want to live in a low floor within the building. I wouldn’t want to spend so much time going between home and ground level and vice versa.

16 11 2016
Hard Right

Trump’s wife won’t be jumping out a window.

16 11 2016
Hard Right

16 11 2016
Hard Right

Speaking of former frontrunners….

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/306045-carson-turned-down-offer-to-serve-in-trump-administration-report

“Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he’s never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.”

16 11 2016
countenance

Mighty white…er, black of him. He would have made an okay Surgeon General. A Surgeon General who is actually a surgeon, how bout dat.

16 11 2016
Alex the Goon

Admits he lacks the experience to run one department, but the motherfucker wanted to run the COUNTRY?
Mighty black of him, indeed.

16 11 2016
countenance

He didn’t want to run the country. Even he knew his candidacy was vanity, resume enhancement, affirmative action fluff. And there was a whole cottage industry behind him hustling coin.

16 11 2016
Alex the Goon

I guess I shouldn’t be too hard on him. By staying in the race, he stole the Hard Cuck vote away from Yeb?!. It’s all just mud under the bridge.

16 11 2016
countenance

And he endorsed Trump once he quit.

16 11 2016
GW

Yes, Kobach’s foray into a more national spotlight looked like it was going to be the Kansas governorship in 2018 but now it looks like it might be as Trump’s AG. Kobach’s involvement is huge if immigration patriotism/civic nationalism is going to continue post-Trump. We need someone like Sessions to remain in the Senate as far as I’m concerned, although I’m sure he’d have some sway on who his replacement should be should he be promoted to Trump’s cabinet.

16 11 2016
countenance

If Sessions goes to AG or Cabinet, cuck Alabama Repugnican Gov. Robert Bentley, who hates Dixie, would appoint his replacement. And I don’t think that a-hole would care about Sessions’s advice.

17 11 2016
Dale Gribble

Cruz for Ambassador to Canada or Cuba

17 11 2016
That Reputation Thing, Part 2 | Countenance Blog

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