Today was an historic day.
By appointing Sen. Jeff Sessions attorney general, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn national security advisor, and Rep. Mike Pompeo CIA director, Donald Trump is demonstrating that his campaign message was serious.
Sessions is the leading voice in the Senate against immigration reform. He is also one of the two or three most reliably conservative members of the Senate, someone who will turn Obama’s left-wing Justice Department on its head, depoliticizing it and getting it back to enforcing the law, regardless of popular sentiment. The mob running around with a noose looking for any police officer who might have tried to defend themselves will now be banished, as all mobs should be. “Criminal justice reform” that seeks to release every other drug dealer ever imprisoned will come to a halt. And churches won’t be prosecuted for failing to hold special Sunday mass for same-sex couples.
Flynn and Pompeo are USA-first foreign policy advocates who will help reassert America’s leadership in the world without resorting to unnecessary wars prompted by emotion, while ending the harmful vacillations of the Obama years. Most importantly, they are fierce opponents of the ruinous the Iran nuclear deal, something even Trump has not always been completely clear about. God willing, they will convince him to trash an arrangement that gives Iran a nuclear weapon in a dozen years, or sooner.
Steve Bannon is not an anti-Semite. Plain and simple. He had several of the leading young Jewish conservatives working for him at Breitbart. He is a genius, if a bit of an evil one, who will weave together the conservative and populist movement that could change this country for the better and reelect Trump in four years. And maybe even put his Republican successor in office too.
Sure, Reince Priebus is chief of staff and an establishment figure. But unlike others in the establishment, he got fully behind Trump, gained his trust and pulled out all the stops to make a Trump presidency happen. He will ensure a smoothly running White House and offer a dose of reality testing when the dreams of the ideologues get too far out ahead of what is possible.
More than any individual member of the emerging team, it is the totality that matters. This is a group that is true to the principles Trump espoused. The expulsion of Chris Christie has been portrayed as an act of revenge by Trump and his nephew, Jared Kushner. But it’s much more than that. For all his bluster, Christie is a moderate Republican who would have tried to inflict his moderation on the White House with an iron hand. That he was cast out suggests Trump is deadly serious about hammering the Washington establishment and changing the direction of the country. Note that Christie was replaced as transition chief not by just anybody, but by Vice President-Elect Mike Pence, a true conservative who knows who’s who in Washington and will get Trump the right kind of people to help him.
It’s a good beginning. He needs some women, not because there should be a quota system, but because women are different than men and provide another kind of perspective and approach that a room full of boys lacks. He needs senior female White House staffers as well as Cabinet members. Expect a distaff Secretary of State, and not Mitt Romney.
Please, not Mitt Romney.
That’s the old way of doing things. Like Barack Obama. So yesterday.