President-Elect Trump has appointed Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff.
Not surprisingly, the reaction was swift and mixed.
Establishment Republicans applauded the move while those who embraced Trump as the outsider were horribly disappointed.
Trump is an outsider.
And appointing Reince Priebus as his Chief of Staff doesn’t change that.
In fact, it is a brilliant move.
The Democrats are going to do everything humanly possible to obstruct President Trump’s agenda. That’s a given.
No matter what Republican wins the White House, the Democrats not only block when they can, they demagogue and fear-monger everything that Republican President tries to do.
George W. Bush was a squishy RINO, Big Government hack. No offense.
Yet Democrats in Congress tried to portray him as some far-right fascist.
Remember the crazy, over-the-top gloom and doom coming from the Democrats over Attorney General John Ashcroft?
They treated him like he was Heinrich Himmler to George Bush’s Hitler.
I know it was sixteen years ago, but just do a quick Google search. These Democrats acted like Bush would usher in the Fourth Reich.
In hindsight, it’s all manner of hilarious.
And if that was how they acted when an establishment, Big Government, moderate Republican becomes President, just think of how it will be for a President Trump.
Their response to Trump will make the hysteria over George Bush seem mild by comparison.
Knowing that the Democrats are already planning on how to scuttle Trump’s agenda, the last thing President Trump needs is for Republicans in Congress to refuse to work with him as well.
By appointing Priebus as his Chief of Staff, Trump is building a bridge between his Administration and the recalcitrant Republicans in Congress.
Priebus is an olive branch — on that President Trump will use to his fullest advantage.
Not only that. Ever since Trump won the nomination, Republicans have been hinting that he is not representative of the Republican Party. Paul Ryan made this point as recently as last Monday.
He told Wisconsin radio host Charlie Sykes that the GOP is not Trump’s party [hat tip Breitbart].
Yeah, Paul. It is.
Now that Donald Trump is President-elect, he becomes the de facto leader of the Republican Party. By placing Priebus in the White House, that leaves the RNC chairmanship open. Trump can now use his position and influence to advocate for a new party chairman of his choosing.
I don’t see the selection of Reince Priebus as a cave. Not in the least.
It is strategic.
Trump is showing long-term planning. It proves to me that Donald Trump is always thinking several moves ahead.
Likewise, Trump appointing Stephen K. Bannon as his Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor is a clear indication that he intends to move forward with his vow to “drain the swamp” and do away with the insider movers and shakers who have hijacked this government of, for and by the people.
There’s really no bad here.
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