Monday, July 31, 2017


Anthony Scaramucci is no longer White House Communications Director.

Which is a pity because he had such a way with words. Via David A. Graham at the Atlantic:

Even in an administration that has set records for quick departures—National-Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and Press Secretary Sean Spicer are all among the shortest-serving figures in their respective jobs—Scaramucci’s flameout was fast and phenomenal...
...Spicer was the first to go, resigning the same day Scaramucci’s was named. The fight with Priebus took longer to crest. On Wednesday, Politico obtained Scaramucci’s personal financial disclosure through a routine request, but Scaramucci blamed Priebus for “leaking it,” lodging the accusation first in a tweet and then in a CNN interview Thursday morning. Later that day, The New Yorker published an interview in which Scaramucci railed against Priebus, calling him a felon and a “fucking paranoid schizophrenic.” (He also accused Bannon of engaging in autofellatio, presumably figuratively.) By Friday afternoon, Priebus was out.
It was an impressively fast act of revenge on Priebus for trying to block him, but Scaramucci soared too fast, too high. The interview was an embarrassment, even by the lowered standards of this administration. And for Kelly, who faces the task of whipping a fractious West Wing into place, Scaramucci—who had bragged about reporting directly to the president, bypassing the chief of staff—represented too loose a cannon. And so as fast as he arrived, Scaramucci was out, having self-destructed. It’s been a rough season for Scaramucci, who sold his beloved hedge fund to work for Trump, got a top job, and then saw his marriage and job both crumble...

The bit about Bannon, of course, will become one for the ages.

It seems odd that Scaramucci would have so much impact in such a brief tenure in the White House, but given trump's management method - pure chaos - the crazy stuff unloads quick and gets kicked out the door just as quick. I've seen a few tweets about how it looks like The Mooch was brought in simply to drive Spicer and Priebus - two unloved establishment figures - out, but in truth we'll never really understand just what the hell trump ever wants done other than getting his ego polished.

And so, another comet flares out. And to the Mooch, this one's for you:

RIP Moochie.

P.S. I've had cartons of milk that lasted longer than Moochie.

1 comment:

dinthebeast said...

Between his business, his divorce, and his flame out as communications director, Mooch is one dead dog away from being the subject of a country song...

-Doug in Oakland