Beware of Alligators

By Susan Kuebler

It is still far too early to know how the Trump Administration is going to shape up. But based on his campaign and what we know about his personality, it seems a certainty that blind loyalty will be rewarded, while those whose support was less than enthusiastic will be punished.

Omarosa, his African American spokesperson, has already said they are keeping a list of “enemies.” While this list may contain the names of Democrats, it is probably already filled with quite a few Republicans. Top of the list may be Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. Steve Bannon, the Trump campaign CEO, has already targeted Ryan. Even though Trump does not have a direct say in who becomes the Speaker of the House, don’t believe for one single minute that Republican congressmen and women aren’t ready to line up to curry favor with the President-elect. If Trump wants Ryan replaced, he will be. The same goes for Mitch McConnell.

Names such as Newt Gingrich, Rudy Guiliani, and even Chris Christie are floating around for likely Cabinet positions. Fortunately, General Flynn is not eligible to become Secretary of Defense, but that doesn’t preclude him from being named National Security Director. The same General Flynn who sat next to Vladimir Putin at dinner. This is a rogues’ gallery of failed politicians. Will any experienced public servants with an ounce of honor or dignity be willing to serve in a Trump Administration? Some might, hoping they can serve their country at the same time. But many have already stated that they would refuse to do so. So much for “hiring the best people.”

It will be interesting to see what sort of Cabinet Trump will cobble together. It will be even more interesting to see if he pays any attention to their advice. Trump is now freed from his “handlers” and it is doubtful if anyone, outside of his immediate family, will be able to rein in his worst instincts. The only hope is that the Senate, with its powers of “advise and consent” can provide some constraints. But that will depend on who its leaders will be, which remains to be seen.

During the last months of his campaign, Trump touted ”Drain The Swamp” as one of the cornerstones of his plans for America. Well, it would be wise to remember an old saying in the South.

When you are up to your ass in alligators, you don’t remember that the original plan was to drain the swamp.

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