By Jim Bowman
My Saturday morning jolt was as usual from my front step-delivered Chi Trib, with its page one (LA Times) story about how bad the Trump transition was going. More an op-ed piece or editorial than news story, the piece reflected the mainstream negativity that I don't find in WSJ, where professionalism reigns pretty much unchallenged. (Some of its usually trustworthy columnists did go somewhat ga-ga in their revulsion to Trump in recent months, but that was then.)
In any case, I can thank the Trib for bringing me up on that mainstream stuff. In its news coverage, it is often a sure-fire register of such. This time is was about the "rocky start" to transition work -- "Trump replaces Christie with Pence as head of transition team amid bumpy first steps to the White House" -- three days after the election!
"Increasingly," the Trib said, about the rocky start. What were the earlier signs? Where have I been? I asked myself. Well, T. had got his children and son-in-law on board the transit team. You mean some of the people who helped him get elected? Gosh.
As for the conflict issue, in that T. is leaving the children in charge of the empire, it's what you bring up as sand in the face of the upstart, whom almost all (right?) of the mainstreamers opposed and still do so. So they hop to that sort of thing, which will sort itself out in time or be sorted out or forced to a head. But at this point? Gossip.
More, ah, sophisticated matters are afoot. Such as the bruited-about leading supposed candidacy of Texas congressman Jeb Hensarling for Treasurer, who said he's willing to talk about it if they call, but has heard nothing. It's not something he's shown interest in, he said, or that he's pursuing. On the contrary, he considers himself "in a pretty good position now to advance the cause."
That would be chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, from which to move to fruition such Republican priorities as dismantling, or at least weakening Dodd-Frank, product of the worst of Obama-Democrat leftistry. His is a "free-market" background, says WSJ, and he has "deep GOP Ties." So what's not to like for Treasury?
Based on his record as a congressman, he would also seek to "phase out" Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which have richly deserved it in view of their enabling role in the 2008 housing-market fiasco, and would call a halt to the already severely limited Export-Import Bank.
Meanwhile, a quick glance at Trib's online page presents a Wash Post story, "Donors and lobbyists already shaping Donald Trump's 'drain the swamp' administration," again proving Trib's sure-fire usefulness as window to the mainstream world.
Already, get it. Newsies the country over are not waiting to see holes in the garment of the administration that was never meant to be. He will never be forgiven for winning, especially in light of how bad he made them look in the process.
Consider also, on Chi Trib's site and probably in Saturday-Sunday hard copy, due on my doorstep in a few hours, yet another LA times piece, "Analysis: Fight to define Trump's presidency will be waged between two competing factions" Look, Ma, they're fighting each other already!
Where will these stories be in a month. Or week. Or by Monday? Where do the thousand cuts go by which the enemy is done in?
It's like they dealt with their boy Obama, their hope-and-change con man, in his first days, which presaged their adulatory handling of him and his programs and people pretty much throughout his tenure. Not like that at all, by the way. Whatever.
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