Scaramucci deep-sixed; can things get any worse in the White House?

The Washington Post just reported that, after only ten days on the job, Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has been fired—at the request of Chief of Staff John Kelly (and surely with Drumpf’s approval).

Scaramucci’s brief tenure in the role had been marked by turmoil as he feuded publicly with former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. Scaramucci’s arrival at the White House prompted former press secretary Sean Spicer to resign in protest.

The abrupt decision signals that Kelly is moving quickly to assert control over the West Wing, which has been characterized by interpersonal disputes and power struggles during Trump’s six months in office.

The retired Marine general, who was sworn in Monday morning, was brought into the White House in the hope that he will bring military-style disciple to Trump’s staff. He has been fully empowered by the president to make significant changes to the organization, White House officials and outside advisers said.

Can the chaos of the Trump administration—the kneejerk policy decisions, the ever-changing parade of officials, the unhinged tweets, and the failure to do anything substantive, much less salubrious—get any worse? I lived through the Nixon and Reagan administrations, and have seen lots of incompetence and lies in the White House, but nothing’s even come close to this. I just hope that some of those who voted for Trump are starting to see what a monster they created, or rather put into power.

129 Comments

  1. bric
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

  2. bric
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    “In the future, everybody will work in the White House for 15 minutes” – Andy Warhol

    • Posted July 31, 2017 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

      If nothing else, Drumpf’s admin. is a fertile field for humor!

  3. Paul S
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Freddie Mercury was wrong, they did let him go.

    • Posted July 31, 2017 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

      🙂

    • Posted July 31, 2017 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

      Frighteningly enough, he did do the fandango!

      b&

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

      There was a lot of let-me-go/do-not-let-him-go ambivalence with the decision.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

        It’s the same with LL Cool J. Did he go back to Cali or not?

  4. ladyatheist
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Hiring him was a huge mistake. He needed to go.

    • rickflick
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

      Maybe Trump just enjoys saying, “Your fired!”

  5. BobTerrace
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Scaramucci has been fired—at the request of Chief of Staff John Kelly (and surely with Drumpf’s approval).

    Don’t call me Shirley.

  6. Posted July 31, 2017 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately, I saw a representative from ‘Trump Country’ on one of the Sunday morning News programs. He was a Right-wing Talk Radio guy from Cincinnati and kept referring to 45 as ‘The Trumpster’. His folks were thrilled with the man. Why? “Gasoline is $1.99 a gallon. The stock market is at new highs. Unemployment is near 4% so we’re now down to those folks who won’t work if you put a gun to their head, and they just opened a new metallurgical factory in our county. Those folks on the East Coast have no idea what matters.”

    It was very eye-opening. I fear that 45 will be in office for 8 years unless the good economic news (primarily a result of the previous administration’s work and some luck) changes. We forget that pocketbook issues are stronger than anything we see in this eternal circus/soap opera of a WHite House.

    • Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

      The economic figures your Drumpster is parroting are statistical noise, for starters — and the trendlines are neither predicative nor sustainable. There will be ups and downs…

      …but the overall trend with a bull in the china shop is going to be down.

      There’s a flip side to that, of course. Anybody who’s read 1984 is well aware of how the proles can be made to cheer a reduction in the price of chocolate to $4 per one-ounce piece from last week’s outrageously high price of $3 per two-ounce piece.

      Nevertheless, Der Drumpfenfurher’s absolute disloyalty to all those around him, even his staunchest and oldest and most productive supporters, is going to be his undoing, perhaps sooner rather than later. This current shakeup in progress may still include the firing of Jeff Sessions, which would trigger instant Republican congressional revolt (as they’ve made painfully clear). Even lacking something that dramatic and immediate, all his bridges are already on fire, and he keeps reaching for the gas can to douse the flames….

      This is not a good thing. All things considered, it’s probably better for the infection to run its course swiftly than to linger…but the disease is dire, indeed. No good has come out of this, and only ill will come for the foreseeable future.

      Cheers,

      b&

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      • Reginald Selkirk
        Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

        The steady up market indicates that investors have been ignoring Trump. They think that a regulatory rollback attributable to Republican leadership in the House, the Senate and the White House will be good for business.

        And it will be, right up until the crash.

        • Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

          After the crash, too — that’s when the real payoff comes: the bailout.

          But there’s pretty good reason to think that the window of opportunity for this Congress to get anything done is already closed. Repealing Obamacare wasn’t merely their top priority, it was the low-hanging fruit. And the keystone in their tax “reform” package.

          They’ve been willing to put up with Drumpf so far in the hopes that they could use him to slam through all their pipe dreams, but that’s clearly not happening.

          What they can agree on, and by 98% margins, is to give Drumpf the middle finger on Russian sanctions. Especially given the timing of that vote — literally at the same time as Drumpfcare was going down in flames — historians may well cite that as a trial balloon for impeachment.

          There’re a lot more shoes not yet dropped with respect to the “Russia thing,” and it’s a statistical certainty that we don’t have long to wait, and that the next shoe will be even bigger. Putin’s diplomatic retaliation probably means that he’s cutting off Drumpf, which means the next shoe could even be that “golden shower” tape. The time is getting ripe, and people may well be calculating that there’s not that much left to gain by drawing it out any further….

          b&

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          • Mark R.
            Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

            Putin is surely pissed that his grand plan of making Trump president as to get the sanctions lifted backfired.

            • Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

              Sanctions are a side game. Wreaking havoc in the States was and will always be Putin’s primary goal…which is why I’m sorta expecting this to all come to an head sooner rather than later.

              Which would be more chaotic: waiting for the midterms, followed either by impeachment in the case of an increasingly-likely Democratic win or the continued drip-drip of Drumpf if the Republicans can maintain control…or scandal so terrible that the Republicans are forced to eat their own now, before the midterms?

              The least chaotic course is Drumpf and the Republicans maintaining an uneasy alliance for the full term. And with easing of sanctions off the table, there’s nothing for Putin to gain from such.

              Next is impeachment after a Democratic midterm victory. But that’s basically just a rehash of Watergate. A mere seven years after Nixon’s resignation, we had Reagan in the White House, and the Soviet Union collapsed not long after.

              But for the Republicans to be forced to pull the trigger on Drumpf, themselves? Not only would their brand be tarnished beyond all recognition even by their own base, it’s unlikely the Democrats would have the political acumen to be able to capitalize on it. Chaos to the max. Could even spark a civil war, come to think of it. Pure win for Putin — who might even make offers of assistance, such as polling place observers for a special election….

              b&

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        • Mark R.
          Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

          Exactly. And I find it curious that the vast majority of Americans don’t own stocks, yet they see a record high Dow Jones as somehow affecting their lives in a positive way.

    • Denise
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

      I thought his base was supposed to be people who feel left behind in the new economy. If they’re actually pleased with how things are going for them, then they’re not who we’ve been led to believe they are.

  7. Posted July 31, 2017 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    The most dysfunctional regime since Caligula?

    • Reginald Selkirk
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

      Warren G. Harding might come up in that conversation.

    • somer
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

      The destroyer-manipulator in Chief takes over the United States, wrecking as much of the civilian services of the State as he can and smoozing to his international business partners in corruption – the Russian and Saudi oligarchs. What passes for a mind puffs away tweets all the while. He still hasn’t appointed thousands of officials below cabinet level in the State Department and elsewhere he’s supposed to appoint on taking office.

  8. Stephen Barnard
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Let’s see if the pending sale of Scaramucci’s hedge fund to a Chinese conglomerate (which is allegedly overpaying for influence) falls through. That would be telling.

    • Mark R.
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, wasn’t this job a way to dodge millions in taxes if his firm sells?

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

      That sale requires the approval of Steve Mnuchin’s munchkins at the Treasury Department. Mooch figured the Donald would lean on them if Scaramucci were working in the White House. That was his play in taking the communications-director job.

  9. Craw
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    I was kinda looking forward to the Mooch.

    • BobTerrace
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

      As what? A rabid pit bull?

      • Craw
        Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

        Barney Fife crossed with a foghorn. Kinda fun to watch.

        • Derek Freyberg
          Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

          That would be Foghorn Leghorn, right?

      • Diane G.
        Posted August 1, 2017 at 3:23 am | Permalink

        As a perpetual trainwreck.

    • bric
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      Rather look back to what The Mooch used to be

  10. Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaramouche

    Scaramuccia (literally “little skirmisher”), also known as Scaramouche or Scaramouch, is a stock clown character of the Italian commedia dell’arte (comic theatrical arts). The role combined characteristics of the zanni (servant) and the Capitano (masked henchman). Usually attired in black Spanish dress and burlesquing a don, he was often beaten by Harlequin for his boasting and cowardice.

    One feature of the character, in Punch and Judy, is losing his head quickly.

    • Reginald Selkirk
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

      Scaramouche is also a 1921 novel by Rafael Sabatini.

      • eric
        Posted July 31, 2017 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

        It’s also a 1952 movie with Janet Leigh and a good long fencing scene

        • Reginald Selkirk
          Posted August 1, 2017 at 9:37 am | Permalink

          Similar titles in 1923, 1952, 1963, 1976. It appears at least the first 3 are based on the Sabatini novel. Not sure about the 1976 version.

    • Posted July 31, 2017 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

      My first thought when I saw the announcement of the loss of Scaramucci was, so Kelly is playing Harlequin!

  11. Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Fired, and his wife has filed for divorce. Is bankruptcy next? Poor Mooch.

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

      Too much testosterone in bull[y] pits.

      Kelly’s mission impossible, if he will accept it, is to institute a typical administrative pecking order. I read somewhere that Nixon, a problematic recluse I take it, had military chiefs of staff as well.

      • Derek Freyberg
        Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

        Not so. Nixon’s chief of staff was the famous (infamous) H.R. Haldeman, a foremer advertising executive sometimes known as “Nixon’s son-of-a-bitch”. Involved in Watergate. Spent 18 months at Lompoc federal pen.

        • Posted July 31, 2017 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

          There was still something military about Haldeman’s personality. (I once spent a week guiding him and his family in the Ecuadorian jungle.)

          • Diane G.
            Posted August 1, 2017 at 3:28 am | Permalink

            Was he a halfway decent tourist? Interested in the biology?

            • Posted August 2, 2017 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

              Yes, and his adult kids (all progressive democrats, as far as I could tell) were wonderful!

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

        General Al Haig was there at the end, to help break the bad news to Nixon. Nixon’s hapless successor, Gerald Ford, dumped him a month later.

        Haig then recrudesced briefly in the ’80s, as Reagan’s first Secretary of State — long enough to jump the presidential line of succession set out in the 25th Amendment by proclaiming “I’m in charge here!” after Reagan got shot by John Hinckley.

        • Diane G.
          Posted August 1, 2017 at 3:30 am | Permalink

          I wouldn’t mind if he were around to jump the line of succession today!

    • eric
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

      Yeah I think that’s the most crazy part of this story. He takes a job. A week later his wife files for divorce citing his “power-hungry” behavior in that job. Then he gets fired days later.

  12. Reginald Selkirk
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Trump hires only the best people.

    • Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

      …and then he fires the best of those he hires!

      b&

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  13. nwalsh
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    I was wondering if he qualified for a government pension?

    • eric
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

      Nope. Mooch wasn’t even technically a federal employee yet. His official start date is (was) August 15th. 🙂

      • Diane G.
        Posted August 1, 2017 at 3:31 am | Permalink

        Neat trick to get fired before you even start.

  14. ashdeville
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    I think your President could appoint a cartoon character to his cabinet and I wouldn’t even blink.

    • dabertini
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

      And they would do a better job!

  15. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    There may be no statistical significance – yet – but maybe “Trump-divorce” will become a thing. Other than Scaramucci [https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2017/07/31/scaramucci-deep-sixed-can-things-get-any-worse-in-the-white-house/ ] I think I read this weekend about another White House divorce citing Trump-licking as reason.

  16. Diana MacPherson
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Leadership really does set the tone so I’m not surprised Trump’s White House is full of egotistical, sychophantic powerplays that cause constant interruption.

  17. bbenzon
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.”

  18. Charles Sawicki
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    I hope the firing of Scaramucci by Kelly Isn’t a sign that he can actually control Trump’s erratic behavior. A slightly “better” Trump would be worshiped by relieved Republicans who are presently in a state of chaotic terror. I don’t think that this will happen, but if it did, the chances of passing their awful agenda would increase greatly!

    • Mark R.
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

      No, Kelly is an enabler. No person, not even Trump himself, can control Trump.

      • Filippo
        Posted July 31, 2017 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

        Is Kelly a Trump admirer? Why would he (seemingly so easily) agree to enter that hornets’ nest?

        Trump was seemingly in favor of the Mooch. Until he apparently wasn’t. Easy come, easy go.

        Perhaps Kelly, having been a U.S. Marine, wishes to continue to be of service to the country. At the same time, after thirty- plus years in the military (and drawing a reasonable retirement), he may be easily-enough inclined to resign if Trump messes with him.

        This firing of the Mooch has happened so quickly that I have to wonder if the Mooch’s firing was required by Kelly before Kelly would agree to take the job. Did Trump anticipate that? Was it out of the blue? Re: Trump’s complaining about why Sessions didn’t tell him he’d recuse himself over Russia. The Mooch could similarly ask him why he’d hire him in the first place if he were going to fire him less than two weeks later.

        • Mark R.
          Posted July 31, 2017 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

          He’s in line with Trump’s xenophobia: anti-immigrant, anti-muslim.

        • eric
          Posted July 31, 2017 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

          Is Kelly a Trump admirer? Why would he (seemingly so easily) agree to enter that hornets’ nest?

          I suspect that as a former marine, he’s just trying to make the best of the orders he’s been given. Boss says he wants to promote you into a new position, you take the promotion…even if you may not want it.

          I think Kelly will make the WH stronger. But I suspect he won’t last the calendar year himself. He seems to be an honorable guy, and sooner or later Trump’s going to demand he do something corrupt or blatantly lie about something. Kelly’s going to say no, and then Trump will start looking for a new Chief of Staff.

        • Posted August 1, 2017 at 7:09 am | Permalink

          As Mooch himself said, (I paraphrase) there are people in this administration who believe it is their job to save the country from this president…

  19. Jenny Haniver
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    I sometimes read books about the Mafia. This guy, Scaramoucci,was a goombah who quickly got too big for his britches. He probably wouldn’t have fared so well, as to just being fired or resigned, had he been dealing with those dudes.

  20. Randy schenck
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I’m still trying to understand why this John Kelly took the job. I hear he had been asked several times but refused until now. 4 star retired Marine general who was head of homeland security. What the hell he would have in common with Trump? Other than they are both humans living in America.

    • Reginald Selkirk
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

      Probably Trump promised him great autonomy and little interference. He’s a fool if he believed it.

      • Stephen Barnard
        Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

        Really. I question the judgement of anyone who would take a high level job in this administration, especially at this time. Trump will drag his reputation into the mud like he has so many others’.

        • Derek Freyberg
          Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

          I agree. But Kelly, as an ex-military man, may have felt that he *should* take the job if asked by the President.
          Still, this (Kelly’s appointment, not the departure of Tony the Moocher) means that Trump now has to find and get confirmed a new Secretary of DHS; and who would want a cabinet position these days?

          • eric
            Posted July 31, 2017 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

            I suspect Elaine Duke will be “acting” Secretary for some time, if the decision is left up to Trump.

            Of course with Kelly in the COS position, if Trump, Kelly and/or Duke have someone they like for the position, Kelly himself might be able to talk Congress into fast tracking the confirmation process.

            So I can see it happening, if Kelly is sufficiently motivated. But I give slightly better odds to it not happening for a while.

        • johnw
          Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

          And so begins Kelly’s demise:

          http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/344644-kelly-called-comey-to-express-anger-over-how-trump-handled-his-firing.

          Wonder if Donny T knew about that….can’t wait to hear how this is spun.

          • Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

            The “sources” in this would be rivals in the White House already gunning for the fresh meat.

            Kelly would basically have to fire everybody and bring in an entirely new team of his own loyalists in order to have even an hypothetical hope of success at this point — and who imagines for a second that Drumpf would let him?

            …and who’s left after Kelly who’d be willing to jump into the fire?

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            • johnw
              Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

              Or perhaps the source is close to Comey. I doubt either will confirm or deny it, but my guess is that it’s probably true considering the two worked together undoubtedly on counter-terrorism effort coming from south of the border. It will be interesting to see what comes of it. Trump could really go off the deep end.

              Tune in tomorrow!

              • Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

                Oh, he went off the deep end more than half a century ago.

                He’s gone from reasonable nervousness at stepping into such a big position to apprehension that it’s harder than he anticipated to fear that he’s not up to the job to panic as the walls are starting to crumble around him. Now, he’s beginning the mindless thrashing stage, which is likely to be spectacular but relatively short-lived.

                It’s possible he’ll grab a lifeline and catch his breath. But that’s probably entirely Putin’s call at this point, and Putin just sent up a rather big “FUCK YOU!” flag, so I’d be willing to bet a suitable beverage (but no more) that this is the beginning of the end.

                Cheers,

                b& >

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

              He should hire Charlie Sheen. He knows a thing or two about winning.

              • Ken Kukec
                Posted July 31, 2017 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

                As any Indians fan can tell you, Rickie “Wild Thing” Vaughn could closeout a game from the mound, man; that’s for sure.

              • Jenny Haniver
                Posted July 31, 2017 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

                Ha ha. Righto.

              • Posted August 1, 2017 at 7:13 am | Permalink

                You must be a goddamn genius!

        • Stephen Barnard
          Posted July 31, 2017 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

          Watching Kelly become Trump’s chief of staff is like watching two people get married who are totally unsuited. One makes silent, mental bets on how long it will last.

    • johnw
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

      This makes some interesting background reading on Kelly, albeit from the choir – so to speak [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/nov/27/john-kelly-trump-cabinet-mention-a-border-security/] Kelly’s worldview aligns well with Trump and Bannon and the idea that the US is in a struggle with powers that are trying to destroy it. But I think it’s only a matter of time before he falls out with the gropenfuhrer, who is incapable of controlling himself.

      • Randy schenck
        Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

        Yes, I think you may be on to something. He has this view of the U.S. against the terrorist and the endless war to be fought. His view is too extreme on this point and may be very narrow due to his past and the fact that he lost a son in Iraq. But hell, he is not the Sec. of Defense, he is now chief of staff. Sometimes these guys just spend too many years in the military. He is the same age as me, one month younger and he avoided the draft by joining the marines. He also got out but then went back in as an officer. I cannot believe he will last long working for Trump.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

      Kelly’s a hardliner on immigration, though I’d like to think what finally convinced him to take the job was a patriotic sense of duty to the nation.

      I’ve been leery about having military officers in high positions of civilian political authority ever since seeing Seven Days in May as a kid. But I think there are a lot of us Americans who’re hoping that Generals Kelly and McMaster (in the White House) and Mattis (at the Pentagon) can box the Donald in before he does anything truly terrible and crazy, especially when it comes to foreign policy and the exercise of military power.

      • Randy schenck
        Posted July 31, 2017 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

        I also have my doubts with the military types and Trump seems to have this fascination with lots of stars. And yet he knows nothing about the military. The fact that he picked an oil executive as his Sec. of State is just more than strange. What does he know of diplomacy and for that matter, what do generals know about it? The special council should hurry up and get something good on this guy and take him out.

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted July 31, 2017 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

          What Trump knows about the military is that rich kids in the Sixties could dodge the draft when their daddies hired shady doctors to write bogus letters claiming they had spurious bone spurs in their feet.

          • Randy schenck
            Posted July 31, 2017 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

            Why didn’t I think of that.

      • Historian
        Posted July 31, 2017 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

        I fear that Trump may think a “splendid little war” with North Korea might just do the trick to divert attention from his ever accumulating woes. In more than any other arena, this is where the generals will have to restrain him.

        • Posted July 31, 2017 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

          It’s Iran I’m worried about. Just when the moderates won their election in Iran, Trump dumps on them and threatens war. What a great way to betray the moderates and fuel the extremist theocrats. This will not end well.

  21. tubby
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    In a weird way I’m sad. Like Trump’s foul mouthed, poorly behaved lawyers, I was hoping the Mooch would provide me with moments of shame, dishonor, and laughs in the coming months. And now he’s gone as quickly as he came, leaving a crater of swear words and weirdness in his wake.

  22. Mark R.
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    I’m soooo tired of winning!

  23. Ken Kukec
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Arrivederci, Scaramucci!

    Gen. Kelly’s got a lot of leverage around the West Wing right about now, way I see it. If he were to spend a few weeks’ time there, throw up his hands, and say no-can-do, Republicans would have to think about pulling the Trump administration’s feeding tube. The Donald knows that. (Trump’s a public-policy imbecile, but he has an animal instinct for wielding leverage. He’ll let Kelly have a free hand for the time being, unless he starts getting too much public credit.)

  24. murali
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I am sorry to see him go. He was harmless and very funny.

  25. BJ
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    I guffawed when I first read this news earlier. It was just my instinctual reaction. What else can one do at this point?

    Part of me wants Kelly to actually bring order to this farce of an administration, but the other part of me wants things to proceed as they have so far. I’m not sure which is better for the country: for this administration to be stabilized to whatever extent it can be, or for it to continue spiraling the drain in the hope that it becomes a lame duck presidency within its first year.

    • Harrison
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

      Step one is for Trump to fail, fail hard, and drag Republicans down with him.

      Step two is for Dems to split off into liberals and regressives, and for the regressives to have their butts handed to them.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

      It’s all fun and games until Trump barricades himself in the White House residence with the nuclear football and the biscuit containing the launch codes.

  26. murali
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    ‘I just hope that some of those who voted for Trump are starting to see what a monster they created’ The ones who remain convinced are the ones that see the current goings on as a good thing 🙂 There are a few people like that.

  27. mrclaw69
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    His *official* start date was 15 Aug. Apparently Scaramucci managed to bend time in order to get fired before he’d even started. Quite the feat.

    Trump sure picks his guys well.

    “…I’m going to surround myself only with the best and most serious people…”

    Speaking of which, he *still* hasn’t been able to actually get people to fill empty jobs in the white house.

    Currently only 50 of the 575 posts that require SEnate approval have actually been approved; a further 165 have been nomiated but not confirmed; and a whacking 357 have not even been nominated!!!

    The Trump white house is a total f***ing disaster!

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-administration-appointee-tracker/database/

    • Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

      The last U.S. lunar mission lasted 2 days longer than Scaramucci’s White House career.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

      “This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine.”

      — Donald Trump, at his only full-fledged White House press conference.

  28. Harrison
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    I recall shortly after Trump won but before he took office and was announcing his staff picks, people were quickly noticing that the man who ran on a platform of “drain the swamp” was loading up his administration with swamp fish.

    Apologists had an answer for this though. What Trump was supposedly doing was emulating the famous Elliot Ness, assembling his own group of Untouchables who were selected not for spotless moral and ethical integrity, but for personal loyalty, as that was the only way to pursue the greater good.

    Well I’ve taken immense joy in watching that particular bit of idiotic apologism flush itself down the toilet with the constant staff upheavals.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, that ranks right up there for hypocrisy with his recent “Made in America” week (this, from the man whose chi-chi clothing line is manufactured in third-world sweat shops, and who imports guest workers to staff at his Mar-a-Lago resort).

    • Posted July 31, 2017 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

      I doubt the Dumpster recognized the irony of his comment to the Boy Scouts that Washington was now a cesspool!

  29. Ullrich Fischer
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Is everyone tired of all the winning yet? Winning the campaign to make Nixon look like a great statesman in comparison. 🙂

  30. Posted July 31, 2017 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    CNN headline on my phone says that Kelly has full control over everybody at the White House, including Kushner, Ivanka, and Bannon.

    It’s pretty much guaranteed that that was one of Kelly’s conditions for accepting the job.

    But it should be obvious to anybody with half a brain that Kelly doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell in a confrontation with at least the first two of those three.

    And that Kelly is being cast as having control over those three…well, whether or not there’s any mindfulness behind any of this, it’s damned obvious that he’s being set up for failure, and in spectacular fashion.

    b&

    • Randy schenck
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I can hear it now. I’m going to tell daddy, and that’s just Kushner.

  31. JohnJay
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    The comedy is coming from all sides now. This from a Eugene Gu, MD on twitter:

    “He got hired, divorced, had a baby, and fired in 10 days. Like a fruit fly.”

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

      Drosophila Scaramuccans — pretty sure that falls within our host’s area of expertise. 🙂

  32. W.Benson
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Salon has posted some beautiful tw**ts on Scaramucci’s firing.
    The best, in my opinion, by “Eugene Gu, MD”, goes: “He got hired, divorced, had a baby, and fired in 10 days. Like a fruit fly. #Scaramucci”

  33. Posted July 31, 2017 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    “can things get any worse in the White House?”

    Oh, oh! I know this one!

    Yes.

  34. Posted July 31, 2017 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.

  35. claudia baker
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    One of my friends said: “I’ve had zits that lasted longer than Scaramucci.”

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted July 31, 2017 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

      Advent calendars last longer.

      • Posted July 31, 2017 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

        Hell, he didn’t even last long enough to seek immediate help to prevent a severe medical condition.

        b&

        >

        • bric
          Posted August 1, 2017 at 2:41 am | Permalink

          I wonder how many lines it was

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted July 31, 2017 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

        He barely lasted longer than Hanukkah.

  36. Christopher Bonds
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    My take is that Trump may be mentally ill or is developing dementia. I am leaning toward the latter, as evidenced in part by his seeming inability to speak ad lib in complete sentences or say anything substantive. I’ve watched interviews he did in his 40s and he is much more coherent grammatically than he is now.

    • Posted August 1, 2017 at 7:52 am | Permalink

      I speak really well. Really really well. I speak greatly, big league even. Only fake news say I speak not goodly.

  37. Tom
    Posted August 1, 2017 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    Mr Trump as others have noted is treating the running of the WH as a business. All CEO go through a processs of hiring and firing in the first year till the CEO gets the most efficient team.
    Nobody objects when a giant corporation does this so why is it different when it happens at the WH?
    After all hundreds of thousands of Government and State employees are not effected in any way and get on with their daily jobs, whilst the Senate and the House carry on with passing legislation and bickering regardless.

    • Filippo
      Posted August 1, 2017 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

      “Nobody objects when a giant corporation does this so why is it different when it happens at the WH?”

      Yep, apparently many if not most U.S. human resources/capital have no problem with tyrannies so long as they are PRIVATE.

      • Posted August 1, 2017 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

        To be fair, I don’t think the boards of very many publicly-traded companies would put up with the likes of Drumpf in a C-level position for very long. His aimless management style coupled with his shameless nepotism and favoritism and promotion of factionalism…well, it inevitably leads to exactly the sort of chaos we’re witnessing in the White House right now, usually in short order…and it’s absolutely disastrous to profit margins.

        Maybe they’d do it as part of an hostile takeover in order to reduce payroll counts and in preparation of wiping the slate clean for their own people…but, even then, the tyrant would just be a tool, and a temporary one at that.

        Honestly?

        Pretty much everybody left cheering for the Resident is either a sheep desperate for a stern shepherd to tell them what to do, even if that means being led to the slaughter…or is a wolf salivating at the thought of stealing some sheep away from the idiot shepherd.

        Pro tip: if you’re still a Drumpf supporter and you’re not calculatingly aware that you’re one of the latter, you’re one of the former, whether or not you realize it. Especially if you think it’s great that Drumpf is telling everybody else what to do….

        Cheers,

        b&

        >

  38. Colin McLachlan
    Posted August 1, 2017 at 4:30 am | Permalink

    I shall miss all the Bohemian Rhapsody jokes.

  39. Colin McLachlan
    Posted August 1, 2017 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    Don’t worry, once it has been reset, you won’t remember a thing

  40. bric
    Posted August 1, 2017 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    Still, the rest of the governance is in good hands

  41. Posted August 1, 2017 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Good riddance. And the nickname “Mooch” sounds like some character from a dodgy 80’s teen sitcom.

  42. Posted August 1, 2017 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    I’ve had colds last longer than this guy.


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