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del
11-14-2016, 08:19 PM
by hiring the alligators


On Sunday, that team announced (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/14/us/politics/reince-priebus-chief-of-staff-donald-trump.html?_r=0) that Reince Priebus, the head of the Republican National Committee, the Party’s principal fund-raising and organizational arm, will serve as Trump’s White House chief of staff, while Stephen Bannon, the former Goldman Sachs banker and head of Breitbart News, the controversial alt-right Web site, will serve as Trump’s chief strategist. And, on Monday, Bloomberg News reported (http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/trackers/2016-11-14/mnuchin-said-recommended-for-treasury-sec-by-trump-s-team) that the transition team had recommended for the post of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, another former Goldman Sachs banker, who served as Trump’s chief fund-raiser. The hiring of Priebus shouldn’t have come as a surprise: he supported Trump throughout the campaign. Similarly, the idea that Trump, as President, would banish all the money men and billionaires who support and bankroll the Republican Party was always dubious in the extreme, and since the election it has been shown to be an utter sham. On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported (http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2016/11/11/trump-taps-lobbyists-and-top-donors-for-senior-transition-roles/) that “at least a half dozen major Washington lobbyists and three top fundraisers for Mr. Trump’s campaign have been tasked with heading key portions of Mr. Trump’s transition team. . . . In many cases, the lobbyists are selecting administration officials for departments that will affect the interests of firms they represent.”

The Journal report helpfully listed some of the lobbyists, the special interests they represent, and the duties they have been assigned. Martin Whitmer, who shills for the Association of American Railroads and the National Asphalt Pavement Association, is leading the transition’s “transportation and infrastructure” team. In the magazine this week, my colleague Jane Mayer wrote (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/11/21/aftermath-sixteen-writers-on-trumps-america#mayer) about Michael Catanzaro, a veteran lobbyist for oil and gas firms who is overseeing “energy independence,” and Mike McKenna, the president of the lobbying firm MWR Strategies, who is overseeing appointments to the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Both men count Koch Industries as clients.

The denizens of K Street, Washington’s notorious lobbying corridor, have charitably agreed to help Trump “drain the swamp,” as he has put it. Trent Lott, the former Republican Senate Majority Leader, who resigned from the Senate in 2007 and set up shop as a lobbyist representing big corporations, including foreign ones, offered up perhaps the quote of the week in an interview (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/11/us/politics/lobbyists-trump.html) with the Times’ Eric Lipton. “Trump has pledged to change things in Washington—about draining the swamp,” Lott, whose clients have included Airbus, the European aircraft manufacturer, and Gazprombank (https://www.publicintegrity.org/2014/09/02/15450/russian-bank-hires-two-former-us-senators), a big Russian bank, said. “He is going to need some people to help guide him through the swamp—how do you get in and how you get out? We are prepared to help do that.”

http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/donald-trumps-great-bait-and-switch

Cigar
11-15-2016, 07:23 AM
http://www.politicalgarbagechute.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/GIULIANI.jpg (http://www.politicalgarbagechute.com/rudy-giuliani-im-not-racist-im-pandering-asshole/)

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Docthehun
11-15-2016, 03:24 PM
My buddies in Washington ("low guys in low places") describe the scene in Washington since last week as, "like nothing you've ever seen". It's amazing how many wannabes can be gathered in such a small area. It looks something like this with a stand-in for the President elect. (we were on a tight budget and filmed it overseas)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyVGIZYLy2s

At least all is well at headquarters........

https://www.yahoo.com/news/giuliani-favorite-trump-weighs-secretary-082235190.html

del
11-15-2016, 03:26 PM
do you think he's asking for a flat rate or a percentage deal?

i know what i'd go with.

Docthehun
11-15-2016, 03:28 PM
do you think he's asking for a flat rate or a percentage deal?

i know what i'd go with.

Personally, I'll want paid in cash, in full, upfront.

del
11-15-2016, 03:29 PM
Personally, I'll want paid in cash, in full, upfront.

me too

givn the players, you know a percentage is a losing proposition

Docthehun
11-15-2016, 07:16 PM
It's who you know.....or not.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-putin-talk-of-strong-and-enduring-relationship-president-elect-prepares-to-meet-today-with-vice-president-to-discuss-cabinet/2016/11/15/081b2f40-ab2f-11e6-8b45-f8e493f06fcd_story.html

Docthehun
11-16-2016, 08:21 AM
I bet my Texas buddies have some insight on this one. The Senate will be eternally grateful. I hate to say it, but Cruz and Rubio are forever stuck with the President-elect's adjectives.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/fa63e492-c709-3e3c-8d0c-82ba3de389b4/ss_ted-cruz-considered-by-trump.html

decedent
11-16-2016, 08:26 AM
http://www.politicalgarbagechute.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/GIULIANI.jpg (http://www.politicalgarbagechute.com/rudy-giuliani-im-not-racist-im-pandering-$#@!/)

:smiley_ROFLMAO::smiley_ROFLMAO::smiley_ROFLMAO::s miley_ROFLMAO::smiley_ROFLMAO::smiley_ROFLMAO:
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AeonPax
11-16-2016, 08:26 AM
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To coin an old phrase; "meet the new boss, same as the old boss." The Republicrat party has struck again.

Docthehun
11-16-2016, 08:28 AM
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To coin an old phrase; "meet the new boss, same as the old boss." The Republicrat party has struck again.

That rates four gold stars! Well done lass!

Tahuyaman
11-16-2016, 01:40 PM
The establishment Democrats and their supporters are in crisis mode.

Trump is not doing things the way the establishment has for decades and they don't know how to analyze it. They are not happy that Trump is not informing the media of everything he's considering, so they just make stuff up.

Docthehun
11-16-2016, 06:42 PM
Poor Rudy. I tend to think the President-elect doesn't really want Rudy in one of the big slots. Your thoughts?

Peter1469
11-16-2016, 06:42 PM
He would be a natural fit for DHS.

del
11-16-2016, 06:44 PM
Poor Rudy. I tend to think the President-elect doesn't really want Rudy in one of the big slots. Your thoughts?
would you want rudy?

his personal and professional lives are both mare's nests, and he lost whatever fastball he possessed around 1990.

if the towers hadn't come down, his last name would be *who?*

Docthehun
11-16-2016, 06:56 PM
would you want rudy?

his personal and professional lives are both mare's nests, and he lost whatever fastball he possessed around 1990.

if the towers hadn't come down, his last name would be *who?*

Not on my list. His mouth gets ahead of his brain. A little bit of a wild man in my opinion, on the other hand, John Bolton would not have made my list either. Watching Fox Business has given me tons of exposure to both guys, which isn't necessarily a good thing.

del
11-16-2016, 07:00 PM
Not on my list. His mouth gets ahead of his brain. A little bit of a wild man in my opinion, on the other hand, John Bolton would not have made my list either. Watching Fox Business has given me tons of exposure to both guys, which isn't necessarily a good thing.
none of the names i've seen bruited about give me any confidence, and some of them like bannon, alex jones (!) and korbach are just plain horrifying.

i don't know whether this nonsense about his kids playing some role is serious, but they've shown me nothing, either.