If there is one thing I reiterate to people over and over again about politics is, politicians are always going to disappoint you. Donald Trump has started the transition process of going from President-Elect Trump to President Trump. There is a lot of work to be done and to make the process as smooth as possible; it’s in Trump’s best interest to choose people who know what they’re doing.
So for those with fantasies of Milo Yiannopoulos, Chuck Johnson or John Nolte being on the transition team, you’re going to be disappointed. Sure enough, while often referring to “draining the swamp,” Donald Trump is choosing for his transition team (headed by insider Chris Christie), a bunch of DC insiders.
That’s not a criticism. It’s a good move on Trump’s part. Here are some on that list, according to CNN:
Leaders in his transition include former Rep. Mike Rogers, former Reagan Attorney General and Heritage Foundation fellow Edwin Meese, former President of Heritage Edwin Feulner, former Bush administration official and lobbyist Christine Ciccone, former Dick Cheney adviser Ado Machida, former Senate Budget Committee staffer Eric Ueland and former Sen. Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff Rick Dearborn. The effort is chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Trump counts former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Sessions as close advisers.
Lower level staffers assigned with crafting different departments are also heavily drawn from K Street, the center of lobbying in Washington, and congressional staff, according to a staff organizational chart obtained by CNN.
Sources close to the operation say Sessions and the conservative Heritage Foundation have had a strong role in shaping the transition, in addition to staffers from the Bush administration, K Street and Capitol Hill.
At a Heritage Foundation event Thursday, John Yoo, a Berkeley Law professor and scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, got a warm reception from the crowd by cracking about the closeness.
“I’m surprised there are so many people here because I thought everyone at Heritage was working over at transition headquarters,” Yoo said on the panel about Trump’s win. “I asked the taxi cab driver to take me to Trump transition headquarters and he dropped me off here, instead.”
In other words, Trump’s transition team is being led by a bunch of “cucks.”
I’ll just sit over here and laugh quietly to myself.