One cannot say that the nation doesn’t pay attention to good suggestions…as far as they go.
After the shock of Bannon and Priebus situated to either side of our new president-elect in The White House, the country heard from all quarters that Thanksgiving should be a politics-free zone. It was. If by chance a guest or relative said “Trump,” he or she was closed down immediately, everywhere.
After the holiday, we tuned into the spectacle – and misdirection – of a new administration’s pick for Secretary of State. Nightmare visions of Rudy Giuliani danced through our heads, like a long forgotten outtake from Disney’s “Fantasia.” The other elephants inline were just as frightening to viewers of tender years: Jeff Sessions, Chris Christie, Mike Mullin, Jared Kushner.
Miraculously, the Trump crowd also hired someone (unknown to us) who actually knew what he/she was doing, and the names that surfaced for other spots around the cabinet table may not have been more pleasing to many of us, but they were generally well-researched. They fit perfectly with the Donald’s fear-mongering campaign…the one that threatened the Wall, mass deportations, tariffs, business, voting itself. The height of this series of head-fakes came with the mention of Mr. Kushner as ambassador of some kind to the mid-East and to Donald’s new decision to find a way to make peace between the Arabs and Israelis.