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Truly, the reincarnation of Machiavelli walks among us:

“My job is to put him in a good place,” Mr. Kushner told another person he spoke to before embarking on the Middle East leg of Mr. Trump’s trip, which he planned.

Often, that entails soothing Mr. Trump. Other times, he serves as a goad, as he did in urging Mr. Comey’s ouster and assuring Mr. Trump that it would be a political “win” that would neutralize protesting Democrats because they had called for Mr. Comey’s ouster over his handling of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, according to six West Wing aides.

And if only everybody in the Democratic Party was Michael Kinsley, it would have worked!

Still, he’s totally a SUPERGENIUS — just ask him!

He is intensely proud of his accomplishments in the private sector and has repeatedly suggested his tenure in Washington will hurt, not help, his brand and bottom line.

That unfailing self-regard has not endeared him to the rest of the staff. Resentful Trump staff members have long talked about “Jared Island” to describe the special status occupied by Mr. Kushner, who, in their view, is given license to exercise power and take on a vague portfolio — “Middle East peace” and “innovation” are its central components — without suffering the consequences of failure visited by the president on mere hirelings.

Well, if you work in the White House you’ve already agreed to work for an idiot heir who is convinced he’s brilliant, so what’s another one?

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  • Judas Peckerwood

    It’s Chauncey Gardiners all the way down.

    • This is surely libellous to Chauncey Gardiner, who was nowhere near this malevolent.

      • The Great God Pan

        Chauncey by way of Damien.

        • Dr. Acula

          Damien Thorn?

          • The Great God Pan

            Google says yes. I always just thought of him as Damien.

    • cpinva

      “It’s Chauncey Gardiners all the way down.”

      i must vigorously disagree with your characterization of Mr. Gardiner. his only concern was the health and welfare of all the plants in the garden, not just some favored few. that others took advantage of his naivete’ wasn’t his doing or fault. hell, he wasn’t even aware of it.

  • Sly

    Mob bosses don’t hire their in-laws because they think they’re smart and capable. Mob bosses hire their in-laws because they think there’s a smaller probability that they’ll talk to the Feds.

    Given his business career, Trump knows this fact intimately.

    • efgoldman

      Sorry, Scott, but your headline is half wrong.
      You CAN buy admission, and once matriculated, unless you’re an actual criminal (instead of just a lazy, entitled asshole) you can get that degree with a minimal, suboptimal amount of effort.

      Mob bosses hire their in-laws because they think there’s a smaller probability that they’ll talk to the Feds.

      Do you really think Kushki won’t sing if either federal or state prosecutors get him by the short and curlies?
      He probably shouldn’t depend on daddy dearest, either – he’ll throw anybody and everybody, except maybe Ivanka, over the side to save his own ass.

      • Alan Tomlinson

        I believe that, if it became “necessary,” Trump would abandon his daughter as well. I simply don’t believe that he is concerned with anyone other than himself.

        Cheers,

        Alan Tomlinson

        • searcher

          If it comes down to it, I’m sure it will be Ivanka’s fault. Trump wouldn’t want to sleep her up the river, but she’d leave him no choice.

          • Trump wouldn’t want to sleep her up the river

            A Freudian sleep?

            • ExpatChad

              Transitive envy.

            • searcher

              Sometimes a cigar is just a penis.

        • Cheap Wino

          I’m not even sure why this is a question. Of course he would throw Ivanka under the bus. And then he would lie about having done it, followed by essentially admitting to having done it while trying to blame somebody else for doing it.

        • TopsyJane

          I believe that, if it became “necessary,” Trump would abandon his daughter as well. I simply don’t believe that he is concerned with anyone other than himself.

          The Times says the feeling, if it exists, may be mutual, and if the heat gets too intense that Jared and Ivanka may well pull up stakes and return to NY. Their circle till now has been mainly liberal and Democratic and both have worked hard to gain a measure of social acceptability denied their disreputable dads. They have lost friends and all of that could go down the tubes. Ivanka is said to have told people, “I didn’t ask for this.”

          In which case they’d be leaving Trump marooned in the White House surrounded by a team that don’t know him well, haven’t been with him long, and have no scruples about undercutting their boss and each other. This is largely Trump’s responsibility because of the kind of boss he is, but it’s possible to feel sorry for him — almost.

    • No Longer Middle Aged Man

      At this point, not forgetting Kushner’s sister’s visa antics in China, I think we can regard the Trump-Kushners as New York’s 6th organized crime family.

      • farin

        “Organized”

    • free_fries_

      I can handle things! I’m smart! Not like everybody says …like dumb…I’m smart and I want respect!

  • Happy Jack

    He is intensely proud of his accomplishments in the private sector

    Does this include 666 Fifth Avenue?

    • No Longer Middle Aged Man

      Wonderful description of Jared in a Politco profile, from someone who worked for him at Observer:

      “We’re talking about a guy who isn’t particularly bright or hard-working, doesn’t actually know anything, has bought his way into everything ever (with money he got from his criminal father), who is deeply insecure and obsessed with fame (you don’t buy the NYO, marry Ivanka Trump, or constantly talk about the phone calls you get from celebrities if it’s in your nature to ‘shun the spotlight’), and who is basically a shithead.”

      • farin

        My favorite part of that is the ‘and’ at the end. Not only is he all these things that make him a shithead, he’s also a shithead.

        • Lost Left Coaster

          Seriously, that is pure gold.

      • Joe Bob the III

        One thing I hope comes out of all this is that people are disabused of the ideas that rich equals smart and that everything needs to run like a business.

        • Gareth

          Trump’s business record was an accurate indicator of how he’d behave in office. So that makes me more likely to vote for an actually successful businessman.

    • Davis

      Well, he’s been quite successful in throwing poor people out of their homes in Baltimore.

  • malraux

    As yglesias is fond of pointing out, when will Trump realize that Ivanka and Kushner are constantly “leaking” information to the press.

    • twbb

      They’re all constantly leaking things to the press while jockeying for power. It’s a classic tragedy of the commons problem where it actually can benefit them while further sinking the whole boat. The problem with Kushner is as bad as he is, if he goes Bannon and/or Miller will likely fill that vacuum.

      • malraux

        It’s more to point out the fact that for a long while, all these leaked pieces talked about how ivanka or kushner were moderating influences on trump, with no evidence for that claim. But it did make them look really good for a while.

        • twbb

          Well we do have their pre-White House lives to evaluate them by. Kushner was a bog standard finance bro sorta liberal, while Bannon has long been a paranoid white nationalist, and Miller a sociopathic opportunist.

      • Lost Left Coaster

        But Jared is the figure, out of all of them, who is most likely to take the whole blimp down. Because I cannot see Trump jettisoning Jared overboard, even when he should. We’ll see, though.

    • Phil Perspective

      Trump probably leaks as well.

  • sleepyirv

    My suspicion is Kushner is the fall guy for Trump. He’s nearly family, so you can trust him more than Bannon or Flynn, but he’s not your actual blood. Also his Pops went to the federal pen, so it runs in his family to go to jail. That never happens to a Trump!

    Of course, even setting up a fall guy involves a level of relative competence that Trump lacks, so I’m sure he’ll find a way to mess this up too.

  • bobbo1

    Jared told Trump firing Comey would be a win, and Trump believed it. He got what he wanted.

  • It’s a sobering thought that it only takes one capable thug in the White House, a Goebbels, Heydrich or Stalin, to knife all the others and establish personal rule.

  • Whirrlaway

    K is a mini-T, totally willing to assume everybody is having the same old dream. I suppose he was attempting to use his gold-plated access to arrange things for Flynn, who had a serious need to talk secretly with a senior Russian military guy. Oh, really? What I want to know, who is this guy, and what was the question?

    … it also seems that the backchannel leak exposes a significant intelligence method/source? In that Kislyak thought he was speaking privately to the home office? or?

    • angrifon

      My bet is a foreign service’s SIGINT source that had already been burned. Germany, Israel, or the UK given the timing of the leak and Trump’s recent gaffes.

  • Thlayli

    Someone linked this on Twitter, and got responses calling it “anti-Semitic” and “Jew-bashing”. I would have said something, but I was laughing too hard at the idea of deplorables playing the race card.

    • AMK

      It’s genuinely of a piece. People like Kushner react to criticism by casting themselves as victims in their own minds. For the Likudnik money set, anything that isn’t fawning adoration or validation is explained by anti-semitism. The profound irony is that most of these people have almost no capacity to recognize actual anti-semitism (like, for example, the white nationalism that powers the Trump base).

  • LosGatosCA

    Well, you have to admit if Kushner avoids jail it’s not a bad sale from the hedge fund perspective.

    In fact, if he has to atone for his sins short of jail by making a large ‘charitable’ donation, they might have picked an excellent investment. Ivanka happens to have a large slush fund handy.

  • jimpharo

    WRONG! The answer is that Drumpf will NEVEH! get rid of Ivanka. Without her, he can’t convince anyone it’s not 25th Amendment time. She is his link to the office. If she goes, he goes. They both know this.

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