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A Disaster In Full

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In addition to the terrible policy consequences likely to arise from a Trump presidency, the fact that nobody at the top levels of the White House has any idea what they’re doing is a rather major problem for the country:

Trump’s elevation to the presidency has people worried about everything from the collapse of America’s democratic institutions to the spectacle of violence in the streets.

But it’s worth recalling that any presidency also features a range of more or less banal crises in which the fate of the nation and the world is nonetheless at stake. Can Trump really tear up the nuclear agreement with Iran without completely destablizing the Persian Gulf, for example? I’m not sure, I’m sure that Trump is not sure, and I’m frankly skeptical that Priebus is the right person to figure it out.

From the Mariel boatlift to Hurricane Katrina to the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak, weird apolitical crises strike and need to be handled. Financial markets sometimes need soothing. Sometimes it looks like a war is going to break out in the Taiwan Strait.

It’s great that Trump has decided to make the premier digital popularizer of white nationalism the second most important person in his White House rather than the first. But the presidency is still a really big job that Trump has no relevant experience for. Priebus works as an “establishment” figure who has also earned Trump’s trust. But he’s never worked in the White House or even in Wisconsin state government. Trump needs people who can help him actually run the government. More to the point, the country needs people who can help Trump actually run the government.

Falling over ourselves to praise Priebus as a responsible choice simply sets the bar too low given the stakes.

The Republican Party has reacted to the systematic incompetence of the Bush administration by installing a White House that consists of nothing but Mike Browns. Personal to Jim Comey: heckuva job!

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