Political cartoonists and late-night comedians are in mourning over the loss of
Their affinity is certainly the reason
And so, humorists are bereft. Imagine the cartoons that could have been done, the "Saturday Night Live" impersonations that would have become classics, the opening monologues that could have been built around the antics of the Mooch. Last week, CBS "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert did a long riff on Scaramucci that immediately went viral, a comedic turn which kept network censors busy because it borrowed heavily from Scaramucci's exceedingly profane conversation with New Yorker columnist Ryan Lizza.
That was the conversation in which he blasted Priebus with F-bombs, while also suggesting that Trump senior advisor Stephen K. Bannon engages in a certain anatomically ambitious sex act with himself. Priebus was obviously a soft target — Trump was eager to see him depart — but attacking Bannon was a bad miscalculation. Reportedly, the alt-right guru Bannon joined in the push to get rid of Scaramucci.
The humorists' loss is the country's gain. As entertaining as it may have been, Scaramucci would have only encouraged Trump to be Trump — an undisciplined, boastful, ignorant, vindictive man-child who, in the words of conservative foreign policy expert Max Boot, "is not qualified intellectually, morally or ethically to be president."
As long as we are stuck with Trump, it will be good to have a stable presence, Kelly, as a gatekeeper in the Oval Office. The question may be if Kelly will be willing and able to keep the job as the Trump presidency descends even deeper into a legal quagmire.
Besides the Scaramucci firing, the other big news on Monday was the Washington Post report that the president wrote his son's misleading and mendacious first account of a meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russians with deep ties to Vladimir Putin's government. Trump's lawyers, of course, denigrated the story as "fake news," which pretty much confirms that the Post's journalists are on to something.
White House sources said Trump staffers tried to dissuade the president from spinning Donald Trump Jr.'s version of events, apparently aware that his concoction of fibs and evasions would bring their boss perilously close to committing obstruction of justice. Trump ignored them.
Will he be able to ignore Kelly if the new chief of staff objects to his lies? And, if he is ignored, how many lies will Kelly tolerate before his principles compel him to resign?
That is a dilemma that would never have troubled a wise guy like Scaramucci.