COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., November 28, 2016 — The conventional media is reporting on Donald J. Trump, our president-elect, in conventional terms. That means they are using conventional premises that lead to conventional conclusions.
It’s been so long since America has had a truly brilliant strategist behind the Resolute desk that perhaps we have lost all capacity to see one when he’s standing before us. We won’t be able to judge this new president, of course, until the dust has well settled.
Certainly not two months before the man even recites the oath of office.
However, using this past week-end’s presumptive flight off the Trump reservation of Kellyanne Conway, one might see in her remarks the seeds of a Trump presidency. If we give the man at the new top full credit, this week-end bodes very well for the near future of the US of A.
Premise Number One: Safe to say that Conway, Trump’s former campaign manager and the senior adviser to his transition team, who publicly and brutally trashed Mitt Romney as Secretary of State on all the Sunday news shows would not have a job come Monday.
Premise Number Two: The fact that she has continued to be employed by Trump Incorporated and that the candidate himself has been strangely silent on her supposed defection, leads one to believe that her off-the-reservation act was simply that: an act.
Premise Number Three: If her remarks were carefully scripted with her boss’s approval, that fact alone speaks volumes about the manipulative perspicacity of President-Elect Trump.
Think about it: The winner reached out, not just to an establishment “Never-Trumper,” but to a former Republican presidential candidate who saw fit to go public many times with attacks on his moral character.
Not his policies, but his very fitness to lead.
And this same man is brought into the Trump Tower, with trumpets blazing (pun intended) to petition the presumptive leader for a high-profile job as his Secretary of State. For this meeting alone, Mitt Romney received top exposure, was essentially resurrected from the grave to be considered as a top foreign policy guru working for his former nemesis.
If the President-Elect had wished revenge on this early flame thrower, he could not have scripted matters more perfectly. The overture in the first place addressed his supposedly loose cannon image, and showed him to be a magnanimous and wholly impartial man who will be selecting the “best person for the job,” regardless of personal animosities.
In doing so, Trump circled his wagons around the establishment Republicans, removing one of their arguments against him. “He brought one of us inside his magic circle. Perhaps he really does want to smoke the peace pipe!”
But wait! There’s more! He brings the man in for his first “Come to Jesus” meeting. Romney exits filled with hopes and still encircled by the addictive gold sparkle of the Trump penthouse offices. His name is in all the papers.
He is in a power seat again.
Then, Conway and several Trump heavy hitting insiders begin taking Romney to task, publicly and brutally. Conway said on the Sunday TV shows:
“I’m not campaigning against anyone. I’m just a concerned citizen. I’m not trying to make the news. I’m trying to reflect the news here. And I am just astonished at the breathtaking volume and intensity of blow back that I see just as one person close to the president-elect.”
Conway’s public repeated criticism is a striking development as Trump looks to fill one of the most important Cabinet positions. Others in contention for the slot include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a campaign ally, Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and former CIA Director David Petraeus.
Conway added that Trump loyalists feel “betrayed” by the president-elect’s consideration of Romney — who railed against Trump during the campaign — for his Cabinet.
“People feel betrayed to think Gov. Romney, who went out of his way to question the character and the intellect and the integrity of Donald Trump, now our president-elect, would be given the most significant Cabinet post of all,” Conway said on NBC.
“I’m hearing from people who say, ‘Hey, my parents died penniless, but I gave $216 to Donald Trump’s campaign and I would feel betrayed,’” she said on CNN.
Governor Mike Huckabee echoed Conway’s defection on Fox and Friends when he said, “(Romney) attacked (Trump) on a personal level about his character, his integrity, his honor.”
“When you do that, there’s only one way that Mitt Romney can be considered for a post like that, and that is if he goes to a mic in a very public place and repudiates everything he said in that famous Salt Lake City speech and everything he said after that — Donald Trump wasn’t fit, that he lacked character. I mean, on and on.”
“When you go after the person that is the nominee of your party, who has been duly nominated by the voters, and then you’re savaging the voters, you’re not just savaging Donald Trump,” Huckabee said.
“It would be a real insult to all those Donald Trump voters who worked really hard.”
Romney again is invited back to the magic tower. This time, for a meal and a meeting. Clearly, Romney is being courted. Never mind what Trump insiders have said over the week-end. Washington gossip. That’s all it was.
Now, when Trump swoops in and chooses another for the coveted Secretary of State position, what has been accomplished?
1. Trump has co-opted the Republican naysayers, openly, with fanfare.
2. Trump has selected his first choice, a person who perhaps was a front-runner all along.
3. And, perhaps most deliciously, Trump’s team has been able to put Mitt Romney firmly in his place, publicly and with precision scalpel work.
No surgeon, not even Dr. Ben Carson, a Trump supporter and accomplished neurosurgeon, could have eviscerated the malcontent, Romney, with more precision or delicate finesse.
If this scenario is remotely close to the truth, think what our new president may do to Mr. Putin?!