Right and Left on Anthony Scaramucci’s Dismissal and John F. Kelly’s New Role



Jonathan S. Tobin in National Review:

“There’s a more important story line that has been lost here: […] the firing of the Republican party as we once knew it.”

Lost in all of the reactions to the political whiplash of the past few days, writes Mr. Tobin, is a larger narrative about the strength of the president’s relationship with his own party. With the departures of two of the most prominent establishment figures within the administration, Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer, Mr. Tobin suggests that “the connection between the West Wing and what we used to call the G.O.P. is gone,” and there’s not much Mr. Kelly can do about it. Read more »


From the Left


Anthony Scaramucci on Long Island on Friday.

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Ryan Lizza in The New Yorker:

The sacking of Scaramucci signals that Kelly, a retired Marine general, may actually be empowered to be a true chief of staff.”

In almost every account of Mr. Scaramucci’s dismissal, his profanity-laden interview with Mr. Lizza serves as a turning point, if not a nail in the coffin, in his 11-day tenure as the White House communications director. Here, Mr. Lizza offers his view on the dismissal and the man he can be sure read his article, Mr. Kelly. Read more »


Erik Wemple in The Washington Post:

“There’s nothing clean about the slate that Kelly inherits.”

The White House’s reasoning for Mr. Scaramucci’s departure echoes something included in Sean Spicer’s letter of resignation: wanting to give a new administration official a “clean slate.” According to Mr. Wemple, the very notion of a clean slate in this administration is laughable on its face. Read more »


Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone:

“I already miss Anthony Scaramucci. Of course, he hasn’t officially been fired yet (checks Twitter). […] But it sure seems like he’s not long for this earth.”

These were Mr. Taibbi’s opening lines three days before Mr. Scaramucci’s ouster. We featured his column in this roundup last week, and it only seemed fair to give credit where credit is due: When it came to Mr. Scaramucci’s tenure in the White House, Mr. Taibbi called it. Read more »


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And Finally, From the Center:


Mr. Scaramucci, center, in the Oval Office on Monday hours before his departure was announced.

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Timothy L. O’Brien in Bloomberg:

“A rotating cast of advisers means that Trump will always set the tone, pace and agenda of his administration.”

Helpfully, Mr. O’Brien reminds the president’s critics, supporters and “the rest of us” that none of what has happened in the White House in the past six months is normal, no matter who holds the title of chief of staff. And while it’s “tempting to latch on to the idea that the adults have, at last, taken charge,” Americans who have grown weary of the “parade of carnival sideshows” will get no rest with this administration. Read more »


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