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Drezner on Trump Admin: Harsh, but Fair

Read the whole thing:  The beclowning of the executive branch.

The run-down of major about the administration over a 24 hour period is pretty astounding.

Also, I have to concur about the following observation about Jared Kushner:

Again, let’s just stop for a second and consider the fact that the person described by himself as “first among equals” in the White House has been given the lead on U.S. relations with Canada, Mexico, China and the Middle East, has also been asked to run a White House Office of American Innovation, and will now also apparently be running point on improving the criminal justice system. This is a person whose prior background suggests no particular competence in any of these areas of government. His only qualification for White House service appears to be that he married well.

The list of assignments is truly insane.

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About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

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  1. M. Bouffant says:

    No doubt most of Prince Jared’s money comes from his convicted criminal father. Per the Wiki:

    Illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering. Served time in federal prison.

    This is especially nice:

    The witness-tampering charge arose from Kushner’s act of retaliation against William Schulder, husband of his sister Esther, who was cooperating with federal investigators; Kushner hired a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law, arranged for an encounter between the two to be secretly recorded, and had the tape sent to his sister.

    Just the sort of people we need in the Executive Mansion.

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  2. Mikey says:

    And we’re only ~70 days into a 1400-plus day term.

    We. Are. Utterly. Screwed.

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  3. Ebenezer_Arvigenius says:

    Just the sort of people we need in the Executive Mansion.

    While I don’t consider him qualified for his position I’m adamantly against holding their parents against people. This is some weird pre-modern inheritance nonsense.

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  4. MarkedMan says:

    @Ebenezer_Arvigenius: Normally I would agree about not holding parents behavior against the kids but in this case he is a long term executive in his fathers company. It is legitimate to look at the ethics of his business associates.

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  5. CSK says:

    How is Bannon going to take this? Isn’t he supposed to be the one running the puppet show?

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  6. gVOR08 says:

    At least my fear of Trump becoming an autocrat have been assuaged by his utter incompetence.

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  7. Gustopher says:

    @Mikey: I’m really curious about how many tasks he will be given by the end. Almost four years to give Wee Little Jared more and more responsibility.

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  8. gVOR08 says:

    @M. Bouffant: Jared’s father was convicted, and in Jared’s view unnecessarily humiliated, by Chris Christie. Yet Christie still hangs around begging for a bone. It would be sad, if it weren’t so freaking funny.

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  9. Slugger says:

    Any Constitutional Conservatives out there? This seems like a pretty important portfolio for someone who has not gone through the Advice and Consent process.
    Bobby Kennedy had a big role in his brother’s administration, but RFK had an official Cabinet appointment. Hillary made noises about being a co-president during the Clinton Healthcare effort. The Clinton proposal was shot down, and HRC became tainted with a reputation for being high handed that has lasted to this day.
    Let me add a petty note. Is Ivanka paying rent for her White House office? It is a pretty tony address for a fashionista, and as one of the co-owners of the place, I want my due.

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  10. Kari Q says:

    @Ebenezer_Arvigenius:

    While I don’t consider him qualified for his position I’m adamantly against holding their parents against people. This is some weird pre-modern inheritance nonsense.

    In general, I agree with you. If Kushner had achieved his current position of influence through his own merits and ability, his father would be irrelevant. Unfortunately, his only claim is nepotism, which makes who he is tied to seem more significant than it otherwise would be.

    Of course, his father’s misconduct is clearly far down the list of important considerations at the moment.

    @gVOR08:

    I had a similar thought: Trump’s malevolence is countered by his incompetence.

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  11. Gustopher says:

    Perhaps the next time we have someone run government like a business, we should hope for someone who hasn’t bankrupted his businesses time and time again?

    Or perhaps we should stop trying to run things as if they were other things.

    “I tried to run my race horse like a car, but he couldn’t keep up with traffic on the interstate, and then when I refueled him at the gas station he started vomiting until he finally keeled over and died with the gas nozzle still wedged down his throat. I blame the environmentalists.”

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  12. al-Alameda says:

    @gVOR08:

    Yet Christie still hangs around begging for a bone. It would be sad, if it weren’t so freaking funny.

    The extent to which Trump completely emasculated the Republican line-up of candidates is nothing short of amazing. And Trump had some of them fitted for dog collars, the best dog collars – Rick Perry is in the Cabinet, Chris Christie is on the team too.

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