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Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Transition in the White House

For John, BLUFThis is a sad commentary on the way DC works.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This appears to be an Editorial out of The Washington Examiner.  And insightful.

Here is the lede plus two:

Before moving into the White House, President-elect Trump needs to double check the Oval Office for trip wires. His predecessor has spent the last month setting traps to ensnare the new administration.

President Obama has more on his mind than an effort to solidify a legacy and nail down policy. He has adopted a guerrilla strategy designed to defame and debilitate.  Inherently political, it's administrative sabotage by extra legislative means and it threatens to hobble Trump.

Obama has prepared what looks like a classic episode from Mad Magazine:  Executive vs. Executive.  Instead of delivering on his own agenda, Trump will be forced to deal with the aftermath of his predecessor's final binge.  They could consume a notable portion of Trump's first 100 days, but if left unaddressed it would stain his administration long term.

So, the way I read this is that their Lordships, the editors of The Washington Examiner believe the Democratic Party did not implode with the election of Mr Trump, but rather immediately went to guerrilla warfare mode in preparation for 2018 (take back the Congress) and 2020 (recapture the Presidency).  The fact that the Democrats are disunited and have no one in line to be the next presidential candidate means nothing.  The muscle memory in the system is working to lay the groundwork for the next 18 months, when the next election begins in earnest.

Here is the sadist sentence in the whole thing, referring to President Obama.

He lacks the grace and modesty to recognize that the country does not want him or his policies any longer.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

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