Two words: Bobby Kennedy.
Why bother being rational at this point? The Left has lost it. They certainly don’t mind Chelsea No-Talent Clinton on NBC making vast sums of money. They don’t mind Chris Stupid-Face Cuomo interviewing Trump. They didn’t mind Bobby Kennedy being Attorney General for his brother.
They do mind Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, advising him. Aside: Who likes their son-in-law that much? It’s impressive.
Another aside: I thought Donald Trump was antisemitic. Wasn’t that the story? He hated Jewish people? When supporters pointed out that his daughter was Jewish, that was dismissed with a wave of a hand. She’s not really Jewish. She converted. Oh, okay. When President Obama sold out Israel at the U.N. and Trump supported Israel, that was dismissed as support for Netanyahu who is a terrible person.
Donald Trump was never antisemitic. He isn’t racist. The usual screeching isn’t working. Interesting tidbits about Jared:
Mr. Kushner, an orthodox Jew, has also made an unlikely ally of Mr. Bannon, an icon of the closed-borders nationalist movement. When Mr. Bannon, a former Breitbart executive, came under attack from Democrats after he was appointed to a White House role, Mr. Kushner assured allies that he had complete faith in Mr. Bannon and described him as a man of character.
Mr. Kushner will not take a salary and plans to work on issues involving the Middle East and Israel; try to forge government partnerships with the private sector; and collaborate with Mr. Trump’s choice for commerce secretary, Wilbur L. Ross Jr., on matters involving free trade, Ms. Gorelick said.
The scion of a prominent Democratic family active in New Jersey politics, Mr. Kushner showed few early signs that he would become a national political power player. A Harvard graduate, he is a lifelong Democrat, liberal on social issues. Like his ideologically limber father-in-law, he has donated to Democratic candidates.
For all that damage, Gorelick walked away from the Fannie Mae mess with $26,466,834 in compensation and “bonuses,” although for what reason and on what merit no one has yet ascertained. The bonus was almost as mysterious as her own original appointment to Fannie Mae as an outgoing Clinton official, given that Gorelick had no banking expertise whatsoever to help manage one of the nation’s most important lending institutions.
In today’s Washington ethos, Gorelick, who owed her job to Bill Clinton, and, thanks to him, made millions as her agency imploded, now writes about the FBI director’s supposed ethical problems as emblematic of a danger to democracy — in a not so subtle fashion to help the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. Gorelick’s public career could charitably be called a textbook case of conflict of interest. Meanwhile, no one any longer recalls the millions of Americans who lost their homes and savings in part due to the consequences of sloppy, unethical, and callous leadership of Washington’s government-sponsored finance and lending.
How did I get on Jamie Gorelick? Oh yes, conflict of interest and Jared Kushner.
Charles Krauthammer says this about Kushner’s conflict,”It’s an invented problem.”
And anti-nepotism laws to prevent the king from appointing all kind of incompetent relatives into sinecure, that’s not the issue here. There are conflicts. I think there are problems having to do with the businesses that Jared has, and the problem that he and other nominees to high positions could have a conflict of interest. But as for nepotism, I don’t think it applies. I think the law probably is on the side of Trump. We had Hillary, who worked on Hillarycare for her husband, and I think those rulings at the time clearing her made a precedent that says it’s okay to use a close relative in high positions. I expect it’s a one-day story.
We’ll see if it’s a one-day story.
There’s always another Trumprage.
Creative Commons: J. Edgar Hoover with JFK and RFK