Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Mr. Trump’s dance card -- Choosing the new administration is proceeding slowly, as usual



President-elect Donald Trump’s critics keep auditioning things to worry about. The latest is the Trump transition, panned as chaotic, dysfunctional and late. Every time the elevator stops at ground floor at Trump Tower, the gaggle of impatient reporters duly note who steps off and who steps on.

The President-elect — any president-elect, Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative — must focus on and recruit the people who will help him run the government, and he has to push away the horde of job-seekers, all of whom are trying to reassure the incoming president that they were for him all along.

Anyone who has been in Washington long enough to watch two or more transitions recognizes that, as the late, great Yogi Berra would put it, watching the Trump transition is like deja vu all over again. In fact, the Donald is moving more quickly than many of his predecessors.

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