Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Trump Parade Does More Than Entertain ; President-Elect Uses Appointments

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Trump Parade Does More Than Entertain ; President-Elect Uses Appointments

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Generally, Macys Parade is the talk of the town in New York City over Thanksgiving, with their massive inflated cartoon characters and beautiful floats. This year saw Miss Piggy even rescuing nonegenarian crooner Tony Bennett, who nearly fell off his float. But another parade has been going on in New York City this year at Trump Tower, where those who would like consideration for a cabinet position in President-elect Donald Trumps administration have entered, one at a time, for several weeks now.

Imagine the irony: Old Trump campaign foes from Mitt Romney to Carly Fiorina heading into Trump Tower, going up to Trumps plush suite of offices. After their time with the president-elect, they come out to tell the world how positive and constructive the conversation with Trump had been. Suddenly, the man who was decried by them as unfit for the role of president is seen as a visionary leader.

What happened in those meetings with the president-elect to convert some of these office seekers? Was it the same Donald Trump they had such problems with before? Had he shown them a new side of himself they liked better?

Trump didnt have to show a new side to his personality. What had changed was simply Trumps victory. Those office seekers who had problems with Trump have, unsurprisingly, not let those past issues get in the way of a possible cabinet-level appointment.

Taken one way, these ambitious politicos can look rather cravenly, trading in their principles for a bit of power in the new administration. Taken another way, if they feel their previous objections to Trump were not that serious, then they may have resolved they can work under Trump after all.

Still, one wonders what Mitt Romney felt like the day he heard the coveted secretary of state position would go to someone else. He had two very public meetings with Trump as part of the process for being considered for the office. …

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