By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
The news that Governor Chris Christie is leading the “Trump transition” team (months before the nominating convention and down by double-digits in the polls, but whatever) isn’t surprising, Save Jerseyans.
What is surprising? Even at this late hour in a cycle where little seems to make logical sense?
How anyone still believes the mainstream media’s lazy headlines pushing a Trump vs. Establishment narrative. It’s preposterous. More so by the hour.
We don’t even need to look at Trump’s past, recent or otherwise, or even his post-Indiana flip-flops on issues including the minimum wage and campaign self-funding.
Just since becoming “presumptive” last week in Indiana…
- NBC announced that, in his capacity as transition czar, “Christie’s team will conduct a search for candidates to fill top cabinet level positions and the roughly one thousand executive branch job openings that require Senate confirmation.” Does it get any more establishment than the Governor of New Jersey? The former RGA chairman who works with Democrat bosses, strikes centrist stances on major issues and ‘hugged’ Barack Obama?
- Despite denials, well-placed rumors persist that former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the pro-choice Homeland Security guru of the Bush years, is now slated to take over DHS should Trump prevail in November. The man who would be in charge of enforcing Trump’s immigration policies isn’t historically tough on the issue. Not exactly Tea Party? Fair enough?
- And then there’s Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s new finance chairman who, according to his Bloomberg profile, was not only a partner at Goldman Sachs (gasp!) and a major Democrat donor but also worked at Soros Fund Management LLC (double gasp!). Does it get any more establishment than that?
Vote for Trump if you’re willing to risk that the lesser of two evils will actually produce less evil, folks. I’m not going to try to dissuade you.
I’m not even suggesting key establishment picks are all bad. I’ve never been a purity-for-profit guy myself.
But for those of you – and there are many of you – whose sole rationale for voting Trump hangs on the promise of an “anti-establishment” house-cleaning? Kicking the Wall Street Northeaster GOP centrist types to the curb in the name of We the People or whatever?
Prepare to be disappointed.