Stinking Thinking on Trump Transition 2017

As President-Elect Trump builds his cabinet, people are complaining from various quarters and making issues where there are none. Much of it centers on Betsy Devos, Secretary of Education, the possibility of Mitt Romney being Secretary of State, news reports that Sarah Palin is not being considered for a cabinet post, the announcement that Trump would not be appointing a special prosecutor for the Clinton email scandals, among others.

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos Does NOT Support Common Core

Let’s start with the false rumor that Secretary Devos supports Common Core, which of course leads to the false rumor that President-Elect Trump is reneging on his promise scrap Common Core.

Here is what Secretary Devos has to say about Common Core as printed on her official website:

Q: There’s been a lot of talk about Common Core. Can you provide some straight talk on this topic?

Certainly. I am not a supporter—period. (emphasis ours)

I do support high standards, strong accountability, and local control (emphasis ours). When Governors such as John Engler, Mike Huckabee, and Mike Pence were driving the conversation on voluntary high standards driven by local voices, it all made sense.

Have organizations that I have been a part of supported Common Core? Of course. But that’s not my position. Sometimes it’s not just students who need to do their homework.

However, along the way, it got turned into a federalized boondoggle.

Above all, I believe every child, no matter their zip code or their parents’ jobs, deserves access to a quality education.

It’s easy to see how the false rumor got started: guilt by association and failure to do basic research.

Mitt Romney

Ah, Willard Mitt Romney. What to say about him? A rabid “Never Trump’er,” he tried to sabotage the Preident-Elect’s campaign. He snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in 2012, handing Obama a second term on a silver platter. If ever the Transition Team should consider public demand in appointing a cabinet post, this is it. We have seen many posts on social media about Romney being considered for Secretary of State and we have yet to find a single person in support of him.

Kellyanne Conway has certainly got more than an eyeful on this. Conway even joined the pile-on against Romney.

“‘Many inside the building believe in reaching out to those who worked against us, but believe Romney is a bridge too far, untrustworthy, and frankly, that there are better alternatives,’ a senior transition aide told POLITICO Thursday.” We agree. Simply put, Romney represents everything #TrumpTrain fought against and appointing him to any role in the Trump administration would be a slap in the face to all of us.

Conservative Treehouse opines that the Romney pick is being floated to gin up negative reaction, so he can be repudiated. The Treehouse has a good track record on their predictions. We can only hope they’re right on this one.

Ted Cruz

President-Elect Trump has a list of SCOTUS appointees already. Cruz is not among them. Still, the specter of him possibly being appointed something looms and feedback on him is almost as negative as Romney’s. Not without good reason. Up till just a few weeks before the election, Cruz was a rabid “Never Trumper” and left the Republican Convention in disgrace after refusing to back the nominee. The Cruz endorsement came quite frankly only because Reince Priebus dropped the hammer and said Repbulicans who don’t support the nominee would not be supported by the party in their runs. Cruz had to back Trump or lose his political career. Thus, we do not find his endorsement to be sincere, and it’s fair to say appointing the man once branded as Lyin’ Ted would not go over very well either.

Sarah Palin

We’ll address the Palin issue more fully on our sister site, but suffice it to say, publisher got into a Twitter war on his personal account with three cultists who did not completely read news reports on her not being considered for a cabinet post. Failure to read and starting Twitter wars is stinking thinking.

Clinton and Special Prosecutor

President-Elect Trump’s decision to not push the issue of a special prosecutor in the matter of Clinton’s emails has generated much angst. We actually agree with him on this. The priority now is building the transition and shaping the government that is going to serve us for the next four to eight years. Sure, he could put his boot on her throat, but that could backfire and be seen as overplaying his hand. Obama could respond by pardoning Clinton – which may happen anyway. For my part, I’m more than satisfied that she lost and her foundation is tanking. She will continue to be investigated anyway, and just because President-Elect Trump won’t appoint a special prosecutor does not mean that Attorney General Sessions won’t. He very well could.

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