On the roster: Trump’s communicators: As disciplined as he is unruly – Trump-tees up trade fight with China – poll: Trump must be conflict, Russia’s sample – listening: Backfield in motion – So sick of talking about the work of the these things!
TRUMP’S COMMUNICATORS: AS DISCIPLINED AS HE IS UNRULY
The Americans are about to learn their language has much more of the letter “R”, than you previously knew, a Rhode Islander , Sean Spicer gets ready to take over as White House press secretary.
As they say, in Spicer’s home state: “you have no idea…”
Spicer, who has been flacking for Reince Priebus at the Republican National Committee since 2011, increasingly, on the biggest podium in the world of political communication. And if you, the spot in the order of Donald Trump means that the podium will have a bull’s-eye right on the front.
The press Secretary has the task, first and foremost, to sell (or to defend) a management that acts. Then comes the tricky part: to act as an advocate for the press and the public in the White house in favor of transparency and access.
Each new government tries to strike new paths in the press, and this will be no exception. But, perhaps even more than others before him, Trump understands the power of the press to the Form of perception.
Spicer ‘ s time in the Navy, might have taught him enough about evasive maneuver, he can find a safe course between the jagged rocks of the accountability and messaging.
He rounds a communications team, looking to be led by Kelly Anne Conway, who, although a pollster by profession, has proven to be the effective communicator for the next government, and the best trump card-to-English translators in the business.
Conway took a leading position as “adviser to the President,” but it seems clear that the job is as a message maven for the White house and the Republicans hope to continue as “the trump-whisperer” – the wife, the boss back to the script.
Jason Miller slides in the communications director of the slot with the unenviable task of message-management-administration-filled with many political neophytes. The trump team has a free-for-all ” approach to beat the communication during the campaign, with a remarkably large number of spokespersons and surrogates, the airwaves and speaks to the journalists. Miller’s task will be to act as a gatekeeper for the press, but especially for his own team. Less neurotransmitters means less news and less confusion.
What is remarkable, on the Conway-Miller-Spicer triad is that all of them are experienced GOP operatives with years of experience across multiple levels of the business from policy.
After a lot of speculation that Trump would end up with a wild card on the podium, or someone, to try to stiff-arm the media, he ended up with a well-credentialed team that seems to be inclined to spurn the unnecessary drama the, please soon, chief of staff Priebus.
It is a lot of rivalry between Priebus and Steve Bannon, the nationalist provocateur, helped turn Trump is a populist message into the political detonators. Conway, they say, the Team is the Bannon, is not in the Team Priebus.
If this is true, it could spell trouble down the line. But for today, Trump selection suggest meeting, he’s on Board with the Priebusian idea of message discipline and good order.
Or as they say in Rhode Island, “smaht play it.” Remember, you have to make up for all the additional Rs somewhere…
THE RULES OF THE GAME: A REAL REPUBLIC
“Could be a further proof be required of the Republican complexion of this system, the crucial could be, in its absolute prohibition of titles of nobility, both under the Federal and the state governments; and in its express guarantee of the Republican form to each of the latter.” – James Madison, Federalist 39
TIME OUT: THE TIME WASTED
You make the most of the waste of your time? New York’s Adrian Chen offers his reviews of the best simple smartphone games for adults this year. Read more: “Stripped down of the need the games for pure escapism. I began to think that it was wired as a healthy alternative to Twitter, the fulfillment of the need for constant stimulation in our brain, without the psychological toll of learning, what is wrong with the world is going wrong in real time. In 2017, maybe we need more.”
[Ed. Note: The tennis game is fantastic!]
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TRUMP TEA TRADE FIGHT WITH CHINA
WaPo: President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday named billionaire investor Carl Icahn and vocal China critic Peter Navarro as a high-level White House advisers, relies on controversial figures from his campaign to help shape its economic agenda. Trump announced that Navarro would lead the National Trade Council, a newly created group within the White house, that the trump-the transition team said, would be equivalent to the historically powerful roles, the National security Council and the National economic Council. Navarro, a business professor at the University of California, Irvine, has been a sharp critic of globalization and trade with China, will help the strategy in the negotiations that address the decline of jobs in the production and implementation of Trump’s promise of “Buy American, hire American”. … Icahn, one of the few hedge-Fund investors, supported the trump card in his campaign, to serve as special consultants, monitoring of the regulatory reform.”
POLL: TRUMP MUST BE CONFLICT, RUSSIA PROBE
USA Today: “[A] majority of Americans, including one in five trump voters say the President-elect has not done enough to prevent conflicts between the interests of the company and the nation’s interests. And nearly 2-1, respondents say that the upcoming government should be investigating whether Russia to interfere in the American elections, and that is a conclusion of U.S. intelligence that Trump dismissed first. … Trump has seen his favorable-unfavorable ratings improve since the election, in a dismal 31%-61% in the USA TODAY/Suffolk poll at the end of October to 41%-46% now. … But Trump is also the 46.1% share of the votes, which he was carrying was. In the new survey, 5% of those who supported him, have an unfavorable opinion and 11% are undecided.”
Lamp fever? Big NAMES SAID TO THE DUCK TRUMP FIRST
NME: “Celine Dion is the latest big name rumored to have declined Donald Trump.The President-elect is to be understood, to have run great difficulty in booking the acts at his inauguration ceremony in Washington, DC next month (January). Opera singer Andrea Bocelli fell earlier this week, allegedly because the fans reacted strongly to the news that he may be performing for Trump. Garth Brooks is also believed to have rejected an offer from the President-elect. According to TheWrap, a close friend of Trump’s, Las Vegas hotelier Steve Wynn, had vowed to secure a performance of Dion for the 20. January inauguration, but was unable to keep his promise…in the Meantime, the lineup for Trump’s pre-inauguration ‘All-American Ball” has been announced, and it is less than stellar. It includes performances from Nashville singer/songwriter Beau Davidson, ’80s cover band The Reagan years, the only songs that were released when Ronald Reagan was President), and The Mixx, which is not calculated as a ‘Mid-Atlantic’ s hottest y Band!'”
Counter-programming – Politically: “Mark Ross, a concert promoter and son of the late Time Warner CEO Steve Ross, is in the process of putting together a large-scale concert [in Miami] with the title ‘We the people’ DIRECTLY in competition with Donald Trump’s inauguration.”
[But LDS still says Yes! – The leaders of the Mormon tabernacle choir has confirmed it will be his seventh appearance at a presidential inauguration.]
THE JUDGMENT OF THE JUDGE: SOMEDAY AT CHRISTMAS
Fox Senior Legal Analyst judge Andrew Napolitano offers a meditation on Christmas in his finest Socratic form. “What if we don’t live this mask but? What if we tell our heart and mean by our words – Merry Christmas?” You can read it here.
AUDIBLE: BACKFIELD IN MOTION
“I said to the reporters, I had a great stay, and we were the wishbone again great. I told them I was the Secretary knew of the offense and the Trump how to run the ball across the field. Then I went back to my hotel and laughed my ass off.” – Former Dallas Cowboys Coach Barry Switzer , Politically on pranking the press corps to believe that he met with the President-elect.
Clinton team kept tabs on the electoral revolt of effort – Politically
Bash the ‘stache? The trump team, says the chief is all about “the look” – WaPo
Revenge of the swamp things: Goldman receives top-billing in the Trump world – Bloomberg
Former campaign manager Lewandowski cashing in on Trump’s ties to K Street – Politico
Eric Trump steps back from his charity, the fear of ethical ‘swamp’ – NYT
Jet Blue passenger booted for the confrontation with the passenger Ivanka Trump – The hill
Obamacare enrollments jump – AP
Poll: Biden tops list of 2020 Dems, but the biggest haul is for “someone new”– USA Today
FROM THE STANDS
“Chris, great analysis of Obama’s “term of office”, especially in view of the lies. So I’m amazed that you buy his assertion that it was not a smidgeon of corruption at the IRS. You think Trump will think so too?” –William garden, Normal, IL
[Ed. Note: thank you, Mr garden. This was a big Problem. I had forgotten all about the IRS… although I doubt that I will be able to say the same thing in April.]
“I enjoy it ‘mid-term report,” and her appearances on Fox News. Today, you have said that the Obama administration has already pretty much free of sexual impropriety, self-dealing and payola. You also mention a number of things where the Obama administration flat-out lying to the American public and the Congress. Later in today’s edition of the report, allegations that the administration punished, climate skeptics, including the dismissal of one of the leading scientists. It has not been mentioned, such as the Federal authorities used to punish conservative groups and to harass political opponents–IRS audits, OSHA inspections, etc. corruption can take many forms. I contend that the Obama administration has already damaged right. The Solyndra fiasco is, I believe, an example of payola. – Jim Miller, Southlake, Texas
[Ed note: Solyndra is certainly brushed close to payola. The presence of the donor in the company and on the team of monetary stimulus was rank even by Washington standards draw. But as you point out, most of the corruption in the Obama era seemed to be either ideologically or politically motivated, not for personal gain.]
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SO SICK OF THESE THINGS, TALK ABOUT WORK!
Santa Fe New Mexican: “epidemiologists at the [New Mexico] Department of Health, examines your Agency’s own annual holiday luncheon, after dozens of employees reported sick after the party last week. Over 70 people claim to know to have gastrointestinal problems after the event taken care of, at the Harold Runnels building was home to more than 200 employees, according to a spokesman. Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher wrote in an E-Mail to staff Monday that the investigators have not yet identified a specific food from the party that have caused the outbreak. A team from the Department of epidemiology and response division ” is of the view that there might be a cross-contamination of the menu served points, during the lunch,’ she wrote.”
Chris Stirewalt , the politics editor for Fox News. Will FOX News mid-term report in you Inbox every day? You can register here.
Chris Stirewalt, Fox News Channel (FNC) entered into force in July 2010 and serves as digital politics editor based in Washington, DC in addition, he is the author of the daily “Fox News First political news note and hosts “Power Play,” a feature video series, on FoxNews.com. Stirewalt makes frequent appearances on the network, including “The Kelly File”, “special report with Bret Baier” and “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.” He also provides expert political analysis for Fox News coverage of state, congressional and presidential elections.