This morning, I was thinking about all those cool plans that Trump has just sitting in his desk about "extreme vetting" for refugees. It occurred to me that while waiting for court approval, he should use them oe.en his cabinet nominees! And staff appointments. It could avoid all these embarrassments. Even just plain old, standard vetting! "Extreme" wouldn't even be necessary, except in really special cases. Like for son-in-laws.
And so it just happens to happen that Trump's nominee for Veteran Affairs, Dr. Ronny Jackson, has been charged with "excessive drinking," among other problems, like improperly distributing meds. There's action some odd whimsy in all this, given that the the first part of "veteran" is...VET. Seriously, between this and Mike Flynn and staff member like wife-abuser Rob Porter and more, toss in Paul Manafort, one does actually wonder if there is the White House does even vet people. Or if the standard is just that Trump says, "I think I might like them, hire them" and they're in. Or -- "Find out who that is on 'Fox News' and hire them." Joseph DiGenova didn't work out well. Neither did Monica Crowley.
So, who knows, maybe there's no excessive drinking on the job. But then, It would seem that ANY drinking on the job is Really Bad for a doctor. Or really bad for even any job, except maybe wine taster. Of course, "excessive drinking" is so high on the scale it doesn't even register. But that's just me...
On the other hand, if the stories are true and there was excessive drinking on the job by Dr. Jackson, it could explain his report on Trump's physical.
Honestly, I don't think it's absolutely, unequivocally known for 100% certain yet that the charges of excessive drinking on the job are true. But when your Senate confirmation is cancelled, and no new date is announced for rescheduling, it tends to send a huge implication that there's some very big problem.
The thing is, even without this news story, it was bizarre that Trump would have picked Ronny Jackson to Veteran Affairs, which head the second-largest employer in the federal government, despite having no experience at all in heading a large organization. Let alone a massively-large one. Now toss in excessive drinking and improperly distributing meds. It's not a good look.
Bizarre, yes, but sadly not unexpected. I was going to say it's "par for the course," but any phrasing that could get Trump thinking he should be back playing golf should be avoided. Focusing on his job less seems like a truly terrible idea.
"I know all the best people." The problem is that they also know Trump, which is why they're running in the opposite direction as far as they can. And we're left with the remains lying at the bottom of the swamp after it's been drained.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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