Slightly open thread—Omarosa, the gift who keeps on giving
OK, when news first broke last week that former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman (Hello, Newman!) had recordings of White House meetings, many including Donald Trump, the collective reaction was a huge yawn.
But now it seems as if there's some "there" there.
And, of course, it gets better with this Maggie Haberman tweet.
The question isn't so much what's on the tapes. We can imagine all sorts of vileness and depravity. The issue is that the recordings exist at all. Far from hiring "the best people", the Trump regime is nothing but a ramshackle operation, as no one of any competence wants to work for it. The idea that that anyone in the Obama or Bush Jr administrations would even be allowed to walks around with unsecured mobile phones is laughable on the face of it. But it seems to be standard practice, starting at the top with Trump's own unsecured phone. And, of course, the main thing is that these phones are susceptible to hacking. So what Omarosa has on her phone others might have as well. And who knows how many other staffers are recording conversations in acts of self-preservation. When you have a mob boss on the top, you'd better watch out for yourself.
But this was the inevitable result when voters decided to take a gamble on a louche reality-show star, or register a protest vote for a batty Green Party candidate, rather than put the government in the hands of a competent, accomplished woman. "What could go wrong?" As the past almost two years have shown, lots.
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