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Who’s to govern?

July 30, 2016

It is probably a stretch to worry about who’s to govern if The Donald is elected, but let’s review recent history.

Back in 1980, the newly elected President, Ronald Reagan,  followed the Nixon/Ford Presidencies of 1969-1977.  That “Establishment” opposed Reagan during the three times he sought the office President. The federal bureaucracy had been staffed by Republicans during the Nixon-Ford era, but not by conservatives. At the time of Reagan’s election, many conservatives wondered if there were enough of “us” to fill the 3,000 presidential appointments that would shape Reagan’s Administration.

Though the conservative “movement” had been underway since 1964, conservatives were not organized into their own Party and were compelled to work within the GOP. Reagan faced the difficult task of filling top appointments with Republicans, most of whom opposed him during his political career.

Unfortunately, though Reagan himself was very conservative, those who surrounded him when he was Governor of California were not.  From that deficiency came the many mistakes in personnel and policy of his Administration.

One of Reagan’s first mistakes was the choice of George H. W. Bush to be Reagan’s Vice President. That was followed by including Bush’s campaign manager, James Baker in the management White House threesome of Ed Meese, James Baker and Mike Deaver.

Meese, now an icon of the conservative movement, was a moderate with little to no conservative credentials apart from his loyalty to Ronald Reagan.  Meese made the critical mistake of arranging for a professional head hunter, Pendleton James, to head White House Personnel.

If Ronald Reagan’s White House personnel office was a disaster in terms of appointments of conservatives, what will Donald Trump’s presidential personnel office look like. Indeed, since Trump disdains the study of “policy” as too confining, whom will he choose to manage policy?

 

 

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