Politics, Moderate



The most dangerous man in Washington

Catherine Rampell on

Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the most dangerous White House official of them all?

The Mooch may be out of the running, but there's still a lot of competition.

It's not the guy in charge of our nuclear arsenal, who may or may not have realized that was the core of his job description before accepting the post (Rick Perry).

Nor is it the woman meeting with men's rights advocates (Betsy DeVos).

And it's not the guy who keeps adding financial assets and meetings with Russian officials to his federal disclosure forms (Jared Kushner).

It's neither of the guys rolling back climate change regulations and sidelining scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department (Scott Pruitt and Ryan Zinke, respectively).

It's not the guy who worries that homeless shelters are too comfortable (Ben Carson). Not the guy arguing to dismantle lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights (Jeff Sessions). Not the mastermind of the Bowling Green Massacre (Kellyanne Conway).

To be sure, all these aides and bureaucrats are doing damage. They are degrading norms, enacting bad policy and putting our country and planet at grave risk.

But right now the "most dangerous" title belongs -- aside from the tweeter in chief, of course -- to someone in a much less sexy job, with a much less scandalous background.

It's Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget.


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