Politics, Moderate



Paging personnel

Kathleen Parker on

The exit doors seem especially busy with women these days.

"They're keeping their heads down and getting the hell out of there," a recent evacuee told me. Though a Republican loyalist who has worked in three administrations, she bolted after three months on a job when she realized that Trump world was a cartoon version of "Lord of the Flies."

"No one's in charge," she said.

The pace of voluntary departures is likely to pick up as Democrats appear closer to taking back the House and Senate in November. What profit would there be in sticking around? A Democratic Congress led by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer could theoretically begin impeachment proceedings against Trump. The Senate Banking Committee, if led by now-ranking Democrat Sherrod Brown (assuming Ohio re-elects him) and featuring Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts), would no doubt delight in closely examining Trump's multiple bankruptcies.

The effect of such events would be to humiliate Trump, who hates to lose, and essentially neuter his power to move legislation. Rather than draining the swamp, he would have instigated an exodus of good people, reinforced the status quo, and lent a helping hand to an increasingly left-leaning Democratic Party.

In the interim, poor Weyeneth, who is only 24 after all, is just a kid on a fast ride, who, through no fault of his own has become both emblem and embodiment of the Trump administration's recklessness and lack of seriousness. He deserves a job commensurate with his accomplishments -- and American people deserve grown-ups in the White House.


Kathleen Parker's email address is kathleenparker@washpost.com.

(c) 2018, Washington Post Writers Group


blog comments powered by Disqus

Social Connections


Gary Markstein Mike Luckovich Michael Ramirez Mike Lester Signe Wilkinson Jeff Danziger