The current lull in presidential actions is bound to end soon enough, but in the meantime I’ve been reading a number of interesting takes on what is really going on behind the scenes. I’ll cite three of them.*
There are other interesting articles he has written recently, but I found T. A. Frank’s February 6 article in Vanity Fair, Decoding Stephen Miller’s Nationalist Mind to be particularly helpful in understanding a key player in the drafting of presidential documents.
Likewise, Jamelle Bouie writing for Slate reviews several of the important top aides to POTUS 45 in his cover story dated February 6, Government By White Nationism Is Upon Us. In it he makes a compelling case for how that ideology is going to be dominant with this presidency.
The day before (February 5), the New York Times published a bit of an expose written by Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman entitled Trump and Staff Rethink Tactics After Stumbles that gives an insiders’ view of how the White House is adjusting to some of the negative reactions to the past two weeks. Today, Sean Spicer is reported to have pushed back on this as not being an accurate depiction, but so far apparently there has been no official request from the White House to the NY Times to correct anything in that story.
In some respects, as this administration plays out, it appears likely we will know more about the inner workings than any other in recent times. The unprecedented number of leaks seem to bear that out. I keep hoping it will be a short-lived presidency, but so far, the Republicans in Congress have shown few signs of anything but compliance so as to get their own conservative legislative agenda enacted.
* Tip of the hat to Ross Douthat who suggested via Twitter (@DouthatNYT) the first two articles cited here as a worthy “double header” reading on the issue.