Godfather baptism scene montage, only instead of murders its just prominent Republicans racing to say they aren't available to be chief of staff because of their families and stuff
— BigCrimeHat (@Popehat) December 14, 2018
No matter how broad your satire, it’s simply impossible to outdo the Squatter-in-Chief.
I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction. Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2018
Mick Mulvaney re his time in Congress “If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you.” @GlennThrush https://t.co/w0DRJPuuTy
— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) April 25, 2018
Mick Mulvaney is the GOP’s go-to guy when it comes to not doing jobs they don’t want done. He’s put in some busy months doing his best to gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, while nominally remaining in charge of the Office of Managment & Budget, so I guess it was decided he’s ready for a fresh challenge: Not-managing access to the Oval Office Occupant.
Only remaining question: Did it simply occur to Donny Dollhands that a guy who loved not-doing important jobs was just the right Repub to not-do this one? Or, given Mulvaney’s known proclivities, was there an actual offer of payment made — either to Trump for the announcement, or to Mulvaney for accepting, or both?
Two sources tell NBC News it was Mick Mulvaney who asked for the “acting” title. One source says Mulvaney wanted to enter the position with a safe exit in place, if needed. Source familiar says Trump was eager to kill the talk that "no one wanted to be his chief of staff."
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) December 14, 2018
Won’t this conflict with his Oscars-hosting duties? https://t.co/gDlH6Sv6jf
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) December 15, 2018
Nick Ayers also wanted to be named acting chief of staff. He wanted to take the job on an interim basis with a set departure date in a few months. But Trump protested. He was vehemently against having an acting chief of staff. But guess what? We now have an acting chief of staff.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) December 14, 2018
By lying to the media about Mick Mulvaney becoming “acting” Chief of Staff, Trump just bought himself until January to fill a role no one will take.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) December 14, 2018
Why pick Mulvaney to step in as "acting" just two weeks before Christmas, when Kelly already agreed to stay until January? Probably because it looks bad to have so many people run from the job; maybe because bad news is looking and this was the only way to have a CoS in time.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) December 14, 2018
Told ya. Mulvaney as CoS is truly fake news. Just writing a name in the box so the media stops talking about it. https://t.co/3HIAnvBinS
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) December 15, 2018
Hey, at least it's not the time of year that you would want an OMB director. https://t.co/VER2SjFNx8
— Jonathan Bernstein (@jbview) December 15, 2018
Well, when ya put it that way…
Mick Mulvaney giddily boasts to Hannity: "The person who technically shuts down the government is me, which is kind of cool"https://t.co/VLbDkIbcAN
— Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) January 20, 2018
Let's not forget that Mulvaney is a controversy magnet. Pay to play, Tea Party member, founded House Freedom Caucus, dismissed damaging CBO report on @GOP efforts to repeal ACA by calling the CBO biased, attacked Meals On Wheels, killed consumer protections on predatory lending.
— Forrest Brakeman (@forrestbrakeman) December 14, 2018
A consummate grifter with a penchant for petty, penny-ante bullshit, Mick Mulvaney really is the embodiment of this whole administration. https://t.co/dtfJ1OVg0U
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) April 25, 2018