With the Mooch gone, rationalism finally has a chance
The comedy industry should certainly be giving thanks to Anthony (The Mooch) Scaramucci, and so, too, should the Republican Party. So, too, should Donald Trump. The Mooch might turn out to be the best thing that never happened to him.
“A great day at the White House,” Mr. Trump tweeted following the latest upheavals, including the Mooch’s rapid execution. He could be right. It could turn out, in terms of management style, to be a turning point for the White House.
At the House of Trump, chaos had reached critical mass, Mr. Scaramucci’s plutonium-enriched persona being the prime cause. His smut-laden rampage in a New Yorker interview, besting even the President’s normal ribaldry, was wrenching enough to finally and critically make real change happen, it being the appointment of retired Marine Corps general John Kelly as chief of staff.
As a military man, Mr. Kelly will bring discipline. Frogmarching the Mooch out the door was the perfect opening gambit, establishing his authority. Reince Priebus, the former White House chief of staff, was a welterweight. Competing power centres blossomed all around him, chewed him up, spit him out. The grenade-hurling Mr. Scaramucci’s first act was to blow up Mr. Priebus before thankfully detonating charges under himself.