Master showman Trump had a great weekend

Moving the interview process for senior appointees out to the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster was a smart move in terms of the images the public saw over the weekend.  As the wise Andrew Malcolm notes this morning in his column for McClatchy:

With media hanging on every rumor, the appointment process can also be useful theater for politicians, showing a thoughtfulness and breadth of considerations though most are mere courtesy. News consumers, however, would be well-served to avoid placing much stock in the flurry of names batted about like beach balls at a rock concert.

Of course, no one can move into the Oval Office without meeting with Henry Kissinger. But it’s a useful symbol of class and outreach for a vengeful real estate magnate, now president-elect, to invite in Mitt Romney, his harshest GOP campaign critic, for an amiable get-together.

If the meeting had taken place at the Trump Tower, there would have been no possibility for the impressive body language Bedminster enabled:

This theatre demonstrating Trump’s openness, generosity, and power is playing concurrently with the hysterical derangement of Trump’s critics.  He knows how to use images.  It is only a matter of time for a lot of reassessment of the man.  Thanksgiving approaches, and for better or worse, politics may be discussed over turkey.

Moving the interview process for senior appointees out to the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster was a smart move in terms of the images the public saw over the weekend.  As the wise Andrew Malcolm notes this morning in his column for McClatchy:

With media hanging on every rumor, the appointment process can also be useful theater for politicians, showing a thoughtfulness and breadth of considerations though most are mere courtesy. News consumers, however, would be well-served to avoid placing much stock in the flurry of names batted about like beach balls at a rock concert.

Of course, no one can move into the Oval Office without meeting with Henry Kissinger. But it’s a useful symbol of class and outreach for a vengeful real estate magnate, now president-elect, to invite in Mitt Romney, his harshest GOP campaign critic, for an amiable get-together.

If the meeting had taken place at the Trump Tower, there would have been no possibility for the impressive body language Bedminster enabled:

This theatre demonstrating Trump’s openness, generosity, and power is playing concurrently with the hysterical derangement of Trump’s critics.  He knows how to use images.  It is only a matter of time for a lot of reassessment of the man.  Thanksgiving approaches, and for better or worse, politics may be discussed over turkey.

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