The Winners and Losers of Fire and Fury:

I will leave it to others to sort fact from fiction in Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury about President Donald Trump.  Here’s the political fallout and winners and losers.

Wolff.  The book is a bombshell. Regardless of journalistic errors, questions over the author’s true access, or whether specific allegations ring true; anytime the President of the United States threatens a lawsuit against a book’s author and publisher one thing is certain—the book will be a best seller.

As the author of the novel, Roll the Dice, with a plot of a rock star’s campaign for the United States Senate—I’m hoping Trump or a leading Democrat threatens similar legal action against me. That was the best publicity Wolff could receive. 

President Trump.  The President needs a united GOP to enact his legislative agenda through Congress. In the past Nancy Pelosi would unite the Republican Party; now it’s Steve Bannon. Bannon previously announced his intention to run “anti-establishment” Republicans against all incumbent Republican senators except Ted Cruz.  Cut to Lindsay Graham, Mitch McConnell and other Republicans dancing with glee at Bannon’s downfall. The former Breitbart editor has been discredited. He is now apologizing and attempting to walk back his comments, which included calling out all the Trump children. Good luck.  Blasting one’s children is never a smart play.

Democrats. The book feeds raw meat to a hungry lion.  On January 8, Author Wolff appeared on two MSNBC shows: Morning Joe in the a.m. and Lawrence O’Donnell in the p.m.  For Democrats, the book’s portrait of an unhinged Trump is the tonic to rally the base in 2018. Even if there is no collusion with the Russians, or high crime or misdemeanor to impeach, Dems are now claiming Trump is mentally unstable.

White House staff. I pity the fool who allowed Wolff access. Why let this wolf in the door?

Steve Bannon.  Where does he turn?  Since a successful run during the last stages of the Trump campaign, Bannon has been: fired from the White House, led the battle to unseat incumbent Alabama Republican Luther Strange with Judge Roy Moore which led to a Democrat beating Moore, the most singularly flawed candidate I’ve seen. Now his bombastic nature has soured Trump. All parties can question his temperament and judgment.

My take?  There are many criticisms of Michael Wolff’s veracity and journalistic style in outlets as varied as CNN, the New York Times and the Business Insider.  To me, Trump remains the same chaotic, disorganized, blustery, egotist he always was. No news here. Per the book, I do not care if this or any president, no matter who he or she may be, sleeps in separate bedrooms as their spouse. Was the post-Monica Clinton White House boudoir warm and cozy? Who cares?  

The Democratic problem during the Trump presidency has always been misfocused on the personal, idiosyncratic and often disturbing Trump—as opposed to proposing alternative policy and legislation. 

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