The first big domino has fallen. Donald Trump has named Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to be the nation’s next attorney general.
The New York Times, which went to press with this story nine minutes ago as of press time, gives its liberal readership much to fear about the appointment. The article notes for example:
In testimony before the [Senate Judiciary Committee in 1986], former colleagues said that Mr. Sessions had referred to the N.A.A.C.P., the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and other civil rights groups as “un-American” and “Communist-inspired.”
I find myself wondering where the punchline is. Of the groups mentioned, the NAACP in particular has become something of an unfunny joke, and the obsession among the Left with social justice is one of the reasons the Democrats were voted out of power.
Also breaking at this hour is word that the president-elect has chosen his CIA director.
Trump has offered position of CIA director to US Rep Mike Pompeo and Pompeo has accepted -transition official
— Steve Holland (@steveholland1) November 18, 2016
This appointment is also likely to offend the Left for some of the same reasons as the Sessions pick. Here’s former Obama chief strategist David Axelrod:
.@realDonaldTrump appt. of Rep. Pompeo will alarm both civil libertarians and intelligence pros, putting a right-wing pol at helm of CIA.3/3
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) November 18, 2016
Overall, these developments should take the starch out of the mainstream media’s bogus claims that the Trump transition team is moving too slowly with its cabinet appointments to be ready for prime time by Inauguration Day. How silly are these trumped-up charges? Here’s Axelrod again with a comparison:
We hadn't made any major appointments at this point in 2008. I don't remember being criticized for it. https://t.co/3yXvA8g6bL
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) November 17, 2016