Anthony Scaramucci did not last long in Washington, D.C. It was only a matter of time before he got tossed. Scaramucci was so bad that he made Washington look good.
The Mooch showed bitterness, spitefulness, and was unnecessarily provocative. He treated those who were to be his friends worse than his enemies, breaking an established political rule. Perhaps this is because Scaramucci’s only previous, real involvement in politics revolved around money. He forgot, or likely had no clue, that politics is about the hopes and dreams of millions of Americans, encouraging rights established by the Constitution, and strategizing to preserve those rights and hopes for future generations.
Sean Spicer, on the other hand, handled his disagreements regarding Scaramucci with class and distinction. He has offered to stay on to help his successor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, through the transition. It is no mistake that the president asked Spicer not to leave the White House when he offered his resignation. This is because Spicer did a great job and understands loyalty. As a military man, Spicer also respects the chain of command.
As an established communicator and strategist, Sean Spicer helped lead the Republican National Committee to its first presidential victory since 2004. While it is common to say throw the bums out and drain the swamp, which we should say and do, it is important to have some established operatives in the president’s inner circle. These are the people who know people and can help make the president make his great deals. They are also the people who, through years of tried and tested experience, see the landmines before they go off. Anthony Scaramucci was such a landmine. Spicer warned us about him, while remaining loyal to the president and his agenda.
Spicer, like President Trump, sees the need to drain the swamp. During the election cycle, the RNC was sometimes criticized but Spicer was quite forward thinking about where the GOP can and should go. He pushed very hard to set up a GOP Presidential Debate involving conservative only media; an early indicator of pushing back against what has become appropriately termed, Fake News. Though the conservative only media debate did not happen, it is likely to happen as Fake News has been exposed for what they are. The people will demand it.
When times are tough, you want to go and stay with the pros.
Wrestling has often been used as an analogy to describe things in Washington these days. To use a wrestling analogy in this situation, we must turn back to the Monday Night Wars regarding World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
Eric Bischoff, who led WCW to great success, was let go. One after another, others were brought in to replace him, including one replacement whom the great Ric Flair labeled “a clown.” Eventually, it was decided that Bischoff had to be brought back but the deal to bring him back fell through and WCW vanished into history.
While not a perfect analogy, it is an appropriate one.
The White House should do everything it can to keep Spicer on. It needs him.