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Mansplaining: The Kudlow Variation

Trump sets up intra-administration tension by delegating his economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, the task of undermining the credibility of his UN Ambassador and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley:

A striking intra-administration quarrel played out in public when Kudlow told reporters during a briefing in Florida that Haley “got ahead of the curve” when she said the U.S. would be slapping new sanctions on Russia on Monday in retaliation for the country’s support for Syria’s Assad government after its latest suspected chemical attack.

Kudlow said additional sanctions are under consideration but have yet to be implemented. Of Haley, he said, “There might have been some momentary confusion about that.”

Haley had said Sunday during an appearance on “Face the Nation” that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would be announcing new sanctions directed at companies associated with Syria’s chemical weapons program on Monday, “if he hasn’t already.”

But Monday came and went without an announcement.

On Tuesday, following Kudlow’s remark that she must have been confused, Haley said in a statement to Fox News: “With all due respect, I don’t get confused.”

That went well. Nikki knows now that they think she of little brain doesn’t know what she’s doing. But wait! It gets better:

The dispute between Haley’s team and the White House had been playing out largely behind the scenes since Haley’s initial comments. The White House has been struggling to explain Haley’s remarks amid reports that President Donald Trump put the brakes on the new sanctions. Several administration officials have disputed that characterization, saying Haley was out of the loop.

Let’s recap: the White House is saying that the representative of the most powerful nation on earth to the UN Security Council is not included in decisions that affect the way she does her job and makes her look foolish and that’s ok.

Stop digging, dude. More like this and the world will start to realize that we haven’t got a Secretary of State, our CIA Head is meeting with Korean dictators on the sly, and we’ve got a clueless toddler in the Oval Office who has some kind of weird “folie á deux” relationship with Vladomir Putin.

Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, the pilot of that Southwest plane that lost an engine yesterday did a Sully and landed safely. One passenger said it was like a normal landing.

So let’s recognize the competence, level-headedness, professionalism and skill of Tammie Jo Shults. Shults was formerly a US Navy fighter pilot.

Passenger Alfred Tumlinson, of Corpus Christi, Texas, lauded Shults and her crew for their professionalism.

“She has nerves of steel. That lady, I applaud her. I’m going to send her a Christmas card — I’m going to tell you that — with a gift certificate for getting me on the ground. She was awesome,” Tumlinson said “The lady, the crew, everything, everybody was immaculate. They were so professional in what they did to get us on the ground.”

Shults’ brother-in-law, Gary Shults, said her husband also is a Southwest pilot and told him she had made the emergency landing.

“She’s a formidable woman, as sharp as a tack,” said Gary Shults, a dentist in San Antonio. “My brother says she’s the best pilot he knows. She’s a very caring, giving person who takes care of lots of people.”

Some of the best female pilots we have are named Tammie. Like Senator Tammy Duckworth who landed her helicopter after her legs were blown off in Iraq.

Take that, Cadet Bone Spurs.

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10 Responses

  1. Is there a Kudlow persona on SNL yet, so much to work with? Yep, I would definitely find it insulting had my inept, weak, jealous, good ole boy boss sent his good ole boy defunct tool to slice me. But it’s also really good news, it confirms Deplorable Desperate Don is aware his reign is at an end, that he is trapped and the piranha are circling. Mikey and Nicki are showing their hand so on with the palace coup.

    • Nikki Haley has squarely put it on Hillary about who inspired her to get into public service. Too bad she is on the wrong side. On the other hand, if she were in the Democratic party, I feel that she would get lost in the crowd. For all its liberal attitude, Dem. party is not too friendly in promoting women candidates (that may change in 2018) but that is the hard truth. Dems behave like a minority party, too many factions, too many grouses and each fears they won’t get their fair share. Lack of unity and one voice/goal hurts them every time.

    • Kudlow is small potatoes for Haley. She took on all those conservative mfers in SC and won. Too bad she is in the wrong party.

  2. Pilot Tammie was a navy fighter pilot, one of the first women to fly a F-18. So awesome. We had a pilot friend and I had asked him about how they train them for when there is an emergency. He had said they are told repeatedly to ‘Fly the plane’ and that is it, fly the plane.

  3. A work week for most of us but he is golfing.

  4. Actually not true. I decided to not have children because I thought I would regret not having a career or an interesting job more and I am at peace with it. You have to live your life the way YOU see fit.

    • I’m with you. I have 2 children but fully support people who do not. It’s not for everybody and Barbara was a product of her generation where having children and raising them is what women did. We need to quit this narrative about women. It’s old and tired.

      • I thank you for saying that. Most people think it is weird though I didn’t get any push back from my own parents or my in-laws. More importantly lucky for me that my husband felt exactly the same. In fact his exact words were that ‘it is your body and you control it.’ He said that back in India in the first year of our marriage (without any exposure to the R v. W type of debate that happened here). He has been unwavering about that all through these years. There was a momentary excitement when we discussed adoption in the mid 2000s but it didn’t materialize. Like you say it is old and tired and at least some of us need to branch out and see what life is like with a different lens.

  5. It just dawned on me what bothered me so much about Obama. It was the gas lighting. Too bad it took Trump for me to finally figure it out. I remember Obama saying things like Israel does not have a better friend than me and other things along those lines. I can’t remember if Bush 2 used gas lighting or not. Doesn’t really matter I guess.

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