Monday, July 31, 2017

After Reince


In an unprecedented move, President Donald Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci as communications director over the objections of Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Scaramucci has publicly and humiliatingly criticized Priebus, calling him a "paranoid schizophrenic" who will be pushed out soon, and let it be known that the only person he reports to is the President himself, not the chief of staff -- a stunning arrangement for a communications director and a sign of debilitating weakness for a sitting chief of staff.
Reince Priebus has discovered quicker than most what all chiefs come to learn eventually: that the White House chief of staff position is the most difficult and thankless job in government. In a job where burnout and short tenures are the norm, reports abound that President Donald Trump, frustrated by the new administration's numerous missteps, may replace Priebus in what would be a record-breakingly short tenure for a chief of staff in the nation's history (save for those chiefs that finished out the end of an administration). In fact, rumors abound that Anthony Scaramucci himself is being considered as a replacement for Priebus. This would be a disaster. A creature of Wall Street, Scaramucci has never worked in government, the White House, or the West Wing.
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For the rest of this CNN Opinion piece, click here.

White House Chiefs of Staff, 1969-2017

Below is a list of modern White House Chiefs of Staff (1969-2017) compiled for a book I am co-authoring on the topic.

Chief of Staff                                     Tenure             President                     Party
Harry Robbins (H.R.) Haldeman        1969-73           Nixon                          Republican
Alexander M. Haig, Jr.                       1973-74           Nixon                          Republican
Donald H. Rumsfeld                          1974-75           Ford                            Republican
Richard M. Cheney                             1975-77           Ford                            Republican
William Hamilton M. Jordan              1979-80           Carter                          Democratic
Jack H. Watson, Jr.                             1980-81           Carter                          Democratic
James A. Baker III                              1981-85           Reagan                                    Republican
Donald T. Regan                                 1985-87           Reagan                                    Republican
Howard H. Baker, Jr.                          1987-88           Reagan                                    Republican
Kenneth M. Duberstein                      1988-89           Reagan                                    Republican
John H. Sununu                                  1989-91           G.H.W. Bush              Republican
Samuel K. Skinner                              1991-92           G.H.W. Bush              Republican
James A. Baker III                              1992-93           G.H.W. Bush              Republican
Thomas F. McLarty III                       1993-94           Clinton                        Democratic
Leon E. Panetta                                  1994-97           Clinton                        Democratic
Erskine B. Bowles                              1997-98           Clinton                        Democratic
John D. Podesta                                  1998-01           Clinton                        Democratic
Andrew H. Card, Jr.                           2001-06           G.W. Bush                  Republican
Joshua B. Bolten                                 2006-09           G.W. Bush                  Republican
Rahm I. Emanuel*                              2009-10           Obama                         Democratic
William M. Daley                                2011-12           Obama                         Democratic
Jacob J. Lew                                       2012-13           Obama                         Democratic
Denis R. McDonough                         2013-17           Obama                         Democratic
Reinhold R. “Reince” Priebus            2017                 Trump                          Republican
John F. Kelly                                       2017-p             Trump                          Republican

* After Emanuel left his post to run for mayor of Chicago, Senior Adviser Peter M. Rouse served as interim chief of staff from October 1, 2010, to January 13, 2011.

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