Rex Tillerson the Daily Controversy

This morning Donald Trump made it official. Mr. Rex Tillerson is his nominee for Secretary of State. I do not know the gentleman personally, but do know his corporate pilot at Exxon and the few times he discussed Mr. Tillerson it reflects well on our next Secretary of State.

There will be endless wailing and gnashing of teeth, garments will be torn, ashes, the whole parade. This is a pick that will piss off absolutely everybody and the pope. Good. When Elizabeth Warren and Marco Rubio are both pissed off we are moving the right direction although time may bear out they are not so different.

My friend that flies Mr. Tillerson’s aircraft has recounted the many trips and destinations they travel. This is not Mr. Tillerson’s first rodeo. The only thing that will change is he will fly aboard a larger aircraft with a national paint scheme. He will step onto the ramp in other countries and shake hands of people to whom he is known and appears genuinely respected. He is well equipped to lead our diplomacy and if that doesn’t work the bastards can deal with Defense Secretary Mattis and his bunch. I like that dynamic.

Regarding the potential lack of national security bona fides I am not concerned. Mr. Trump has selected several well regarded flag officers for his national security team. Adding a member of his team to lead the America First, America Inc., We are Open for Business and Hope You are Also portion of the program seems a good complement and fit.

Mr. Tillerson and Exxon under his charge have not succeeded by not getting things done, quite the contrary. I’ve no idea if or how successful Secretary Tillerson will be, but I am willing to give him and our next President a chance to try a different approach because God knows the status quo isn’t working.


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43 Responses to Rex Tillerson the Daily Controversy

  1. DevereauxDevereaux says:

    Your view of Tillerson mimics pretty much ALL his picks. He has systematically chosen people who are successful in the field. Mattis, eg, was SO successful Obummer fired him. Can’t get much better credentials than that.

    I believe this cabinet is aimed at actually getting things done. And that leaves Trump free to twitter – his means of bypassing the media and going directly to the people. The media is livid. Must be something good there.

    • BrentB67BrentB67 says:

      I think most of the picks have been good.

      The not so good: Treasury, HUD, Transportation.

      I am not sure about Perry at Energy, but that could make it interesting.

      • EThompson says:

        Disagree about transportation; Elaine Chao was fab handling the unions at labor under George W. and is an experienced anti-union pol.

        What’s wrong with Carson at HUD? He grew up in Cass Coridor in Detroit City during the 1968 riots. Who would know better what it takes to escape that prison?

        Answer: charter schools and there is a very famous one called Cass Tech where two African-American friends of mine graduated and went on to U-Michigan and MIT/Harvard. One of my pals had his cover on Forbes 500.

        Carson is also a Kempian and believes in free enterprise zones. As a former resident of the Detroit area, my mother and I showed up at the crack of dawn to buy at the infamous Farmers Markets along the river. There is a new, young, vibrant Silicon Valley developing there by young geniuses who graduated from U-M, MSU, Hillsdale and don’t want to move to Chicago or NYC as I had to do in the 80s.

        • BrentB67BrentB67 says:

          EThompson, this election wasn’t about installing re-runs of Bush appointees. She may be wonderful and I trust you, but I think it is tone deaf on Trump’s part to rehash the Bush admin. We could’ve elected Jeb for that.

          Regarding HUD it is a the most politicized race mongering department this side of DOJ. I am not sure Carson has the ball stomping chops to clean up that swamp. The reality is it should be closed and forgotten.

          • EThompson says:

            I don’t believe in throwing the baby out with the bathwater so I’m impressed to see Secretary Chao back in politics. (Ok, doesn’t hurt she’s married to the Majority Leader as well.)

            I had a brief conversation with her at a Heritage dinner years ago and came away with the impression that she is both lovely and charming, but most definitely not one with whom one would want to mess.

            I was so taken aback and impressed by her, my husband, who was attending the event as well, was only relieved I didn’t pump my fist in the air and exclaim “You go, girl!”

            I want all the advantages that the Democrats have been milking for decades that have hurt this country.

  2. Mike LaRocheMike LaRoche says:

    Rex Tillerson will make the State Department great again.

  3. EThompson says:

    I agree with both of you, but as the job has become both a political and economic challenge, I sincerely hope to see Bolton in State as deputy. Tillerson and Bolton would be my “dream team.”

    Aside from General Mattis, I’m sincerely delighted at the appt of education reformer Betsy DeVos. Scott Pruitt at EPA thrills me to the core! If we can all survive the distractions and roadblocks put up by the Democrats, we’ll have a “banging” first term!

    • Mike LaRocheMike LaRoche says:

      I’m hoping he’ll pick Sarah Palin for the VA, too. The mama grizzly can clean that place up, lickety split!

      • Vald the MisspellerVald the Misspeller says:

        I know he behaved badly during the campaign, but I think Romney would be a good pick for this. His experience at Bain & Co. and in reanimating the moribund 2002 Winter Olympics suggests he just might be able to handle the epic cluster schtup that is the VA. It’ll be like raising the Titanic but at least he won’t have to worry about turning a profit.

        • EThompson says:

          As a longtime Romney supporter, fellow Michigander and grad of Kingswood/Cranbrook schools in tony Bloomfield Hills while Governor George and senatorial candidate Lenore were successfully running the state, I sadly say “no” to the candidate who used the terms “phony/fraud/unqualified” in 2016 even after- in 2012- he was delighted to accept Donald’s $5 billion dollar campaign support, his consistent support at rallies and described this biz mogul as “one of America’s greatest capitalists.”

          I am disappointed by a man that I have revered my entire life.

          Why doesn’t the MSM write about the upper middle class, informed and well-read voters who rejected Romney/Bush/Cruz and wholeheartedly supported the nouveau riche boy from Queens who doesn’t always use correct grammar?

          I think this could be one of the great class warfare stories of all time.

  4. DevereauxDevereaux says:

    The benefit of our losing the 2012 election is that there was time and space for reaction to grow. Unfortunately it didn’t do that in any open way, other than the rebels in the House.

    There is a serious need for “draining the swamp”, but I am not sanguine that Trump has the dexterity to do that. Perhaps. He didn’t get billions of dollars by being a shrinking violet.

    Meanwhile most of the old faces are still there. At the turn of the last century the argument for passage of the 17A was that the Senate had become an “old boys club”. Well, ALL of Congress now is an “old boys club”. Very little change occurs there. Pity.

    Meanwhile the Dems don’t seem to have any vision about what just happened here. They are now thrashing about blaming Putin for hacking as the cause of their loss. NO sense that they did it to themselves. Hillary is right that some of the hacking influenced the election. But she is wrong to claim it was bad, as all it did was shine a bright light on the rotten rats running. That’s THEIR risk.

  5. EThompson says:

    “But she is wrong to claim it was bad, as all it did was shine a bright light on the rotten rats running.”

    Sad that our own MSM was incapable of doing just that.

    “There is a serious need for ‘draining the swamp’, but I am not sanguine that Trump has the dexterity to do that. Perhaps. He didn’t get billions of dollars by being a shrinking violet.”

    My point exactly! It takes a bulldozer and “specialised mole ploughs that can form the hole, insert the perforated pipe all in one simultaneous and continuous process. An extremely powerful (usually tracked) tractor is necessary.”

    Key words here: simultaneous/continuous/powerful.

  6. NandaNanda says:

    BB67, Does Mr. Tillerson’s closeness to Putin concern you in any way? Curious…Thanks and good to see you!

    • BrentB67BrentB67 says:

      Nanda, it is good to be seen! Especially by you!.

      I think Mr. Tillerson’s relationship with Putin is a huge plus.

      The early 80 days of our being able to impose our will around the world are over for a while. We broke the USSR economically. The difference is they defaulted and cleaned their act up, we did not.

      We do not have the financial wherewithal at our debt:gdp to be a unilateral multifaceted superpower. We need to find ways to get along with people, trade, grow our economy, and rebuild our military.

      Mr. Tillerson is clearly respected by Putin and his appointment says we care about the relationship.

      I have no delusions about the evil or Russia or Putin specifically, but we do not have the ability to police the world.

  7. NandaNanda says:

    Btw, folks, haven’t ‘retreads’ like Condi Rice and Dick Cheney recommended Tillerson? Just a thought re: the value of those who’ve been around the block more than once.

  8. DevereauxDevereaux says:

    I am, overall, happy with the choices for the Cabinet. I believe they represent people who are skillful, successful, aggressive – in short winners.

    Trump, OTOH, is going around with his “thank you” tour, and it’s the same old speech. It’s time he change it up.

  9. EThompson says:

    D, dude! I agree with so much that you write but the “thank you” tour is a stroke of political genius. A lot of people worked like dogs and were treated like lepers for supporting Donald.

    I was one of those unfortunates and may I point out that this was a novel experience for a well-educated, hard-working WASP who provides jobs for young people and as a childless person was nominated to be on the PTA board of a CA school by moms who think my company is setting good examples for their kids.

  10. DevereauxDevereaux says:

    I’m not complaining about the tour – just that his speech appears the same one each time. It needs to be changed up some. I noted on the last one he was getting less noisey responses. I suspect it may be in part because everyone has heard this.

    Remember, in today’s age EVERYONE hears EVERYTHING. So a modification of the speech stop to stop, tailoring it to where he is, would be better I think.

  11. NandaNanda says:

    Like a band on a concert tour does?…True sincerity. :-D

  12. NandaNanda says:

    The weight of the office will arrive soon; enjoyment now is probably wise…(Didn’t people in ’12 gritch about the possibility of having “a CEO as President”? Surprise, you’ve got an “Executive Producer” WOO HOO! /Irony Alert/ (The cheerleading in various quarters is getting a bit much: Will the man *never* make a consequential mistake?)

    • MLHMLH says:

      Well, not in some people’s minds.But that is your point, yes, N?

      • NandaNanda says:

        Indeed, so, M…I’m struck by the attachment to/adulation of DJT as persona/personality, in some quarters, a tendency as well to treat him as an empty vessel: thinking-saying-doing what I believe him to be thinking-saying-doing undeterred by contradicting statements or actions on his part. This does him and us a disservice. We need to be attentive and assertive…This isn’t American Idol-Presidency Edition and he’s not a caudillo. (However much some may want one.) Thanks! /Rant over/. The atmosphere elsewhere is almost cloying…

  13. DevereauxDevereaux says:

    Just listened to his speech in Hershey, PA. Much better. Better tailored to the crowd. I liked it.

    ?Know what I really like about Trump rallies. The spontaneous outbreak of “USA! USA! USA!” You never heard that at a Hillary rally. NEVER.

    • NandaNanda says:

      Point taken. This still seems a bit contrived. Maybe it’s just me…I bow to the plurality attending the events.

    • EThompson says:

      I like the enthusiasm of the crowds and the best part is our next President-elect (hopefully, if the electors don’t defect- I’m not loving Hamilton so much today!) is totally embracing his new role in such a natural and joyous manner, it’s simply contagious.

      The Donald is obviously relishing the publicity and the adoring acolytes yet is making thoughtful and strong picks for the cabinet. He may be the first President we’ve had in decades who loves both the glam and the grit.

      I think I’m falling in love. :)

  14. DevereauxDevereaux says:

    Oh, please Liz! Trump is a successful businessman who has picked mostly good people for his cabinet. We have yet to actually see results. And the swamp puts out a tremendous amount of vacuum. It would be easy for Trump to fall victim – look at Paul Ryan.

  15. DevereauxDevereaux says:

    No, Liz. Whether or not Ryan ever worked is beside the point. He came with great ideals and look at him now, some 18 years later, another of “them”

  16. EThompson says:

    No, Dev. It is not beside the point. Great ideals are not enough, mon ami! Making donuts, providing real jobs, and creating profits are the crux of success and the Donald is about to prove this will work in the political arena as well.

    Get back to me in six months.

  17. DevereauxDevereaux says:

    Wellll… SO FAR all we can say is that there is real potential for good results, but at least the possibility of the bad guys still winning – at least enough to not change things enough. Still, perhaps this is a process.

    Most important is the picking of YOUNG conservative justices to the Supreme Court. That will insure a long period of decent decisions on things going on in the country. Perhaps even the reversal of some of the more egregious things.

    Your idea, my idea, no one’s idea. The proof will be in the results.

    • MLHMLH says:

      And young justices wouldn’t fall as Ryan did? (just stirring the pot)

      • DevereauxDevereaux says:

        If you use Roberts as example, it could happen as Judy Tunuta use to say. But there will most likely be 2-3 justices to pick. IF they are good picks and young – and conservative (like Scalia & Thomas) – they we can expect them to support each other and stay the course.

        Lota hoping there, but what can you do.

  18. RightAnglesRightAngles says:

    I love Tillerson as a choice. I agree the thank you tour is genius. It’s cementing in people’s minds the idea that he is the next president and making him seem more and more inevitable, thus going a long way toward invalidating their efforts to turn the electors.

    • EThompson says:

      I’m enthused and excited for the first time in 8 years and although working on my stock portfolio is challenging, I feel a sense of calm that I am making investments based upon something more than the whimsical, ignorant media analysis.

      Profitability and dividend returns are suddenly becoming important again! I am delighted because I’m dealing once again within my comfort zone and a world I can understand.

    • DevereauxDevereaux says:

      Good point.

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