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The Dems and the alphabet war.

December 20, 2016

Well, plans A and B didn’t work out so well for the progressive left, so it’s on to Plan C.

With all the electoral college melodrama now in the rear view mirror,  and no win for Hillary Clinton left in sight, there remains one other immediate target for the left.

That would be Trump’s business interests, or more specifically what becomes of his ties to them, both physical and financial.

To that end, The Hill and other outlets report that Senator Elizabeth Warren and at least five of her closest Senate allies will introduce anti-Trump legislation intended to force  the entire 2016 Republican ticket to fully divest themselves of all personal and business property or face impeachment.

Of all the issues the Democrats have tried to raise, this one has the best legs.

Almost everything else is just the whining of a group of sore losers still welded to identity politics, as proven by Bill Clinton’s “angry white men” comments on Monday. It almost makes you wonder if there isn’t some good old-fashioned fear of sunlight beneath the bluster and finger-pointing.

That said, PEOTUS Trump’s assets are still a valid point of discussion because it seeks to exploit one of the early doubts about then-candidate Trump, namely his level of commitment.

While his core supporters understand why he can’t just sell off all his real estate, and most don’t see any reason why he should, they nevertheless elected him to be a full-time President.

Trump himself fueled that doubt with his “I could do both” comment during the campaign.

He has agreed to distance himself from the operations side of his business interests, but has yet to say how he will do that and whether that will include the financial side as well.

Since it is likely that many of his business interests are family-owned, it would seem that one solution would be to sell his interests to his children.

That might be OK, except that his children have been fixtures during the campaign and transition, and there’s a good chance at least some will remain very close during his time in office.

Maybe not a problem, but president’s are very much in the same boat as Caesar’s wife.

Unlike a typical entrepreneur, a President Trump can’t just assemble the world’s best management team and then sail off to the Bahamas or Scotland and let them run the show.

For those Trump voters for whom he was not the first choice, the depth of his commitment to the actual hands-on business of governing was a concern.

At this point no one with two brain cells to rub together thinks this will be a typical presidential term.

It remains to be seen just how much unconventionality the country will permit.

We know now that according to published reports, he sold all or most of his stocks back in the summer, although that made more news in the financial section than the front page.

But, since he has ties to over 500 companies, and presumably has received some sort of contractual stipend, salary or income distribution from some of them, where does that money go now?

As President, Trump has said he will not accept the $400,000 presidential salary.

It has also been reported that he will seek to retain some of his staff, particularly his security staff, after he is sworn in. Who’s going to be paying for them, and how?

Questions like that one will drive the news from the left not just from now until January 20, but will continue to crop up for the next four years.

The one somewhat mutual viewpoint from left and right alike is that he can’t be using any money that is derived from any of his holdings after January 20, 2017 without potentially running afoul of the emoluments clause.

One assumes that  the incoming Chief Executive has some pretty solid financial and legal people on staff already.

If they can cobble together something that can adequately firewall him from even the slightest appearance of self-dealing then most of the chatter will remain just so much background noise.

If the solution looks shaky  to John Q. Public, or it becomes obvious that he really is trying to be a part-time President, he may find that public opinion can turn very quickly.

Still, betting against him hasn’t been very profitable for anyone up to now, and there is no reason to think that has suddenly changed.

Interestingly enough, much like Harry Reid’s nuclear option, this new attack strategy could come back to bite the left right in the hindquarters. Had she won, what would Bill and Hillary have used for pin money once they could no longer charge $250K an hour and run it through the family laundry?

Just sayin’.

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