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The search for a Secretary of State is evolving into something akin to Donald Trump's Miss Universe contest.  I dread the swimsuit competition! There have even been reality show style "Batchelor/Batchelorette" style dinner dates.  I'm waiting for him to pass out this darn final rose![rolleyes]

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/11/30/donald-trump-secretary-of-state-mitt-romney-rudy-giuliani-jason-miller/94667722/

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/30/politics/donald-trump-transition-mitt-romney/index.html

I have to say that where as once I had thought Newt Gingrich might bring some gravitas to a Trump White House, but I take that back after the vicious attack he launched yesterday on Mitt Romney.  He angrily called him a "suck-up" after he said some nice things about Trump after their dinner.  Bitter much Mr. Gingrich?

I'm hoping for Governor Romney or General Petraeus (probably the most qualified of the candidates, but tainted by his sharing state secrets with his mistress scandal).  Giuliani or Corker would be a disaster.  Trump needs help quickly.  His latest phone call with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, where the word "Fantastic" was overused seems to scream for a professional at the helm.

https://newrepublic.com/minutes/139082/one-phone-call-donald-trump-might-upturned-americas-relationship-pakistan-india

http://time.com/4586503/donald-trump-pakistan-prime-minister-readout-nawaz-sharif/

The Innauguration of the 45th President to succeed King George III as leader of this side of the pond is shaping up as an expensive opportunity to get access.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/29/politics/donald-trump-inauguration-price-tag/

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trumps-inauguration-ticket-prices-25000-to-1-million-013543267.html

Imagine buying an invitation to coronation events... unheard of!

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Those with an adroit sense of timing and vision can see this as an opportunity to impose their agenda, without the Trump Administration and their acolytes so much knowing it.
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Ethio, I enjoyed your responses; a very interesting discussion.

I am interested to see if Trump does anything about his America first economic rhetoric.
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David Flint of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy on Trump and lessons for Australia:
http://spectator.com.au/2016/11/drain-burley-griffin/
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General Petraeus certainly has the experience and intellectual heft for the position of Secretary of State, however his past is an anvil tied to his back.  The fact that he must submit jobs and travel to a probation officer for approval before embarking on them is a serious handicap that I think will ultimately cost him his job.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/30/politics/david-petraeus-donald-trump-secretary-of-state-probation-officer/index.html

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Romney would be an unpopular choice among many Americans for one reason which is less to do with politics and more to do with religion.


I disagree David, while many evangelical protestants objected to Romney as a possible President due to his Mormon faith, I doubt they will object to him as Secretary of State. What bothered them is that they feel strongly that Mormonism is not a Christian faith, and they could not contenance a "non-Christian" as they regarded him, as head of state.  Secretary of State however is not the top job.

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Former Speaker Gingrich attacks Governor Romney for speaking French and "sucking up" to the President-Elect.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3990276/Gingrich-says-Romney-s-sucking-Trump-mocks-knowing-speak-French.html

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http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/chris-kenny/donald-trump-victory-shows-tony-abbott-could-have-won-2016-election/news-story/6882ad442dc303ecee01279a8f7d8d10

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Our political/media class seems to have conveniently overlooked the most telling domestic lesson from the Trump ascendancy. Perhaps they worry it exposes their lack of judgment.
 
Donald Trump’s election triumph buttresses the argument that Tony Abbott’s overthrow was unnecessary — that he would have won this year’s election. It gives weight to the claim his poor midterm polling was meaningless and that his known strengths were electorally compelling.
 
Those of us who have long made this case believed that, for all his faults, Abbott’s strong positions on border protection, national security, climate caution, union corruption and budget discipline would contrast sharply with Labor. The political/media class, however, declared Abbott an embarrassment and barracked for a coup.
 
We will never know. But everything that has transpired since Abbott’s knifing tends to bolster the position: from the way Malcolm Turnbull has struggled to display certitude to how Bill Shorten hasn’t had to duck a punch; from the Prime Minister’s own polling and near defeat to Britain’s clear statement of faith in sovereignty through Brexit; and from Trump’s focus on borders and disdain for the dominant media narrative to his victory despite the polling consensus.
 
Some conservative Liberals and Nationals are still seething about all this and hope for a “Lazarus-with-a-triple-bypass” Abbott comeback. It is unlikely — besides, their sense of injustice tends to overlook the needless errors, self-inflicted wounds and unheeded warnings that saw Abbott engineer his own vulnerability to Turnbull’s understandable aspirations.
 
So this post-Trump observation is worth making not to stir ­enmities, settle grievances, delegitimise Turnbull or encourage a leadership rethink but, rather, to help identify the lessons Turnbull must heed to succeed.
 
It is another reminder that contrary to the urgings from the political/media class, Turnbull cannot afford to change the policy direction of the Coalition by softening important policies or drifting to the left. It reaffirms the warning not to believe his own publicity. On climate policy, borders and national security the sensible centre of politics wants the prescription already laid down by the centre-right Abbott government. Turnbull messes with that compact at his peril. There are encouraging signs he understands this: his new focus on energy security over renewable energy gestures; his strong words in New York on terrorism; and his push for a lifetime ban on unauthorised boat arrivals to help prevent his humanitarian US visa deal from undermining border security. Despite the Senate frustrations, fiscal restraint, budget repair and economic reform must remain top priorities.
 
Turnbull’s ability to pass his double-dissolution trigger bills and some modest budget reforms enable him to end the parliamentary year with baby steps of purpose — as foreshadowed in this column almost three months ago.
 
It also provides some vindication for his strategy. Many critics have mocked his double-dissolution strategy because it produced a menagerie of a Senate. This is disingenuous because no serious observer would have said the Coalition had any chance to win a Senate majority.
 
Turnbull’s Senate reforms, also planned under Abbott, are worthwhile and will eliminate accidental senators in the future. And, notwithstanding shambolic negotiations and side deals, the Coalition is getting some reform through the parliament.
 
Those who slam the double-dissolution strategy need to ask what Turnbull would have run on without it. He had a thin agenda, was out of time and was losing standing with every dawdling day.
 
Without this strategy built around the union accountability measures he would have limped through the budget to a predictable spring election, struggling to outline a cause. Instead, he seized the agenda, created a purpose for the election and managed — just — to hold on.
 
And now he has ushered the trigger bills through the Senate, along with a backpacker tax arrangement. With his team, he shows the adaptability to do deals with One Nation, Nick Xenophon, Derryn Hinch and others, as well as the Greens. The only immovable object (after some early savings co-operation) appears to be Labor.
 
Turnbull’s error this year was not his double-dissolution strategy but that he didn’t use it months earlier to capitalise on his honeymoon. Also, he ran a poor campaign. The Coalition failed to attack the Opposition Leader and failed to put the most pertinent questions into the daily campaign rhetoric — what was the risk of a return to Labor on border chaos, electricity prices, union behaviour and deeper deficits?
 
The reason all this is relevant now is that these questions remain palpable for Turnbull. Now that he has begun to display a modicum of governing ability, he must look to accentuate the choice between the Coalition and Labor’s alternative.
 
Again, thanks to its crack cocaine-like addiction to polls, the political/media class is writing off Turnbull. But, at the risk of repetition, the polls are almost meaningless right now.
 
Certainly, to become PM, Turnbull exploited the polls and, unwisely, even cited them. But he needs to recognise that conceit now (and hope everyone else does) while comprehending that what matters are policies, conviction and performance.
 
The most bankable quality for governments is competence. In difficult circumstances — and no doubt with more stuff-ups to come — Turnbull at least has started to claim some ground on this score.
 
Aside from more of this, he needs to work hard to appear in touch with voters: more interviews, more mainstream public events and more listening.
 
His budget strategy is vital; Scott Morrison must deliver fiscal restraint and economic reform significant enough to begin the repair task and satisfy ratings agencies, but moderate enough to pass the Senate. It won’t be easy but the welfare reforms being touted by Christian Porter and Alan Tudge provide fertile ground by embedding the mutual obligation and personal investment concepts that are working well in New Zealand.
 
This is a true centre-right approach and underpins long-term budget recovery.
 
Under Shorten, Labor has dug itself further in on the wrong side of crucial arguments. On climate policy, it offers a national 50 per cent renewable target that will escalate costs and undermine energy security. On border protection, it has a record of capitulation and mismanagement and it has abandoned its pretence of bipartisanship by rejecting temporary protection visas and the lifetime ban. On national security, Turnbull needs only to utter the words “Islamic extremism” to demonstrate he understands our current threat and smoke out an Opposition Leader unwilling to name our enemy. On union corruption, Labor appoints tainted unionists to the Senate and promises to abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commission for a second time. And on budget repair, Labor is committed to higher taxes and deeper deficits.
 
National politics and government are monumentally difficult any time, especially in the contemporary age of hyper-fascination, rampant demands and strained resources. But any right-of-centre government that cannot explain its rationale, embed its policies and win re-election against that Labor agenda has only itself to blame.
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President-Elect Trump has nominated former presidential candidate and Neurosurgeon Ben Carson to his cabinet as Housing and Urban Development Secretary.  Dr. Carson had previously said he was not equipped to run an entire government agency when his name was floated for the Department of Health and Human Services (this in spite of the fact he had thought he should run the entire country as president).  At least he had the medical experience that would have been useful for HHS, but HUD??? [confused]  Memories of Trump assailing him as too low energy, and questioning Dr. Carlson's temperament due to his admitted desire to strike his own mother with a hammer, and his desire to build pyramids to store grain, this is a strange nomination.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/05/politics/ben-carson-hud-secretary-nomination/index.html

Trump has upped his attacks on China.  It seems his Taiwan phone call wasn't just a result of him not being properly briefed, but possibly a long considered launch of a hostile campaign against Beijing.  While members of his team seemed to be scrambling to limit the damage over the phone call, Trump launched a much broader attack on China via Twitter, and has received some applause from people like Newt Gingrich.  Although the Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a relatively restrained statement in regard to his Taiwan phone call, the People's Daily has printed a much stronger denunciation in the form of an editorial which is known to reflect the feelings of the top leadership.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-taiwan-phone-call-was-weeks-in-the-planning-say-people-who-were-involved/2016/12/04/f8be4b0c-ba4e-11e6-94ac-3d324840106c_story.html?utm_term=.b326b17ae436

http://money.cnn.com/2016/12/05/news/economy/trump-china-yuan-dollar-currency-taxes/index.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/05/world/asia/china-donald-trump-taiwan-twitter.html?_r=0

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/04/trump-foreign-policy-faces-scrutiny-as-team-defends-taiwan-phone-call

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/trump-taiwan-china-newt-gingrich-232190

While Melania Trump has indicated that she will not be moving to Washington DC with her husband, but remaining in Trump tower with her son Barron, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner appear to be preparing to move to the capital where Kushner is expected to play some kind of advisory role to his father-in-law, which raises some eyebrows.  It is speculated that Ivanka and Tiffany Trump may share some First Lady duties with their step-mother who may not ever have much of a White House presence it seems.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/05/politics/ivanka-trump-jared-kushner-dc-move/

http://www.smobserved.com/story/2016/12/01/politics/ivanka-tiffany-trump-will-fulfill-first-lady-duties-with-melania-trump-living-in-new-york-city/2311.html

Meanwhile, a petition has now passed 100,000 signers, asking the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo and Mayor of New York City Bill de Blassio to refuse to pay for the added policing costs needed to secure Trump Tower while the First Lady is resident there, in hopes of driving Melania out of the city to Washington.

http://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/new-yorkers-want-melania-trump-to-leave-city-because-of-exorbitant-security-costs-incurred/news-story/456e8f6b630095b10c506e25719e4598

Melania Trump is also facing a number of clothing designers refusing to dress her.  

http://www.post-gazette.com/life/fashion/2016/12/04/Stylebook-snapshot-Will-the-fashion-community-embrace-Melania-Trump/stories/201612040018

http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/melania-trump-designers


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"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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Trump's triumphant team decided to celebrate with a costume party at the New York estate of one of his big donors.  The images I've seen make me glad to be a monarchist.  It sounds like it was the opposite of elegant.  Trump's wife and children were absent.

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/donald-trump-kellyanne-conway-stephen-bannon-attend-lavish-055307737--abc-news-topstories.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-idUSKBN13T05D

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/04/trump-attends-villains-heroes-costume-party-dressed-ashimself/

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"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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Thanks for all of the previous posts. It's indeed curious that Ben Carson said he wasn't experienced enough  to run a federal agency, when not too long ago, he was running for President. Perhaps he was just being modest. He seemed to lend  a dignified and knowledgeable presence to the debates last year. If I remember correctly, though, it was Jeb Bush whom Trump repeatedly accused of being "low energy". This criticism (which at times amounted to ridicule) evidently proved quite effective. Bush was the conventional favoured Republican candidate at the beginning of the primaries, but after Trump's criticism, he rapidly lost ground. Carson was soft-spoken during the debates, but he did appear to hold his own, scored some effective points, and I don't remember Trump accusing him of being "low energy", he seemed to reserve that particular characterization for Bush.

In his autobiography in which he described his rise out of poverty, Carson acknowledged having a bad temper as a youth. He stated that he'd punched & stabbed classmates, threw rocks which broke a boy's nose and eyeglasses, and stabbed at another boy's abdomen (his knife being deflected by the boy's belt-buckle), in addition to the incident with his mother. When interviewed, though, none of Carson's schoolmates could recall him exhibiting that type of behavior. Sometimes, when politicians look back at the hardships of their youth, they may be a little bit prone to exaggeration.

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 If I remember correctly, though, it was Jeb Bush whom Trump repeatedly accused of being "low energy". This criticism (which at times amounted to ridicule) evidently proved quite effective. Bush was the conventional favoured Republican candidate at the beginning of the primaries, but after Trump's criticism, he rapidly lost ground. Carson was soft-spoken during the debates, but he did appear to hold his own, scored some effective points, and I don't remember Trump accusing him of being "low energy", he seemed to reserve that particular characterization for Bush..


Governor Bush was called "Low Energy" yes, but Dr. Carson was "Super Low Energy".  It mystifies me to hear you say Carson held his own.  He was widely ridiculed by almost everyone for the most part, and his most memorable phrase from the campaign was when he pleaded "will someone please attack ME?" during a primary debate where Cruz, Trump and Rubio were tearing each other apart and largely ignoring him.  See link below for Trump calling Carson "Super Low Energy" and Carson begging to be attacked.

http://dailycaller.com/2015/10/24/trump-slams-carson-as-super-low-energy-video/

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/carson-can-someone-attack-me

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Sometimes, when politicians look back at the hardships of their youth, they may be a little bit prone to exaggeration.


With Dr. Carson's rather sedate almost sleepy manner, I don't think his mother need have worried too much by being pummeled by his low frequency slow motion hammer attack [rofl]

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Thanks for your reply. I'd heard Trump repeatedly call Bush "low energy", but I wasn't aware that he'd also called Carson "super low energy".

It was my personal opinion that Carson held his own during the debates. He went from becoming an unknown figure, with no previous political exposure, to being a nationally-known candidate, in a short period of time. I myself had never heard of him prior to last year's debates. During the debates, although he kept a low profile, he maintained his dignity and composure, he responded adequately to questions, and he succeeded in getting some of his views across to the public.

I do vaguely remember Carson making his remark , to the effect of "will someone please attack me ?" during one of the debates. I think he made it as a humorous ad-lib. He was drawing attention to the fact that 3 of the candidates (Trump, Cruz, and Rubio) were monopolizing the debate. They were yelling, attempting to talk over each other, calling each other names & insults, and continually interrupting each other. In a high-school debating match, I think that they'd have been disqualified. Instead of explaining or defending their policies, my impression was that they were more intent upon disparaging and discrediting each other. They were constantly changing the subject.  Carson and the other candidates remained out of the shouting match, for which I give them some credit. They remained focused upon issues. But I'm skeptical of how responsive much of the public is to a genuine debate over issues and policies. In some ways the public likes to be entertained. Trump, Cruz, and Rubio were certainly doing that, and playing to the crowd. If you tell the public just what they want to hear, it's an effective way of getting votes.

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Carson did manage to stay out of the fray, but because the electorate enjoys a circus, it was Trump, Cruz and Rubio who benefited from their fracas.  There was no way any of them were going to beat Trump at that game.  The people usually choose badly, and when all your choices are bad...

Ben Carson was an interesting candidate, but not always in a good way.

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/ben-carson-controversial-quotes-214614

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Amazingly nobody picked up on Trump upsetting China over Taiwan:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38191711

In my view anything that upsets the rulers in Beijing is good, as my slogans would be:

滅共復國 (Destroy Communism, reclaim the Mainland)
反共復明 (Anti-Communist, Restore the Ming)

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I noticed it, but didn't think it worth a mention here. Upsetting the Communist leadership is one thing, pointlessly flipping them off another. I felt that this fell under the latter heading. It was even pointless as a demonstration that the president-elect is a loose cannon who will do anything and care nothing for established wisdom and political sensitivities, since we have had more than ample evidence of that already. What might have been useful would be some glimmering of what he does care for, but as usual with Trump's random-seeming acts no illumination was on offer.
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