Who wants to think about Trump on Christmas morning, snarling and resentful in the White House instead of holding court at Mar a Lago where it’s warm?
I don’t either, but I came across a phrase describing the chaos in his administration using a phrase that is too artfully, deliciously true to be passed by: “an island of misfit toys”.
The phrase belongs to opinion writer Michael Tomasky, writing for the New York Times, in a piece entitled “The Steady Bedlam of the Trump White House”.
“These numbers, while interesting, are not especially surprising to anyone who follows the news. The Trump administration is, to employ a seasonal metaphor, an island of misfit toys. And it’s presided over by a mercurial and minatory chief executive who can’t be easy to work for on a number of levels. (He doesn’t listen to people, he might turn on you in a flash, etc.)
Add to all that the fact of the Robert Mueller investigation, which veritably ensures that anyone who accepts a White House position today will spend years paying for the pleasure. First, literally, as any Trump White House aide is bound to need to lawyer up and eventually pay tens of thousands of dollars in legal bills. And second, reputationally; that parachute on which officials of administrations from both parties typically float off to lush corporate sinecures is, in this administration, made not of gold but of lead.”