I don’t know much about Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao. I’ll gladly assume, for the sake of argument, that she’s eminently capable. Nevertheless, Elaine Chao should not be in the president’s cabinet.
The problem with Elaine Chao has nothing to do with her qualifications for the job of Transportation Secretary. The problem with Elaine Chao is her husband: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The Senate, in spite of its current republican majority, is not merely a rubber stamp for the president’s policies; rather, it is the arbiter of checks and balances on presidential judgment and authority.
What happens in the future if Mr. McConnell must stand up the the White House?
Say, for example, senior members of Congress call for an investigation into the Ttump administration’s ties to Russian intelligence, now and during the president’s campaign. Does he go ahead, or does he pull back, fearing retribution directed at Ms. Chao from the President?
Likewise, if Ms. Chao disagrees with the President, does she withhold her concerns out of fear of backlash toward her husband?
The relationship between Mr. McConnell, Ms. Chao, and the president represents a serious conflict of interest. It places the credibility of all three officers, and ultimately the reputation and efficacy of the United States at risk.
This is not normal.
TGIF for February 17th, 2017.
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