That New York Times piece is kind of a trip. It made me want to watch the movie but have it not be true.
WASHINGTON — President Trump loves to set the day’s narrative at dawn, but the deeper story of his White House is best told at night.
Aides confer in the dark because they cannot figure out how to operate the light switches in the cabinet room. Visitors conclude their meetings and then wander around, testing doorknobs until finding one that leads to an exit. In a darkened, mostly empty West Wing, Mr. Trump’s provocative chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, finishes another 16-hour day planning new lines of attack.
Usually around 6:30 p.m., or sometimes later, Mr. Trump retires upstairs to the residence to recharge, vent and intermittently use Twitter. With his wife, Melania, and young son, Barron, staying in New York, he is almost always by himself, sometimes in the protective presence of his imposing longtime aide and former security chief, Keith Schiller. When Mr. Trump is not watching television in his bathrobe or on his phone reaching out to old campaign hands and advisers, he will sometimes set off to explore the unfamiliar surroundings of his new home.
I mean... that's some straight-up Rosebud shit right there.
Mr. Priebus bristles at the perception that he occupies a diminished perch in the West Wing pecking order compared with previous chiefs. But for the moment, Mr. Bannon remains the president’s dominant adviser, despite Mr. Trump’s anger that he was not fully briefed on details of the executive order he signed giving his chief strategist a seat on the National Security Council, a greater source of frustration to the president than the fallout from the travel ban.
Jeva Lange at The Week pointed this one out last night: Bannon is on the NSC because he slipped the order to Trump knowing he'd sign it without reading it. It's like having Ren & Stimpy in the Oval Office.
Here's the thing that blows my mind: Obamacare was upheld by Roberts et. al. because of State's Rights. Citizen's United was rejected because of State's Rights. the Voting Rights Act was nullified because of State's Rights. And before they can even replace Scalia - a total gimme considering the Republican House and Senate - the Trump Administration set up a perfect test case designed to limit Executive power based on State's Rights. If you wanted to demonstrate what the phrase "hoisted on their own petards" means, this is about the best example they could come up with.
EDIT: My bad it was Peter Weber.