Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Potency, manliness and the Trump Party of One

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Interesting how blatant the writing about male potency is getting when it comes to Trump’s presidency and the people around him.  For the best example, last week’s Peggy Noonan piece. And in a similar vein, here are some great follow-up posts to the Trump, “Mooch,” and the Rise of the New York Douchebag piece from Jeet Heer:

Olivia Nuzzi/New York Magazine:

“This isn’t a normal presidency,” the source said. “Trump always likes shiny new toys. Anthony will be the golden boy for the next couple of months.”

“Trump is taking a gamble on Scaramucci,” the source added. “But if he makes Trump look bad on this, he’s going to fall out of favor very soon — and if he thinks Reince was mistreated by the president? Wait until he sees how the president will treat him.”

Kevin D. Williamson/NRO, a must read:

Death of a F***ing Salesman

Glengarry Glen Ross is the Macbeth of real estate, full of great, blistering lines and soliloquies so liberally peppered with profanity that the original cast had nicknamed the show “Death of a F***ing Salesman.” But a few of those attending the New York revival left disappointed. For a certain type of young man, the star of Glengarry Glen Ross is a character called Blake, played in the film by Alec Baldwin. We know that his name is “Blake” only from the credits; asked his name by one of the other salesmen, he answers: “What’s my name? F*** you. That’s my name.” In the film, Blake sets things in motion by delivering a motivational speech and announcing a sales competition: “First prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Second prize? A set of steak knives. Third prize is, you’re fired. Get the picture?” He berates the salesmen in terms both financial — “My watch cost more than your car!” — and sexual. Their problem, in Blake’s telling, isn’t that they’ve had a run of bad luck or bad sales leads — or that the real estate they’re trying to sell is crap — it is that they aren’t real men.

As far as Gen. Kelly as CoS, ignore the puff pieces and watch who the Mooch reports to. If it’s not Kelly, he’s already failed. If it is, failure has been postponed.