(Well, the evidence is fairly overwhelming that he doesn't read books
, full stop, but it has been specifically reported that he says he hasn't read any presidential biographies.)This
suggests Bannon and Short haven't either:One Hill Republican aide who was involved in the last-minute negotiations said Mr. Bannon and Mr. Short were seeking to compile an enemies list.
Alternatively, they read about Nixon's "Enemies List"
and thought ooh, that sounds great, we should do that, it worked out so well for him
(Seriously, I don't actually imagine that this is literally Watergate 2.0 or going to play out exactly like that, because that would be too weird and history doesn't work like that, which is one reason why it's so odd
when Trump and co. seem to be borrowing such highly-specific things from the Nixon playbook
ETA: Do you think they saw a reference to an "enemies list" somewhere and thought whoa, that sounds super-hardcore and badass, we should have one of those
? Has nobody told them yet?
Also, these are beautiful words to read:Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, according to people familiar with White House discussions, described what happened as a flat-out failure that could inflict serious damage on this presidency — even if Mr. Bannon believes Congress, not Mr. Trump, deserves much of the blame.
Dear USians, please enjoy these words and take strength from them.