Richard Nixon Looking Down, But Not Smiling, As Monica Crowley Considered For Press Secretary

Donald Trump’s inner circle is tossing around the possibility of Fox News analyst Monica Crowley as press secretary.   This is not the first time she has been posted about on my blog.

Crowley wrote the fast-paced and most enjoyable Nixon Off The Record which illuminates the views and perspectives of Nixon in the final years of his life.  His time was filled with thoughts about international relations, political calculations, and reflections about the meaning of leadership and his role over the decades on the world stage.  As Nixon talked with Crowley there is the sense that he is also speaking to the history books.  After their conversations she would write the content of what the two discussed.  It was not ‘talking out of school’ as there is every indication that Nixon was aware of who the final audience would be when conveying his thoughts to Crowley.

One not need to be a fan of Richard Nixon to enjoy this book, and that also goes for Monica Crowley.  While I found her charming in the book I found her far less so over the years as she agitated her way on television with anger and often meanness.   It should be noted that Nixon was a determined political fighter too, but was always mindful of the past and determined to rise above it  while continuing to serve the nation.  That lesson did not take, it seems, with the one taking notes.

Crowley would be no worse than others who have been talked about for the important job as press secretary in the next administration.   But Nixon, I am sure, is thinking how such serious matters of international weight are being placed in the hands of those who have not proven they can handle even the small needs that a White House must deal with on a daily basis.  

Must Be A Third Name For Secretary Of State

I have been of the opinion that Mitt Romney would not accept a position of Secretary of State due to the fact there is no way his inner being would allow for that to happen.  Also there is no way he would want to travel the globe and explain Donald Trump’s outlandish ideas to the diplomats in international capitals.

There is also no way that the bombastic, and ever-more absurd personality of Rudy Giuliani could be placed in the position without the world community coming unglued.  America, after all, will still have to lead a most chaotic world.

What we have witnessed over the past two weeks is a most off-putting sight as Giuliani engaged in an unusually public fight to land the job in the next administration.  It has been most unseemly.  Even after this election season the antics of former mayor of New York City is simply embarrassing to watch play out.

While I think Romney would be a fine choice, given what a Trump administration will resemble, there is just no way he will lower himself to such a place.  Therefore deep consideration needs to be given to another name bandied about.

Senator Bob Corker from Tennessee.

The bottom line is there needs to be someone with a face on our foreign policy that has some credibility, a face who has the ability to be taken seriously in times of upheaval.  I fully understand that Trump is in over his head and has no depth on the great complexities in the world.  That is why the Secretary of State position must be filled by someone with gravitas.

It All Comes Down To Temperament

Upon hearing the news today that Cuban President Fidel Castro had died there were two separate expressions given.

President Barack Obama, who has made restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba a hallmark of his administration, offered America’s hand in friendship to the Cuban people following the passing.  ‘History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him,’ Obama said in a statement.

Obama was mature and speaking to the future needs of the international community.

Meanwhile Donald Trump tweeted at 8:08 a.m.: “Fidel Castro is dead!”

The tone of his comment will also be noted.