The firing of bombastic White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci could signify a number of things. Perhaps the ascent of Gen. John Kelly, the new chief of staff and the man who fired Scaramucci, indicates that a modicum of normalcy is about to be instituted in the West Wing. This is the best-case scenario for Donald Trump.
Or perhaps Kelly will be pushed out of his position before I finish writing this article. Could go either way.
That sort of thing, after all, happens in 2017. Scaramucci was asked to leave his job after a mere 11 days — and after helping facilitate the ousting of former chief of staff Reince Priebus, Kelly’s predecessor. If his tenure seemed longer than two working weeks, it’s probably because the ordinary political functionary takes years to cram as many notable incidents into his resume. The highlight of Scaramucci’s tenure, of course, was an entertaining, expletive-laden meta-interview with Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker. In it the excitable Scaramucci suggested that White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon — himself rumored to be on the cutting block last week — engaged in what (one hopes) was metaphorical self-fellatio.