One can easily argue based upon the turnaround in tone by the Trump campaign and the end results that Kellyanne Conway was a huge reason Donald Trump is now President. She’s an effective campaign manager and is great in front of the press during campaign season. However, being part of an actual administration is clearly not her thing.
She’s mocked almost as much as Trump on mainstream media. Unfortunately for her, the mocking is more justifiable against her than her boss. Saturday Night Live and late-night talk shows lampoon her constantly. From “alternative facts” to “Bowling Green Massacre” to her most recent gaffe promoting Ivanka Trump’s merchandise, it’s crystal clear less than a month into the Trump era that Conway is not qualified to operate on a team that won. She can help them win, but that appears to be the extent of her usefulness.
She’s not alone. There have been plenty of battle-proven campaigners who are awful within the confines of an actual governing organization. Team Trump has plenty of talent waiting to get into the spotlight and plenty more ready to hop on board. There’s no reason other than loyalty to keep her in front of the camera. So far, she’s done much more harm than good.
Maybe that’s the point. Maybe she’s intended to be a distraction from Trump, Steve Bannon, and others in the administration who would be the targets of the media if she didn’t constantly put herself in the line of fire. If that’s the plan, it’s working. It’s a horrible plan, but it’s definitely having its intended results if that’s what they want.
This is unlikely, of course, based upon the outcome of her most recent misspeak:
“Kellyanne has been counseled, and that’s all we are going to go with,” Spicer told reporters at the daily press briefing. “She’s been counseled on the subject, and that’s it.”
My suggestion: sit out for three years. Pop back up for Trump’s reelection campaign. Take an easy job out of the public eye until it’s time to utilize her skills appropriately. Whatever the administration has her do, it should be as far away from cameras and questions as possible.
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