by Cinzia Croce
Anthony Scaramucci’s tenure as Director of Communications at the White House was brief but impactful — he was able to push out Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus in just a matter of days. He showed a lot of gusto — albeit heavy-handed gusto — in his approach, and it’s hard to see how his free-wheeling style would fit with the military discipline of the new Chief of Staff, General John Kelly. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated that the infamous interview Scaramucci gave the New Yorker was the reason for his departure, but it is more likely that his personal issues played a larger role. His wife has filed for divorce, and it promises to be a nasty episode, certain to generate lots of scandalous headlines –- another distraction the Trump administration does not need. Scaramucci fought very hard to get his ten days in the White House and I believe he will make a comeback after he settles his personal life.
One person sure to be thrilled at Scaramucci leaving the White House is Laura Ingraham. For months her name had been floated for Director of Communications, and when it was announced that Scaramucci had gotten the job, she wasted no time to voice her strong disapproval. She began an unrelenting attack on him while filling in as host on the Tucker Carlson show on Fox News Channel. She continued to blast him the next morning on her radio show and then on her Twitter and Facebook accounts, took the weekend off, and resumed her criticism on Monday. She seemed more upset about Scaramucci than the GOP failure to repeal Obamacare. Her reaction was so disproportionate that one has to wonder whether it was a case of sour grapes — but now she has another chance and her name is being floated again.