Lessons In Loyalty, Politician Style

Stories this week in political news shows sharp contrasts in the mindset of politicians when it involves loyalty.

The former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, has written a scathing memoir of his time in President Obama's first cabinet.

Mr. Gates, a staunch Republican, was asked to join the new administration in a effort at "bridge building" in this acknowledged fledging group of the President's advisors. Side note, a bridge plays heavily in my next example of political loyalty.

In trying to forge a new way, the administration thought it wise to have a cross section of voices, ideas and to include several members of the former administration, in the circle.

In keeping with the old adage, "keep your enemies close", may not have been the wisest choice for this President.
Mr. Gates writes he seldom was included in major decision making discussions, where he felt his expertise was vital.

The former Defense Secretary, discusses personal conversations and war strategies in his book.
This is usually done AFTER an administration has left office.

In his coalition building attempt, the President could have gone a little further.
Yes, know where your enemies are, keep them on your radar, but not in your inner circle of advisors, and trusted aides most of whom had years of a proven track record of "having your back".

The fallout from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's bumbling attempt at retaliation to a supposed political enemy has been far reaching.
Aides and trusted allies have been thrown under the bridge, in this latest edition of who can you trust?

After a long rambling apology for the bridge fiasco, the Governor fired his longtime friend and Chief of Staff, Bridget Ann Kelly.
Others have fallen, and more to come in the wake of a Federal investigation into Bridgegate.

The Governor's most vocal critics of his handling of this crisis has been members of his own party. Surely, they warn he can't expect to be the Republican nominee for President in 2016, after this debacle.
Was he ever going to be the nominee?
Many think not, but this latest embarrassment guarantees it.

Politicians have their unique set of obstacles, to overcome.
But like all of us, they will learn faithfulness is tenuous, and loyalty can be fleeting.


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  • Gates wanted to publish his mow to maximize his earnings I guess. I wouldn't read it if you gave it to me. Christie is from NJ, I guess that explains the mindset behind his debacle.

    Good bridge building and bridge burning post!

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    So true, like your bridge analogies. Have a great day.

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