"The door to the Oval Office used to be wide open, with favored officials drifting in and out — even in the middle of meetings — to kibitz with Trump.
Now, the door is closed. Gen. John Kelly, the new White House chief of staff, has taken control in dramatic fashion, and is already imposing unmistakable signs of order after just a few days on the job:
Even POTUS appears to be trying to impress his four-star handler, picking up his game by acting sharper in meetings and even rattling off stats. Meetings are shorter and stick to their scheduled topic. Everyone — even uber-aides Jared and Ivanka, and economic adviser Gary Cohn — is being deferential to Kelly."
Do I even need to say the following? Kelly is not making the White House run better; he is running it himself, and the fear of God has been implanted in Trump to prevent him from ruining everything with his usual behavior.
This is not efficiency, it is a coup.
Kelly is running the country now, on behalf of his previous employers, the United State Military, which doesn't want to fight wars caused by Trump's mentally disturbed belligerence. Trump is not trying to "impress" Kelly; he is desperately trying to control himself to avoid being crushed by Kelly.
So, it took six months for Trump to end any semblance of democracy in this country. Not the way he thought it would turn out, with him on the throne, but he did it.
UPDATE: I just saw on MSNBC: "Breaking News- Chief of Staff announces that Attorney General is staying in job."
Since when does the chief of staff decide who the Attorney General is? Well, I guess since the Chief of Staff is a four star General who has just taken over the Presidency. I'm still waiting to hear the word "coup" from a single allegedly reputable news source.
A FURTHER UPDATE: Saturday, from an article at Daily Kos:
"In fact, the more we learn about this relationship, the more one has to wonder whether what we are really watching is a soft military coup in the making."