When Mitch McConnell was asked what he thought of President Elect Trump's Chief of Staff - he merely smiled and said "Good to see you here today."
Since both he and Ryan had been pushing for the Republican National Committee chairman Priebus, they told CNN would be the “best fit” for the critical role. Alas, those hopes have been dashed.
"Priebus late Thursday, however, poured cold water on the notion of assuming the highest-ranking position in Trump’s future White House.
“That’s not something that we’re talking about,” he told MSNBC’s
Chuck Todd. "I know people don’t believe those things when people – but we’re just not talking about those sorts of plans right now.
Trump’s campaign chief Steve Bannon and campaign manager Kellyanne Conway were both mentioned as contenders."Instead Steve Banner, the er - banner man of the Alt-Right is the primary contender for the job.
One by one the GOP's former superstars, all vehemently anti-Trump, are coming to heel. First it was Christie and Carson, now it's (choke, gasp, smirk) Cruze and Romney.
Meanwhile, Trump is still doing it 'his way' - dumping his 'protective press corps' for a steak dinner with the family. Note that he didn't dump the Secret Service, just the media that he detests.
What can a cynic take away from the last few days? A few snickers at the ousting of Christie, and eye roll or two for the former enemies who've come to heel like "puppy dogs" now that Trump has a clear path to power.
Meanwhile, people are donating to the ACLU, and Planned Parenthood while they still exist.
You can donate in your own name, or in the name of someone else. Quite a few people are donating in the name of VP elect Pence.
Donate now, the life you save might be your own, of that of a loved one.
The next four years promise to be entertaining - but they may not be pleasant.