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The Start of a Two-Front War?

Some Trump loyalists have taken Anthony Scaramucci’s appointment as the first move in a campaign to rid the White House of everyone with ties to the Republican National Committee:

Scaramucci has long complained to associates that some White House staffers have been more focused on managing the image of Priebus than on defending Trump and promoting his agenda. An informal list of names, including several officials who previously worked under Priebus and Spicer at the Republican National Committee, has been circulating among Scaramucci allies as those whose jobs may be in jeopardy.

One of Priebus’s deputies, Katie Walsh, was pushed out of the White House earlier this year, and Scaramucci’s planned overhaul is likely to leave Priebus even more isolated in the West Wing.

The same story mentions longtime Republican operative Wayne Berman as a possible Priebus replacement.

Leave aside the wisdom of purging Priebus and his allies from the White House. Leave aside the wisdom of firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions and alienating his supporters in the process. Doing both of these things around the same time — simultaneously attacking two different groups of Republicans who have been trying to work with Trump, however unsatisfactorily in Trump’s mind — would seem to be even less wise than doing either of them individually. But the president is full of surprises, and they have usually worked out for him.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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