Every management book says choosing the right lieutenants and partners is critical to success for any enterprise: always surround yourself with the best people. Even Donald Trump at least paid lip service to the idea when he promised to do that coming into office (that was before the best, the pretty good, the OK-I-guess, and strata right down to unqualified figured out it was time to run away from him, so he had to hire out of dumpsters). So his judgment of Michael Cohen as “weak” and “not very smart” seemed odd given their two-decade relationship…was that a new insight?
Readers will surely be as puzzled as I was, but Alexandra Petri brilliantly resolves this mystery today.
Historians of our current malaise will have to credit Trump, against all his evils, for inspiring Petri to new personal bests.