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Thursday, January 12, 2017


Tomorrow I'll be reporting on the terrible air pollution affecting Hawaii.  Yes, air pollution.

Today, I'll keep it simple.  I hereby predict that Elaine Chao will be confirmed as Transportation Secretary.  I've been wrong on all my Trump hunches, so I'm looking forward to my first correct guess.  She certainly is experienced, having served as deputy transportation secretary under George Bush the elder and labor secretary (first Chinese American to be a cabinet leader and stayed all of eight years) for Bush the younger.  Also helps that she is the wife of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  Best as I can tell, she was 40-years old on her wedding day and has a reputation as a tiger wife, although she has no children.

But who is she, really?  Well, she was born in Taipei, Taiwan and is 63 years old.  Here, a younger photo of her with her parents.   She has an MBA from Harvard and a third of a century ago was on a White House Fellowship under Ronald Reagan.  She is the oldest of six sisters, and many of them went on to marry Wall Street titans.  Her father is a shipping magnate and reportedly gave the McConnell-Chao marriage partnership up to $25 million.  He also donated $40 million to Harvard Business School.

The New York Times yesterday had a rather humorous op-ed about Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump's campaign manager, the first female ever to marshall a presidential candidate to victory.  Click on that link, it'll make your day.  She got rewarded by being named Counselor to the President.

Conway will be 50 years old next week.  She has a J.D. from George Washington Law School and has worked for Jack Kemp, Fred Thompson, Dan Quayle, New Gingrich and Mike Pence.  She is best known as a conservative commentator, and one had to be continuously in awe about her unconscious attitude regarding Donald Trump.  Quoting that NYT article mentioned above:

     ...a circus of  euphemisms, a festival of distractions and a testament to the stamina of a willed smile.


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