‘Never Trump’ national-security Republicans fear they have been blacklisted

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The neoconservative, Bushite foreign policy community really went all in for Hillary Clinton even though most of the neocons are nominally “Republicans.” They are right to be concerned. Let the neocons wander the wilderness, maybe this time for good. (The world can only hope.)

It’s not a “blacklist.” You lost. You picked the wrong pony and now you don’t get to come to the circus. Sorry.

(From The Washington Post)

Last week, the Trump transition held a private briefing for secretary-of-state nominee Rex Tillerson to prepare him for his Senate confirmation hearing. One former Bush national security official who works at a Washington think tank said that some of his younger staff assistants were invited to participate but that he was not. He assumes it was because he signed the letter.

“It’s hostile,” said this person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of further retribution. “It’s not just that we’re frozen out. . . . I was told they said there was an enemies list.”

I wouldn’t want a bunch of Bush retreads in my White House either. This would be an example of one of the “wins” for small government people in the great “wins and losses spreadsheet” of the Trump presidency.

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