The press will speak of Anthony Scaramucci for approximately one more week (if that), before he fades into the same hole as Hamilton Jordan (Carter’s chief of staff), who lasted almost a year–301 days longer than The Mooch.
In an interview with Huffington Post, Scaramucci explained his blowup on the phone with New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza as “humorous and joking.”
Scaramucci said he felt burned by the interview. “The Lizzas and Scaramuccis have been friends for over 50 years. My dad knew his dad from construction, and we were building a personal relationship. Most of what I said was humorous and joking. Legally, it may have been on the record, but the spirit of it was off. And he knew that.”
When I asked Lizza for his response, he wrote back: “I’ve only known Anthony in his capacity as a Trump surrogate and then White House communications director. We are not and have never been ‘old family friends,’ though I think our fathers knew each other, so maybe that’s what he’s talking about. (The Long Island Italian world in that generation is relatively small.) But again, that would not be a reason to suppress an explosive on-the-record interview.”
Ryan Lizza is Scaramucci’s junior by 10 years. They didn’t grow up together. They wouldn’t be chums. Maybe their fathers knew each other, but the “old family friends” excuse doesn’t fly.
Not only that, but if we were to grant that somehow Lizza and Scaramucci had a personal relationship, that would be more reason why The Mooch would need to be extra cautious about what’s “on the record” and what isn’t. As a Wall Street CEO and a Harvard J.D., how could Scaramucci possibly be so stupid as to not know he’s talking to a reporter and everything he says is going to be, uhm, reported?
There’s only one answer: he’s not that stupid.
He knew Lizza would print every word, and that it would (hopefully) lead to Priebus’ departure, and maybe even Bannon’s. He knew Trump would be amused, as one New Yorker to another.
After his dismissal, Scaramucci went right back to attention-grabbing, strutting into the Trump Hotel to see who noticed him. There’s always a few reporters staking out Swamp Central, so they noticed (but didn’t approach).
— ElizabethNolanBrown (@ENBrown) July 31, 2017
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) July 31, 2017
Scaramucci wanted to be quoted. He wanted to be noticed. He still wants to be noticed.
In 2008, he was raising funds for Barack Obama. I suspect if Trump rejects him, he’ll surface again as a liberal hero.
We haven’t seen the last of The Mooch.