Monday, July 24, 2017

Enter Anthony Scaramucci (And Exit Scaramucci -see update below)

By now most people in the USA will have become aware of the name Anthony Scaramucci, President Trump's newest addition (at the time of writing!) to his team. Scaramucci is to be the new Communications Director for the Trump administration.

I spent some time reading around to get an idea about the kind of guy Scaramucci is - or is seen to be by those who've met him. By all accounts he's charismatic, practical and charming - and that alone makes a change! He's a smooth talker, Harvard educated wealthy financier and entrepreneur, hedge fund manager, but did come from a Long Island working class background of Italian immigrants.

With new WH  Press Secretary, Sarah  Huckabee Sanders
A few other boxes ticked in his favour: several of his political opinions do not chime with others in Trump's administration. Some of his old Tweets show that he has embraced several liberal-leaning policy stances during recent years, just as President Trump did before he committed to running as a Republican. "I am not a partisan just practical. I voted for Clinton and Obama", Scaramucci wrote on Twitter in November 2011. He has also supported gun control, gay marriage, and unlike his new boss, Scaramucci believes the climate is changing. "You can take steps to combat climate change without crippling the economy. The fact many people still believe CC is a hoax is disheartening", he wrote in March 2016, weeks after the GOP primaries started. (See Washington Examiner, HERE).

I had to chuckle at the astrology reference while reading these paragraphs from a piece by Jessica Pressler, Long on Trump


When, to everyone’s disbelief, Donald Trump actually won the presidency and became someone to take seriously, so did Scaramucci. Since the election, Mooch’s stock has been way up: Yahoo Finance named him its “Wall Streeter of the Year,” despite the fact that his flagship fund had been performing poorly over the past two years. He has been a constant presence at Trump Tower, squiring bigwigs to meetings with the president-in-waiting. When I found him mixing a margarita for himself in an empty bar downstairs at the Hunt and Fish Club, his face still waxen with makeup after a day on TV, he told me it’s about to go even higher.

“Scaramucci, Exploring Government Post, Weighs Sale of SkyBridge,” he said triumphantly, reading a headline from Bloomberg off his iPhone. Then he launched into a sequence of stories about the first time he saw The Godfather (he was 8) and his uncle Orlando’s Perry Como impression, before returning to the subject of his new position.

“So I said to Vice-President Pence, who was here tonight,” he went on, “I said, ‘I’ll do whatever the hell you guys want.’ I know you probably think that’s, like, me being passive-aggressive,” he said to me, “but it’s not, it’s me being even-keeled. My best service to him is acting as a fair broker for the situation, because what happens in Washington is they will stab you right in the chest with a smile on their face. It’s like the Game of Thrones and the Hunger Games screenwriters got together with the writers of House of Cards and they made a story. And the other thing I have learned about these people in Washington, Nelson,” he said, turning to his partner, who had settled in at the bar, “is they have no money. So what happens when they have no fucking money is they fight about what seat they are in and what the title is. Fucking congressmen act like that. They are fucking jackasses. Do you know how many congressional liaisons we are going to have? I don’t either, but I told Pence, it should be four times whatever Obama had. I don’t know how many he had, but I’m telling you that didn’t work out. I’m telling him if you want to decrease the government, you gotta increase it in certain ways. Pence was great, right, you met him, Nelson, he was great.”

He suddenly stopped and squinted at me. “How old are you?” he asked. “You look good. No lines on your face. What are you, a Sagittarius?”

I told him I’m a Leo.

Scaramucci nodded approvingly. “Fucking king of the jungle!” he said, lifting his drink.

Which leads me neatly into Anthony Scaramucci's own natal chart - it has to be set for 12 noon as I haven't, yet, found any time of birth for him. He was born on 6 January 1964 in Long Island, NY.

He's a triple Earthy Capricorn (Sun, Mercury and Mars) - that's not at all surprising with his business and Wall Street background. His natal Venus and Saturn are next door in Aquarius, fairly close together, close enough to be termed conjunct in fact. Bear in mind here that Saturn is the traditional ruler of Aquarius, and also rules Capricorn. Therefore his Earthy Sun's ruler, in the Airy sign of Aquarius will modify, somewhat, both traditional Capricorn attributes and traditional Aquarian attributes.

Scaramucci's Moon in mid-Libra, at noon, means that whatever time he was born, Moon would have to be somewhere in charming Libra. I see this reflected in his facial characteristics - he's an attractive guy with, by all accounts, an attractive personality. I'm surprised not to find any Gemini planets in his chart, as he seems to be a good communicator (he'd better be - in this new position in the White House!) Perhaps he has either Gemini or Virgo rising.

Natal Jupiter (planet of expansion and publication) is in Aries, and in a helpful sextile aspect to Venus in Aquarius; interestingly these two sextiled planets also link by 150 degree aspects (quincunx) to conjoined generational outer planets Uranus and Pluto in Virgo. Bearing in mind that Uranus is modern ruler of Aquarius, the usual scratchiness of the quincunx, with Venus, could be somewhat softened by this sextile with Jupiter. I'm not sure, though, exactly what to make of this Yod formation, with its apex at Pluto/Uranus in Virgo. The Uranus/Pluto conjunction was signature of many of the born-in 1960s generation.

I'm guardedly optimistic about President Trump's latest addition to his team. It will be interesting to watch Mr Scaramucci's progress, or lack of same. I've read that both Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus were against his appointment - and Sean Spicer appeared to resign because of it. Perhaps their reasons were related to a dislike of the socially liberal attitudes Scaramucci has hinted - or maybe they are simply jealous of his good looks and charisma!

Hey - but it's Music Monday!

I forgot to mention, above, that Anthony Scaramucci's nickname among his friends is "The Mooch" - there's a jazz number with the same name (+ an "e"):

The Mooche - Duke Ellington


UPDATE 31 July 2017

EXIT Scaramucci!

Well, well, well...that didn't last long! I'm quite disappointed.

From (and we certainly are seeing plenty of variety!)

President Donald Trump is removing Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, just 11 days after he was announced for the job.

“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best.”
Scaramucci was under fire after the New Yorker published an expletive-filled conversation he had with one of its writers, Ryan Lizza.

Sanders told reporters that Trump felt that Scaramucci’s comments were “inappropriate.” She said that Trump did not want to “burden” Kelly with a communications director who reported to the president, not the chief of staff.

Scaramucci was not scheduled to officially begin his job until Aug. 15.


Anonymous said...

Porn star Don hired the Mooch to be his personal fluffer, mistaking tumidity for performance. This B-grade, shot on a cell phone, video attempt at arthouse-presidency has too many ethically crude close-ups of Don's self-pleasuring obscenities.

Twilight said...

Anonymous ~ Crude? You're not doing too badly yourself on that score!

Wisewebwoman said...

You did see his comment about the world only being 5500 years old right?


Twilight said...

Wisewebwoman ~ No - hadn't seen that one, and I'm a bit surprised. A very quick search indicates that in the interview with someone called Cuomo he corrected himself and said he meant that world history is 5,500 years old (still not 100% correct but less damning). However, I was prepared to read of lots of derogatory stuff about him on liberal websites such as Slate, Salon, etc etc. this week. I do not trust them any longer. I give 'em a wide berth - they still haven't got over Clinton losing the election. But I do accept that Scaramucci will probably use whatever bullshit he needs to use, regularly - that goes with the territory. Still, I'd guess he's a lot less awful than the Rick Perrys, Mike Pences and other Republicans close to the White House, though. Small mercies!

R J Adams said...

Frankly, I wouldn't trust him to sell me a used car, but then that applies to probably half the human race. He looks more like a Mafioso than a Mafioso (yes, I know we shouldn't go by looks, but I despise people who ooze false charm, and he does). I also despise hedge funds and everyone involved with them. They've been the main factor behind the rise of the 1% and the demise of the American middle class (and UK working class). Scaramucci is one who will change horses mid-race if it's to his advantage. He backed Obama; he backed Clinton, then after calling him everything bad under the sun, he backed Trump. Don't expect this man to do anything good for Americans earning under half a million a year - he won't. He'll only do what's good for Scaramucci. Finally, (for now ;-)) if Trump's hired him he's gotta be a crook.

R J Adams said...

PS As for that Sarah Huckabee Sanders, which House of Horrors did they drag her out of? Ah, of course, the house of that evangelical religious nutter, Michael Huckabee, ex-Fox News presenter, Southern baptist minister, rock star (so he likes to think!), and multi-failed presidential candidate. She should fit into the Trump White House nicely.

Twilight said...

RJ Adams ~ Hmmmm! Leetle bit of stereotyping going on there RJ? Re charm, false or otherwise, will be helpful to the work he's been hired to do - which will not entail him in any policy making - he's Communications Director only, not a senator or representative or policy maker of any kind. He's engaged to try to make Trump's administration seem less obnoxious. A hard task, I'll freely admit.

I'm thoroughly disenchanted with the US media, both mainstream and much that's to be found on the net right now. I'm looking for any small sliver of light - relief from constant anti-Trump, Russia, Russia, Russia. I can't possibly feel pro-Trump, but neither can I enjoy the horrible political atmosphere there is around just now. I don't fit in anywhere, I'd never agree with Republican views and I currently despise establishment Democrats. Bernie continues doing his best, but fighting a losing and almost lone, battle. Democrats hate him, so I despise them and their corporate toadying. At least with Trump and Scarmucci we know what to expect!

Ms Huckabee Sanders - I know nothing of - wasn't even sure if she was related to Mike Huckabee. She has taken over Spicer's thankless task - a brave gal to even contemplate doing that!

Anonymous said...

I would be astonished if his Ascendant wasn't Gemini, given his quick wit. I read some of his Tweets last night and they were hilarious. I honestly thought he would also have some personal planets in Sagittarius instead of Capricorn. He would get along with Trump because Trump has his Sun in Gemini and Moon in Sadge.

Twilight said...

Anonymous ~ Yes, Gemini rising would be a good bet. I could also see him having Sagittarius rising, re his over-the-top unbridled approach, but also he seems very jovial at times. I suspect that he and Trump will be frequently in touch - even though no longer connected officially - chatting about "stuff"...they seem to be cut from the same type of cloth - whether astrology says so or not. ;-)