Trump Just Named a Consumer Watchdog Who Will Play Dead


The rigid vetting standards that have been characteristic of this administration* seem still to be working at peak efficiency. The job of consumer protection advocate at the Federal Trade Commission was open and, on Wednesday, it was filled, as The New York Times reports. As an active consumer, I was happy to hear this until, you know….

Yes, yes, everybody deserves legal representation, but the mouthpiece for misery merchants doesn’t deserve a job keeping the rest of us safe from his former clients.

Putting the best possible spin on this nomination is to argue that Smith has promised to recuse himself from any investigations into his former clients. However, that isn’t exactly optimizing the power of his office. What good is a watchdog that has to play dead?

As we often say around this shebeen, Nothing But The Best People is never not going to be funny.