Steven Mnuchin's confirmation as the 77th Treasury Secretary of The United States was a historical victory for the concept of cognitive dissonance.
As we've saida few times, Mnuchin's entire career reads like a manual entitled "How-To Never Be Allowed To Get Government Work." The man is a Zelig of bad finance moments in modern history. He ran mortgages securities at Goldman Sachs in the 1990s, went into hedge funds in the Early Aughts, profiteered from the mortgage collapse created by 90s investment bankers and hedge funders, then rolled that profit forward into a Hollywood career that dipped into an ethical morass, appropriately called "Relativity Media."
Mnuchin has pushed up against the boundary between morality and money for his whole adult life, and it has made him a very rich man because that's how things work for guys like Steve Mnuchin in the private sector. But i0 has also made the notion of him working in a government cabinet position feel like a ticking time bomb, because the whole point of being something Treasury Secretary is to just to behave yourself and try to cash in after you leave office.
Steve Mnuchin is a lot of things. Patient and demure aren't two of them.
So imagine our total lack of surprise when ABC News uncovered this gem:
Secretary Steven Mnuchin requested use of a government jet to take him and his wife on their honeymoon in Scotland, France and Italy earlier this summer, sparking an “inquiry” by the Treasury Department's Office of Inspector General, sources tell ABC News.
Umm...no fucking duh!
The whole point of being Steve Mnuchin is to assume that you are entitled to things that other people aren't by dint of being Steve Mnuchin. He has never "gotten away" with anything so much as he's never given much thought to anyone stopping him or calling him out for anything he wants to do. He is, in short, the very model of a terrible government employee.
Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, said in an interview with ABC News that Mnuchin's request for a government jet on his honeymoon defies common sense.
"You don't need a giant rulebook of government requirements to just say yourself, 'This is common sense, it's wrong,'" Wyden said. "That's just slap your forehead stuff."
Let's be honest with ourselves; this was inevitable. Steve Mnuchin almost reflexively pushes the limits of what he is allowed to do, but he's finally in a position where that doesn't benefit him. Even this Circus of AssClowns that we call Congress is going to catch you trying to Sununu your own fucking honeymoon.
At this point we're not surprised at all that Steve Mnuchin is maybe dipping his toe into government graft, but we are pretty shocked that he's so clumsily terrible at it.