Economist Larry Kudlow is President Trump's new top economic advisor, and the appointment could not have come at a more opportune time. Markets are in disarray and policy has gone from a strong focus on growth-oriented tax reform to… what? It's hard to know exactly what phase we are about to enter: Nationalism, score-settling, something else?
At a moment like this, Larry brings to the table exactly what is needed. And you'd think that critics would give him a chance. After all, they've criticized President Trump for lack of humility. Kudlow is a man in recovery, who completely owns up to his addiction of a quarter century ago, and talks the classic language of recovery, handing over his life to a higher power, submitting himself to the will of God, and fessing up to past mistakes. That's exactly the sort of thing which critics say they want from President Trump, but when he hires someone who exemplifies those qualities, they turn on the sarcasm.
I recently talked about that topic on Townhall Review:
Larry Kudlow has been subject to unending attacks from the mainstream media since being announced as Trump’s chief economic advisor.
Kudlow is a devout Catholic who credits God for getting him through his years of substance abuse. On CNBC, Kudlow said that whatever might happen during his tenure as Trump’s advisor, it would be the will of God. This sentiment isn’t actually controversial, but on their MSNBC show, Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle found it worthy of incredulous laughter and snide sarcasm.
Velshi used to work for Al Jazeera—if someone there had said 'inshallah' (God’s will) no one at MSNBC would have dreamed of treating them with such contempt!
Kudlow is a fine conservative economist and will serve the president well.
And his faith should be off limits.
The bottom line is that looking for grace and throwing oneself upon God's will is pretty much as main-stream American as it comes. Lincoln comes to mind as a president who relied heavily on Providence. People who think that's weird reveal more about themselves than they do about their targets.
Will Rogers once joked that when someone asked him whether he ever prayed for Congress, he said, "No. I look at Congress and I pray for the American people." Might I suggest that in this case we do both? Mr. Kudlow is up against a tough partisan environment and one of the most high-stakes economic situations we've seen in my lifetime. Instead of sarc, we should turn to sacred, and pray for Kudlow and the President. And maybe take a look at the media, and pray for the country.