Anthony Scaramucci, according to the New York Times, has been removed from his role as communications director at the White House. After a remarkable two weeks of profanity and political intrigue the Mooch has finally been cut loose.
To make sense of the whirlwind events a brief timeline is in order (Reading soundtrack can be found here).
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
January 12: Scaramucci is tapped as assistant to the president and director of the White House Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs. A hedge-fund manager with no political experience, Scaramucci will manage the primary line of communication between the White House and the public.
January 31: Fox News reports that "tensions building inside the Trump White House" have delayed the Scaramucci appointment. Later that day, Politico reports "Priebus called Scaramucci to tell him he should pull out of consideration."
February 1: The New York Times reports that Scaramucci will not be heading to the White House due to the sale of his firm, SkyBridge Capital, to a shady, politically connected Chinese group.
June 19: Scaramucci re-emerges as chief strategy officer of the Export-Import Bank.
June 26: Three CNN journalists resign after reporting erroneously that Scaramucci met with Russian investors while working on the Trump transition team. Scaramucci tweets, "CNN did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on."
Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality
July 21: The White House announces that Scaramucci will serve as communications director, regardless of the "vehement objections" of Priebus.
July 21: During his first press conference, a charismatic Scaramucci tells reporters that he will report directly to the president. He ends the briefing by blowing a kiss to the press.
July 21: Sean Spicer tenders his resignation. Later on Fox News, the former press secretary holds fire on Scaramucci, tells Sean Hannity that Trump is "incredibly gracious."
July 26: Politico publishes Scaramucci's financial disclosures, reporting that he "still stands to profit from SkyBridge from the White House."
July 26: In a since-deleted tweet, Scaramucci implies that Priebus leaked his financial disclosures and threatens to ask FBI to investigate. But the records weren't leaked -- they were already in the public domain because of his previous Ex-Im appointment.
Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see
July 27: Scaramucci calls Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker to vent. He accuses Priebus of extreme paranoia and implies that senior White House adviser, Steve Bannon, is capable of auto-fellatio.
I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy
July 28: Trump announces via Twitter that he has named DHS Secretary and retired Marine John Kelly chief of staff, replacing Priebus. Asked later on CNN to comment on Scaramucci's profanity laced interview, Priebus says "I'm not going to get into the mud on those sort of things."
July 31: Scaramucci is removed from his post. The New York Times reports that Kelly told White House staff that "he is in charge."
Because I'm easy come, easy go, little high, little lowAny way the wind blows doesn't really matter to me.
Philip Wegmann is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.