As the Donald Trump transition team labors in secret toward creating the next national administration, the news media are groping (if you'll pardon the expression) to find out who the president-elect will be relying on to run domestic and foreign policy for the next four years.
His selection of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to be his White House chief of staff tells us only that his choice will continue to be chief enabler, as he was in the campaign. Priebus accommodatingly soothed hurt feelings among the party doubters as Trump rode roughshod over them.
More worrisome is Trump's choice as chief political strategist, Steve Bannon, late the boss of the Breitbart News website. It is the vitriolic ultraconservative voice of what Bannon has called "the platform for the alt-right," apparently as the alternative to the safe and sane old Republican Party now in shambles.
Bannon, in contrast to Priebus, seems to be an enabler of Trump's darker side, encouraging him in using his arsenal of slurs and insults of women, blacks, Muslims and various other racial and ethnic minorities.