President-elect Trump has picked ExxonMobil CEO and Putin bestie Rex Tillerson to be his Secretary of State, ending a monthlong reality show with contestants running the gamut from former U.N. ambassador John Bolton to former CIA Director David Petraeus to Senator Bob Corker to poor, tortured Mitt Romney. Also on the list of losers is former Mayor of 9/11 Town and Current Mayor of Transylvania Rudy Giuliani, who was an early favorite—Trump didn't pick him, though, because he didn't have enough "stamina" for the job. Rudy, meanwhile, says he's got STAMINA FOR DAYS, he'll take you to the Hamptons and show you just how much stamina he's got! (Send the bill to the taxpayers.)

According to the Wall Street Journal, Giuliani at least thought he was the favorite for the gig, despite his lack of experience and a few financial conflicts. But a transition official told reporters that Trump wasn't sure Giuliani had the stamina for the job, ostensibly because of his age (72) and the fact that he is possibly insane.

But Giuliani won't let the MEDIA get away with these LIES. "My stamina is unbelievable," he told WSJ. UNBELIEVABLE. TREMENDOUS. HE CAN SAVE US FROM 9/11 ALL OVER AGAIN.

Not that Rudy's fortitude got him hired, though he did manage to hang on as a top four pick into the end of November. At that point, by the way, Trump had apparently decided he was 95 percent going to choose Romney, though whether that meant for Secretary of State or for his personal taxidermy art collection is unclear. In the end, Giuliani allegedly pulled his name from consideration, possibly because he realized his stamina wasn't quite as impressive as he thought, but also perhaps because he can make way more money/have way more unhinged television interviews in the private sector.

“This is not about me," Giuliani said, after announcing he dropped out. "It is about what is best for the country and the new administration. Before I joined the campaign I was very involved and fulfilled by my work with my law firm and consulting firm, and I will continue that work with even more enthusiasm. From the vantage point of the private sector, I look forward to helping the president-elect in any way he deems necessary and appropriate.”

Please do.

Another noteworthy nugget, by the way, is that it was actually former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice who pushed for Tillerson, despite his lack of diplomatic experience and troubling business ties with Russia. Does it matter that Rice's consulting firm, RiceHadleyGates, has taken Exxon on as a client, and she and partner former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley "have been consulting Exxon ‘on Iraq, and the broader region as well’ since at least 2011," according to a 2013 report? In the Trump plutocracy, conflicts of interest like these are the norm.

Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post suggests that Tillerson is a particularly "Trumpian" pick:


What Trump offered in the course of the campaign was a radical change in the way of doing the business of the American public. That change included — and, in many ways, was typified by — the sort of people he said he would surround himself with if he were elected. He is, quite literally, making good on a central campaign promise by favoring people like Tillerson. And yet, there is a general sense of shock within the political establishment about the idea that someone with Tillerson's background might be the fifth most powerful person in government.

Much of this consternation is built on the political establishment's inability to fully grasp that the old rules of “how things are done in politics” are simply not operative with Trump. As he has made clear over and over again, Trump simply see no rules, or, if he does see them, he chooses not to acknowledge that he is governed by them.

He likes Tillerson. Tillerson is a titan of industry. That's all Trump needs.

Well, here we go.