Mr. Trump needs all the talent he can get since few people will want to join his team with only 18 months left in his term. Why take the risk if you know you’ll be sent over the side as soon as Democrats and the media decide to make you a political target?
Acosta, who aspired to be a federal judge, had a strategy as secretary to play a safe, inside game running the Labor Department, according to multiple current and former administration officials. He aimed for a balance in his approach to labor policy that would satisfy the White House — while also placating union leaders and Democrats on Capitol Hill.
And so, says Mirengoff,
The left was happy with Acosta’s tenure at DOL. From its perspective, the Acosta DOL was better than what it realistically could have hoped for in a Republican administration.
As Rein tells us in her belated story, Andy Puzder, Trump’s original pick for the job, would have been a nightmare for the left. Pat Pizzella, who eventually became Acosta’s deputy is, in Rein’s words, “a hard-liner” who “is expected to follow an agenda that closely matches the White House’s.” Imagine that.
The WSJ pretty much concedes the point:
Deputy Labor Secretary Pat Pizzella will take over as acting Secretary, and he has support in the employer community. A source tells us Mr. Pizzella has promised to expedite Labor rule-makings that were slow-rolled by career bureaucrats under Mr. Acosta.
Which is to say, Labor rule-making was slow-rolled by Acosta. Sounds like a win for Trump. An acting Secretary should who's on the same page with the President. Why should Trump mind?