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The people responsible for this week's column have been sacked

Monday, November 21, 2016 - Updated: 10:30 AM

So far, the first days of the Trump administration are playing last minutes of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

For anyone unfamiliar with the movie, once the credits start to roll, an odd dialogue scrolls across the bottom of the screen. It involves a conversation about moose bites and Sweden. And while that's going on below, the name Llama is applied liberally above.

Partway though, the credits stop and it's announced that those responsible for subtitles have been "sacked." The credits begin again and... then another message.

"The directors of the firm hired to continue the credits after the other people had been sacked wish it to be known that they have just been sacked. The credits have been completed in an entirely different style at great expense and at the last minute."

At that point, the screen switches again to blaring, obnoxious music and bright flashing lights.

President-elect Trump must know how the directors feel.

On the campaign trail, Trump assured voters he would 'drain the swamp' in Washington, getting rid of long-time lurkers and lobbyist influence. Names bubbling to the surface during the first few days of transition told a different story. The picks to lead the government were mostly recycled members of Bush administrations (both of them), or were familiar as leading lobbyists.

As the media took note, Trump immediately dismissed it as faulty reporting, but took control of the transition team away from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and gave it to the vice president elect.

In other words, Christie was "sacked."

Which is something worth noting. Sure, Trump shielded himself from blame by saying the media misreported what was happening, but at least to some degree he acknowledged that a mistake had been made. Presumably, his people went to work to fix that.

That's a step in the right direction that hopefully more lawmakers will take note of. Too often we hold people — specifically people in positions of authority — to a higher standard. And we should, particularly people in leadership positions. But we also have to remember that at the end of the day, they're just people, too.

There's nothing wrong with making a mistake. We all do it (even newspaper writers). The fault comes in continuing down the wrong path instead of asking for directions. Lets hope we're moving in the right direction.

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