Reading news reports of Sessions' hearing today, I start to catch a scent that the people around Trump managing the staffing of his admin -- Priebus, Pence, Trump's children and Jared -- are rather cleverly ring-fencing him with department heads who can control and manage him. Like: Sessions' numerous pointed replies today that, in effect, he will not just be the President's stooge ring true to me. Many unpleasant things about him, but he is an independent, indeed rather cussedly so, adult with no need to kowtow to Trump, or anybody. Likewise, Rex Tillerson is nobody's fool. Etc. This admin will not give us what HRC would have; but I am beginning to see how it may just turn out to be competent, and even then some. And Trump's after all centrist instincts, coupled with his showman and salesman talents, and his heart's desire to appeal to the biggest possible audience... ...Still plenty to worry about, but my existential despair is at least somewhat receding. And not, I think, just out of desperate magical thinking, as was necessary in the first days after the election.