Now Trump is borrowing bad ideas from Stalin according to Charlie Pierce. I understand why some would refer to these ‘minders’ as ‘komissars’ but they are technically PolitRuks, a contraction of ‘political leader’ [политрук, from политический руководитель] Both Khrushchev and Breshnev used their positions as PolitRuks for successful commanders to advance in the Party. So now we have a bunch of newbies trying to run Cabinets departments with White House spies sitting at their elbows and none of the senior appointed positions filled.
Great, we have almost no ambassadors around the world, or US Attorneys but we have political minders in all departments to ensure loyalty to the Trump party line. This is a level of paranoia found among petty dictators.