Ode to White House staff

I’m a sap for the season’s obligatory markings of passage. I choke up at Auld Lang Syne. When I watch those tributes on Turner Classic Movies reminding us of Hollywood legends who died during the year, I blink back tears, although I’m not sure exactly what a chief lighting technician does. Now with Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeEurope deepens energy dependence on Russia Overnight Energy: House Science Committee hits EPA with subpoenas | California sues EPA over Trump revoking emissions waiver | Interior disbands board that floated privatization at national parks Interior disbands advisory board that floated privatization at national parks MORE’s departure and John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE’s looming exit, it seems like a fitting time to pay homage to the many men and women who served and left President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE in his first two years. They came and went like the scattering of winter leaves in a blizzard. Cue the mawkish piano music.

The Oval Office seems lonely, the Cabinet bare!
Oh West Wing, oh East Wing! Is anyone there?

They rode towards the sunset, or under a cloud,
They were Zinke, Flynn, and lead counsel Dowd.

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Farewell sage grouse, let the oil drilling begin!
As endangered as Ayers who was out before in.

To Bannon and Bossert. Wasn’t it nice?
Goodbye to Porter, to Pruitt, and Price.

Short didn’t stay long. He disappeared in a blaze.
Scaramucci? He scrammed in less than 12 days.

Sayonara Anton, Dearborn, and Cobb!
You faded like Spicer’s inaugural mob.

Scram Kelly and Gorka. Leave Icahn and Cohn.
Take note of the survivors. Is that Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneProsecution witness asks judge not to send Roger Stone to prison Authorities prepared to hand over Roger Stone records to media: report Bannon: 'We need the Republican establishment on board' to reelect Trump MORE?

To General McMaster, here’s a snappy salute.
Thanks for your service before taking that boot.

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Thanks Raffel, Ricardel, Watnick and Powell,
And so many others who threw in the towel.

Or had it thrown at them in a hashtag dump,
Out #Comey, Out #Rex, said Donald Trump.

Au revoir Omarosa, zei gezunt McGahn,
Farewell to Walsh, adieu to McFarland.

Shalom to Schadlow, Sorensen, and Schiller.
If you don’t mind, please take Stephen Miller?

We had hope in Hicks till she rushed for the door,
Plus Shaub and Shulkin from dear president 44.

Hail Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyIs Mike Pence preparing to resign, assume the presidency, or both? Judd Apatow urges Georgia voters to get rid of Doug Collins after 'terrorists' comment Nikki Haley: Democratic leadership, 2020 Dems are the only people mourning Soleimani death MORE, whose bright comet was fleeting.
Heal, Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLawmaker wants Chinese news outlet to register as foreign agent Trump-aligned group launches ad campaign hitting Doug Jones on impeachment ICE subpoenas Denver law enforcement: report MORE, from Trump’s public beating.

Life goes on, faithful servants, new chapters reveal,
Each of your futures holds a six figure book deal.

Steve Israel represented New York in Congress for 16 years. He served as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee from 2011 to 2015. He is a novelist whose latest book is “Big Guns.” You can follow him on Twitter @RepSteveIsrael and Facebook @RepSteveIsrael.