Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Great Businessman Takes Over

I want to quote as some length an article from Politico, hardly a left wing publication.

"In interviews, nearly two dozen people who’ve spent time with Trump in the three weeks since his inauguration said that his mood has careened between surprise and anger as he’s faced the predictable realities of governing...Trump often asks simple questions about policies, proposals and personnel. And, when discussions get bogged down in details, the president has been known to quickly change the subject — to "seem in control at all times," one senior government official said — or direct questions about details to his chief strategist Steve Bannon, his son-in-law Jared Kushner or House Speaker Paul Ryan. Trump has privately expressed disbelief over the ability of judges, bureaucrats or lawmakers to delay — or even stop — him from filling positions and implementing policies.

The president and his allies believe career NSC staff assigned from other agencies are out to get them. In turn, some NSC staff believe Trump does not possess the capacity for detail and nuance required to handle the sensitive issues discussed on the calls, and that he has politicized their agency by appointing chief strategist Bannon to the council."

They are paranoid lunatics who do not have the most basic understanding of how the government works, and apparently they believe that Trump was elected to do absolutely whatever he wants, like the owner of a company, or a dictator.  Unfortunately, this has been clear ever since Trump started running for President, but the mainstream press didn't think it should be a significant factor in choosing our leader, so they focused on Hilary's e-mails instead.

"The interviews paint a picture of a powder-keg of a workplace where job duties are unclear, morale among some is low, factionalism is rampant and exhaustion is running high."

The great businessman.  And what else would you expect to happen, when you put a weak, ignorant bully who can't control his emotions, in charge of a huge organization?  But apparently the mainstream press also thought this obvious fact was not of any interest to the voters.

"Christopher Ruddy, a Trump friend and the chief executive of the conservative Newsmax Media, said “Running the federal government is something new for him, for sure.” But, Ruddy added, “I think if he's demonstrated anything in his life, he is a very fast learner and adapts very quickly. The man is not to be underestimated.”

Well, he is right there.  No one has managed to underestimate him enough yet, to match the reality.  However, Ruddy is wrong about his conclusions.  You can correct for lack of knowledge, but you cannot correct for mental instability, nor for criminal corruption.  And in the megalomaniac Trump's case, you cannot even correct for lack of knowledge, because as he has so often said, he already knows more than anyone else in the world.

"For all his frustrations, Trump has reveled in the trappings of the presidency."

Because, as has been clear from the beginning, he thought the Presidency was all about lounging around in the Oval Office, and giving speeches to vast crowds of cheering, paid sycophants.  The work was someone else's problem.

Or perhaps I should say it is now everyone else's problem.

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