Marolt: Loose change on the Oval Office sofa
November 18, 2016
What do you think the chances are of Donald Trump resigning from his new job as president of the United States? I would say the prospect is absurd except the reality that he is actually in the position to do this is even more absurd, so I would have to say it's a possibility.
I can't imagine what the presidency of the United States has to offer Trump. He's already famous. He doesn't need the job to set himself up to make a fortune after his term is up. He doesn't seem like the type of kind, selfless person who feels a calling to public service. I think all the appeal of becoming president for him was in becoming president. Mission accomplished.
The thrill was in the chase, now what? For a guy who is used to coming and going as he pleases, it probably sounds like a miserable four-year series of meetings he doesn't particularly want to attend, talking about stuff he could understand if he actually had any interest in doing so. There's nothing in it for him.
I have considered that his ego might be enough to keep him engaged. The problem is that egos are fed by success, and my bet is that Trump has only one measure of success and it's not a falling unemployment rate or a fractional increase in productivity leading to an uptick in gross domestic product.
I don't think the problem in Washington is that it's too much of the same old, same old. It is the opposite of that. The "way things have always been done" is now the way it is never done. Donald Trump is going to realize he is not one of a kind causing gridlock on Capitol Hill.
Probably because of his ego bolstering his stubbornness in his conviction that he doesn't need to know anything in order to understand everything, Donald Trump came to honestly believe that he is the first politician to ever head to Washington to do things differently when, in fact, that has been the trendiest campaign promise over the past several decades, possibly on its last leg of pop favor, and is the reason for political gridlock because the concept includes everyone thinking they are the only one, which eliminates the need to compromise at the risk of falling back into the status quo which, ironically, used to lead to things getting done, even if a little slowly.
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While Trump was the second most popular presidential candidate this year, he will be the least popular president ever. Obviously, the Democrats don't like him. Equally obvious is that the Republicans don't, either. They tolerated him because he flew the banner for their party, but now, in a political climate that equates the upholding of an outsider's views as the unwillingness to compromise on anything, Trump refusing to cooperate with anyone will make him a duck so lame as to be unworthy of the buffet in the phoniest French restaurant in Phoenix.
Talk on the campaign trail was as valuable as expired discount coupons to stores selling Y2K survival supplies. Trump was a genius out on the back roads. He turned the traditional ways of reaching voters inside out. He did it on a budget. He broke all the rules. And that was the pinnacle of his success.
He's feeling the letdown now that his rock-and-roll campaign tour is over. Rather than settling down to serious business, he is going about appointing cabinet members and staff so controversial that he is giving himself reason to tweet in the middle of the night to generate hits as the nation's bars are closing. Anything to keep the adrenaline rush alive.
A wall between us and Mexico will not be built, because there is no need for it. Obamacare will not be thrown out, because it was actually a good start to health care reform. Manufacturing jobs will not be coming back to the U.S., because it doesn't make sense and nobody is willing to pay more for how much we currently get for so little at Wal-Mart. Muslims will not be banned because it goes against a core belief of this country. Hillary won't be doing any time.
How long will a man with his ego put up with the public derision to follow breaking every barnstorming promise he made? Will he claim that the national presidential approval ratings are rigged?
Donald Trump likes to think he's one of a kind. You never know. Maybe he'll go against the grain bigly, one last time, and tell us to take this job and shove it.
Except for the big red button, Roger Marolt thinks Donald Trump has potential to be the least impactful president in history. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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