Misunderestimating Trump

I love to read Allahpundit’s articles over at Hot Air – one of the best writers out there; but this bit is, well, just wrong:

…That’s not the first clue we’ve gotten that Obama intends to run a charm offensive at Trump, at least at first, in hopes of getting a foot in the door for Democrats to influence him on policy. (It’s also not the first time we’ve heard that Trump was blown away upon learning what the job he just spent 16 months competing for actually entails. “He was nervous and jolted … by the 90-minute Oval Office meeting with Mr. Obama,” according to people close to Trump who spoke to the NYT, “and for the first time appeared to take in the enormousness of the job.”)…

First off, I’m astonished at people still lending credence to whatever the New York Times says – they are entirely devolved from a news organization to an arm of the DNC. Might as well believe DNC talking points. But I’m also amazed that anyone can believe the story that Trump was shocked about the job of being President…and that Obama, who came into the White House with zero executive experience, is some how some sort of elder statesman who can help Trump.

There is no way that Obama will want to in any way, shape or form help Trump. He will want Trump to fail in a spectacular fashion because only in such failure is there any chance of preserving Obama’s legacy. Also, after eight years in office, there is no indication that Obama has learned even the first clue about how to be a successful executive. He’s been surrounded by yes-men and sycophants, his hideous errors have been covered up by the press and his whole demeanor speaks of an attitude that he didn’t have and never will have anything to learn. If anything, Trump took the measure of Obama and figured, “just do the opposite of what this guy did, and I’m ok”. I can only guess that Allahpundit hasn’t read The Worst President in History (pick up your copy, today!). It details a man who relentlessly failed at every task he set himself. He’s not a mentor for anyone. Ever.

But it isn’t just Allahpundit – I see it all over the place among those who were flat-out Never Trump or at least highly skeptical of him. The idea is that Trump will surround himself with Pence and Romney and such people will “control” Trump and make it all ok. It won’t be like that, I think. Trump is building up a team of people he thinks will be effective at carrying out Trump’s policies. His people, if they are good (and his picks so far are good) will polish and strengthen his policies, but they will be Trump’s policies. And that is for good or ill.

I remember stories like this early on in the Reagan years – how he was really viewed as an amiable dunce whom his handlers had to keep control of. Many years afterwards, the truth emerged – mostly in Reagan’s own writings – that policy was Reagan’s and he pushed it all through and made it all happen. It is a rare genius in leadership to have the ability to make people think they are leading you when you are leading them. Lincoln had it. MacArthur had it. We’ll see if Trump has it. Right now, he’s acting like he does – even the mere consideration of fierce-critic Romney for Secretary of State or other high Cabinet position shows a man who is secure in his abilities. Trump may be deceiving himself, of course – only time will tell on that. But this idea that he’s malleable clay in the hands of his betters should be jettisoned by everyone. This is going to be Trump’s show.

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8 thoughts on “Misunderestimating Trump

  1. Cluster November 21, 2016 / 8:39 am

    What a difference a month makes. Just two weeks ago I was fully prepared for a Clinton presidency and at least 4 more years of dealing with exploding health care costs and wearing out my mute button. I had wondered what direction the GOP might take and whether or not I even wanted to be a part of it but thankfully the good folks in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Ohio saw through the empty rhetoric and held the Democrats accountable for their failures and now it is the Democrats who find themselves in the political abyss. Once the Clinton mask was ripped off and thrown away, an aging, out of touch, and hollow party was exposed. Eight years of identity politics led by an inexperienced partisan hack has decimated this party and I for one could not be happier. As they say, this could not have happened to a nicer group of people. Yet, they have not learned one thing from their defeat and continue to lecture the American people and blame everyone else but themselves for their failures. They continue to amplify the race card, they continue to mischaracterize Trumps positions, and they continue to double down on the failed policies that led to this disaster. But while their smug condescending attitudes are annoying, we should all encourage their continued allegiance to their identity politics and their victim based political ideology because as we just learned from the 2016 election, Americans don’t consider themselves to be racists or victims and are tired of being lectured to, particularly by a group of out of touch elites.

  2. Cluster November 21, 2016 / 8:53 am

    And right on queue, the NYT does not let us down:

    Instead of turning to the many principled Republicans available, Donald J. Trump seems drawn to hotheads and bigots, Nicholas Kristof writes in The New York Times Opinion Section.

    I wonder what Kristoff’s opinion was about Eric Holders appointment?

    • Cluster November 21, 2016 / 8:59 am

      And the NYT just can’t help themselves:

      A question has been posed in a puzzled whisper in many of the nation’s living rooms and newsrooms ever since Donald J. Trump’s triumph in this month’s presidential election: What, exactly, is white nationalism?

      There are no “puzzling whispers” going on in the nations living rooms, NYT. Those are just the voices in your dystopian collective heads.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/22/world/americas/white-nationalism-explained.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur

      • Retired Spook November 21, 2016 / 10:36 am

        There are no “puzzling whispers” going on in the nations living rooms, NYT. Those are just the voices in your dystopian collective heads.

        LOL – tell us how you really feel, Cluster. Using stats from one of the most biased sources in the country the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are around 900 hate groups in the U.S., the majority of which are white supremacists/white nationalist groups. Let’s be generous and say each has 1,000 members. That would make those who identify with such ideology less than 3/10 of one percent of the U.S. population, and that includes a sizable number that are “black” separatist groups.

      • Cluster November 21, 2016 / 1:30 pm

        Good analysis and just makes you scratch your head on why the left is making this to be so much bigger than it really is.

      • Cluster November 21, 2016 / 1:42 pm

        The NYT is losing it. Here’s another excerpt from the opinion pages:

        “That orange glow emanating from [Donald J. Trump] is the sun setting on America’s progress, however slow and halting, on race and gender inclusion and equity.”

      • Amazona November 21, 2016 / 6:28 pm

        “…. makes you scratch your head on why the left is making this to be so much bigger than it really is…”

        That’s easy. The Left is completely dependent on misery, chaos and divisiveness to advance. When we foolishly got suckered into voting for a man just because of the color of his skin, and he promised us his goal was to “fundamentally transform” this country, these are the tools he used. In spite of constant blathering about alleged economic recovery, people don’t make more money than they used to, unemployment skyrocketed, and millions have stopped even trying to find work. He massively increased the size and scope of the Dependent Class, which does not happen in an economically sound nation. He and his administration openly promoted divisiveness, and gave government sanction to vicious racism. When Leftist agitators worked to create chaos, his administration not only did nothing to stop it, it threw gasoline on the fire. And racial divisiveness is not the only kind promoted by this administration—-all we have to do is look at the rise of the Alphabet Warriors, the LGTBXYZ+ and BLM and so on, bringing anarchy and violence and screeching nonstop about hate while openly engaging in one hateful act after another.

        And then, just when complete success was in sight, something strange and unexpected (by them) happened—the American public said “no more!” and forced a change in the direction of the country.

        So now the Left is facing the unraveling of much of its success. When Americans can get back to the health care system that was the best in the world, and get the government out of the business of telling us what kind of health care we can get and how we can get it, the comparison to Obamacare will be stark. They shoved this in our faces, so it is no longer just an abstract concept they can argue for. Now we are looking at legislation that will reduce the burden of unnecessary regulations that have limited the expansion of our economy, along with lower taxes and encouragement of business growth, which means that there will be an actual metric against which the economic stupidity of the Obama years can be measured. There won’t be government sanctions of racism and racial violence, and the Leftist tactic of buying the support of cities and states will backfire when that financial support is withdrawn for supporting Leftist agendas such as sanctuary cities.

        It’s looking grim for our Leftist buddies, and they know it. So all they can do now is work on stirring up anger and fear. Of course they have to work on narratives of racism and oppression, because that is all they have left.

        In the meantime, rags like the NYT are going to be the butt of ridicule, and real hate groups such as those promoted and sanctioned by the Left will either be ignored, prosecuted or laughed into oblivion.

      • M. Noonan November 21, 2016 / 10:56 pm

        The left is in it’s own, little world…all over Twitter today are called for the DoJ to “audit” the election…they don’t even understand that the Federal government doesn’t control elections in the United States. They still believe that somehow the result of November 8th can be reversed. Just dumb…but, they keep it up and look to be forcing the Democrats into an even more leftwing extremist position.

        Could be a fun 8 years.

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