Monday, November 14, 2016

John Aravosis — WSJ: Trump didn’t realize presidency was such a big job


The full court press is on.

10 comments:

John said...

Very unlikely in the extreme to be true, although you have to ask why no one from team Trump has mauled this story? Where's a total bastard like Bannon when you need him? Or perhaps Trump put his foot in it by trying to be too chummy with Obama. It's not credible for anyone to not know the immensity of the job. On the other hand, if he meant it...

Tom Hickey said...

Apparently Trump didn't realize that the whole West Wing must be replaced on the day of the inauguration. The personnel turnover is about 4K.

It seems that Trump had no idea of the scope of the executive. Probably few that haven't been involved in government would.

It's not surprising that Trump is a newbie being an outsider.

The question now is the learning curve. He is starting from scratch. Yeah, he is Wharton Business grad, but he is going to have to be a very quick study to catch up with an entirely new field.

Another big reason this is important is that Trump will be dependent on insider advice. This is how an outsider eventually becomes an insider that knows the way around the labyrinths of government.

John said...

"Apparently Trump didn't realize that the whole West Wing must be replaced on the day of the inauguration."

WTF? Even I know that, and I'm not American! None of this augurs well if the President-elect doesn't have any understanding of government.

I've had very conflicting feelings about Trump. I wanted him to win so that it would splinter the established parties. I wanted him to win so that it would prove all that is necessary to solve America's vast economic problems is political will - and Trump does have the will to achieve things. I also wanted him to win because he would not necessarily be beholden to the warmongers. On the other hand, some of the shit he says makes you want to run as fast as you can from him. Now we learn he doesn't really quite grasp the magnitude of the job.

The job is so vast that he'll need insiders galore, who'll eventually bend him to their will. And that may prove to be his downfall, or at least that's what the Republican establishment hope and expect. Will Trump hold up under the pressure, or will the GOP establishment send him to an early grave, while that total imbecile of a VP inheriting the crown? I can see Pence being president! It'll be the nightmare everyone had of Sarah Palin taking the White House when McCain eventually keeled over.

Trump may have gone to Wharton, but Dubya went to Yale and Harvard. I don't think it means anything. And some unimportant place called Whittier has the unenviable distinction in having educated the Machiavellian monster Richard Nixon.

Bob said...

Pence is the nightmare within a nightmare.

Tom Hickey said...

Pence is the nightmare within a nightmare.

See the post I just put up. Pence was the Koch bros. choice for president.

MRW said...

Another big reason this is important is that Trump will be dependent on insider advice.

As were Clinton and Obama. What's the big deal?

MRW said...

Just so long as Victoria Nuland is walked out the door.

Tom Hickey said...

Another big reason this is important is that Trump will be dependent on insider advice.

As were Clinton and Obama. What's the big deal?


Obama essentially promised to drain the swamp too and look what happened.

HRC was promising to drain the swamp also, while she was covering up her track with Wall Street and the public would never have know about the $ were it not for Wikileaks.

Of course, that was a joke coming from HRC as the consummate insider but Obama was a first term senator and new to Washington. The first thing he did was to appoint insiders.

Tom Hickey said...

It can be argued that Obama really had no intention of bringing change and the hope-changey thing was all campaign rhetoric.

Now we will see whether DJT can tame the beast.

Ryan has been openly challenging DJT.

If DJT wants to get his way with the House, Ryan will have to tamed, or removed as the speaker.

Tom Hickey said...

Another big reason this is important is that Trump will be dependent on insider advice.

As were Clinton and Obama. What's the big deal?


First, I will be surprised if that happens.

Secondly, she is just one many. This is the problem in replacing people. There are a lot of them and replacing them takes time and holds political risks. In addition, some may be difficult to replace for various reasons.

Just as the nomenklatura (bureaucracy) and siloviki (intelligence services) provided continuity to the Soviet system, so too do the bureaucracy and intelligence services for the US, together with the revolving door. "Free elections" don't change this.