What a Failed Trump Administration Looks Like

johnrussell
By:  @johnrussell, one month ago
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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/17/opinion/what-a-failed-trump-administration-looks-like.html

 

I still have trouble seeing how the Trump administration survives a full term. Judging by his Thursday press conference, President Trump's mental state is like a train that long ago left freewheeling and iconoclastic, has raced through indulgent, chaotic and unnerving, and is now careening past unhinged, unmoored and unglued.


 

Trump's White House staff is at war with itself. His poll ratings are falling at unprecedented speed. His policy agenda is stalled. F.B.I. investigations are just beginning. This does not feel like a sustainable operation.

On the other hand, I have trouble seeing exactly how this administration ends. Many of the institutions that would normally ease out or remove a failing president no longer exist.

There are no longer moral arbiters in Congress like Howard Baker and Sam Ervin to lead a resignation or impeachment process. There is no longer a single media establishment that shapes how the country sees the president. This is no longer a country in which everybody experiences the same reality.

Everything about Trump that appalls 65 percent of America strengthens him with the other 35 percent, and he can ride that group for a while. Even after these horrible four weeks, Republicans on Capitol Hill are not close to abandoning their man.

The likelihood is this: We're going to have an administration that has morally and politically collapsed, without actually going away.

What does that look like?

First, it means an administration that is passive, full of sound and fury, but signifying nothing. To get anything done, a president depends on the vast machinery of the U.S. government. But Trump doesn't mesh with that machinery. He is personality-based while it is rule-based. Furthermore, he's declared war on it. And when you declare war on the establishment, it declares war on you.

The Civil Service has a thousand ways to ignore or sit on any presidential order. The court system has given itself carte blanche to overturn any Trump initiative, even on the flimsiest legal grounds. The intelligence community has only just begun to undermine this president.

President Trump can push all the pretty buttons on the command deck of the Starship Enterprise, but don't expect anything to actually happen, because they are not attached.

Second, this will probably become a more insular administration. Usually when administrations stumble, they fire a few people and bring in the grown-ups -- the James Baker or the David Gergen types. But Trump is anti-grown-up, so it's hard to imagine Chief of Staff Haley Barbour. Instead, the circle of trust seems to be shrinking to his daughter, her husband and Stephen Bannon.

Bannon has a coherent worldview, which is a huge advantage when all is chaos. It's interesting how many of Bannon's rivals have woken up with knives in their backs. Michael Flynn is gone. Reince Priebus has been unmanned by a thousand White House leaks. Rex Tillerson had the potential to be an effective secretary of state, but Bannon neutered him last week by denying him the ability to even select his own deputy.

In an administration in which "promoted beyond his capacity" takes on new meaning, Bannon looms. With each passing day, Trump talks more like Bannon without the background reading.

Third, we are about to enter a decentralized world. For the past 70 years most nations have instinctively looked to the U.S. for leadership, either to follow or oppose. But in capitals around the world, intelligence agencies are drafting memos with advice on how to play Donald Trump.

The first conclusion is obvious. This administration is more like a medieval monarchy than a modern nation-state. It's more "The Madness of King George" than "The Missiles of October." The key currency is not power, it's flattery.

The corollary is that Trump is ripe to be played. Give the boy a lollipop and he won't notice if you steal his lunch. The Japanese gave Trump a new jobs announcement he could take to the Midwest, and in return they got presidential attention and coddling that other governments would have died for.

If you want to roll the Trump administration, you've got to get in line. The Israelis got a possible one-state solution. The Chinese got Trump to flip-flop on the "One China" policy. The Europeans got him to do a 180 on undoing the Iran nuclear deal.

Vladimir Putin was born for a moment such as this. He is always pushing the envelope. After gifting Team Trump with a little campaign help, the Russian state media has suddenly turned on Trump and Russian planes are buzzing U.S. ships. The bear is going to grab what it can.

We're about to enter a moment in which U.S. economic and military might is strong but U.S. political might is weak. Imagine the Roman Empire governed by Monaco.

That's scary. The only saving thought is this: The human imagination is vast, but it is not nearly vast enough to encompass the infinitely multitudinous ways Donald Trump can find to get himself disgraced.

JohnRussell
link 02/17/17 09:48:31AM @johnrussell:

David Brooks is considered to be a moderate Republican. 

"Everything about Trump that appalls 65 percent of America strengthens him with the other 35 percent, and he can ride that group for a while. Even after these horrible four weeks, Republicans on Capitol Hill are not close to abandoning their man.

The likelihood is this: We're going to have an administration that has morally and politically collapsed, without actually going away."

 
Dean Moriarty
link 02/17/17 10:00:01AM @dean-moriarty:

Bad news for the snowflakes that thought he was going to go away. Bad news for the lying NYT and their liberal sheep that pay to read these never Trump opinions. 

 
JohnRussell
link 02/17/17 10:05:18AM @johnrussell:

Bad news for Trump whose latest approval rating  (Pew) is 39%, the lowest for an incoming president at this stage in history. 

 
Dean Moriarty
link 02/17/17 10:10:30AM @dean-moriarty:

He doesn't care what snowflakes think of him. It would be bad news if people like yourself approved of his job performance. 

 
JohnRussell
link 02/17/17 12:11:40PM @johnrussell:

"The corollary is that Trump is ripe to be played. Give the boy a lollipop and he won't notice if you steal his lunch. The Japanese gave Trump a new jobs announcement he could take to the Midwest, and in return they got presidential attention and coddling that other governments would have died for.

If you want to roll the Trump administration, you've got to get in line. The Israelis got a possible one-state solution. The Chinese got Trump to flip-flop on the "One China" policy. The Europeans got him to do a 180 on undoing the Iran nuclear deal.

Vladimir Putin was born for a moment such as this. He is always pushing the envelope. After gifting Team Trump with a little campaign help, the Russian state media has suddenly turned on Trump and Russian planes are buzzing U.S. ships. The bear is going to grab what it can."

 

 
Randy
link 02/17/17 10:15:24PM @randy:

Bad news for Trump whose latest approval rating  (Pew) is 39%, the lowest for an incoming president at this stage in history.

And as it drops lower (and it will since the start of the Presidency is traditionally the high point of an approval rating) the Republicans in the House and Senate are going to start thinking any possible damage to the party will be well worth it to switch to a President Pence. In the end, most likely because of results of current investigations into his ties to Russia before the election, his own party will turn on him and dump him as a liability. They'll cut their losses and get rid of him.

 
jwc2blue
link 02/17/17 12:32:34PM @jwc2blue:

It's remarkable how much leeway people on this site who claim to be "intelligent" and even "independent" give to that lunatic.

He's a delusional mad man, and there is ample, irrefutable proof. Every day has revealed a new disaster of his own making.

 
Pepe
link 02/17/17 12:39:08PM @pepe:

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jwc2blue
link 02/17/17 12:54:22PM @jwc2blue:

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Sean Treacy
link 02/17/17 01:32:11PM @s:

It's bad enough you posted an obviously fake meme that two seconds of googling would reveal as fake. 

The really pathetic part is that you posted this same fake meme before and were already  busted for it.

Think about that. 

It brings up the eternal question with Blue. Is he a shameless liar who doesn't care about the truth or so irredeemably stupid that he can't learn from his constant embarrassments?  

 
Sean Treacy
link 02/17/17 02:29:51PM @s:

Here is Snopes debunking it, for the next time it gets used. 

http://www.snopes.com/1998-trump-people-quote/

 
jwc2blue
link 02/17/17 02:45:19PM @jwc2blue:

As long as people on this site post lies about Web Hubble, Obama's birthplace etc. I'll keep putting it up.

The fact that you never call them out about it speaks volumes about your utter lack of integrity.

So, suck it up buttercup.

 
Sean Treacy
link 02/17/17 03:13:05PM @s:

However you justify your lies, liar.  You just admitted to intentionally posting lies. The first honest thing you've ever done on this site.   

 

 
sixpick
link 02/17/17 03:51:54PM @sixpick:

It doesn't matter to Blue.  He's used to doing the same thing over and over.

Trump sure did mop the floor with the Press yesterday. LOL

 
JohnRussell
link 02/17/17 03:38:01PM @johnrussell:

Sean knows Trump is a garbage president, but his loyalty to right wing/conservative ideology overpowers his sense of shame. 

 
Dean Moriarty
link 02/17/17 03:47:23PM @dean-moriarty:

JR knows Hillary was a garbage candidate, but his loyalty to Left wing/Moonbat ideology overpowers his sense of shame. 

 
JohnRussell
link 02/17/17 03:58:55PM @johnrussell:

Your man Trump is the only one of the two that top psychiatrists think is mentally ill -

 For the past few weeks, psychologists have been speaking out, arguing that their profesional integrity, and patriotism, can't be silenced. The latest? A top psychotherapist affiliated with the esteemed Johns Hopkins University Medical School said Trump "is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president.”

The expert, John D. Gartner, went on to diagnose Trump with “malignant narcissism.”

Gartner has joined a growing chorus of experts who are so concerned about the president that they are willing to face the wrath of their professional organizations' gag rules.

In an earlier effort just after the election, thousands of shrinks joined a new group called "Citizen Therapists Against Trumpism," which quickly released a "Public Manifesto" to warn America about its leader's apparent psychosis.

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/shrinks-break-silence-president-trump-exhibits-traits-m-article-1.2957688

 
Pepe
link 02/17/17 04:41:40PM @pepe:

What does your Shrink say when you are talking to him?

 
JohnRussell
link 02/17/17 05:10:18PM @johnrussell:

from the seeded article

President Trump's mental state is like a train that long ago left freewheeling and iconoclastic, has raced through indulgent, chaotic and unnerving, and is now careening past unhinged, unmoored and unglued.

 
Pepe
link 02/17/17 03:32:12PM @pepe:

I think he works for the post office, lovely family.

 
JohnRussell
link 02/17/17 12:40:33PM @johnrussell:

Trump got 46% of the vote.

I figure half of them are as nuts as he is, and think he is doing great, and the other half, who voted for him as a protest against the "establishment" are appalled right now. 

 
Kavika
link 02/17/17 03:46:54PM @kavika:

"President Trump's mental state is like a train that long ago left freewheeling and iconoclastic, has raced through indulgent, chaotic and unnerving, and is now careening past unhinged, unmoored and unglued"


 And that's the up side.

 
JohnRussell
link 02/17/17 05:11:10PM @johnrussell:

 


President Trump's mental state is like a train that long ago left freewheeling and iconoclastic, has raced through indulgent, chaotic and unnerving, and is now careening past unhinged, unmoored and unglued.

 
JohnRussell
link 02/17/17 05:12:27PM @johnrussell:

from the seeded article

President Trump's mental state is like a train that long ago left freewheeling and iconoclastic, has raced through indulgent, chaotic and unnerving, and is now careening past unhinged, unmoored and unglued.

 
Pepe
link 02/17/17 05:16:28PM @pepe:

You do realize a qualified and legitimate psychiatric professional would never diagnose from tv appearances? LOL

This guy is a quack!

 
Cerenkov
link 02/17/17 07:08:44PM @cerenkov:

It's grounds to lose your medical license. I hope that happens.

 
Hal A. Lujah
link 02/17/17 07:27:41PM @hal-a-lujah:

All aboard.

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Randy
link 02/17/17 10:20:43PM @randy:

What a Failed Trump Administration Looks Like


Great article! What does a failed Trump Administration look like? We are witnessing it more each day. It's an ugly decent into complete chaos and collapse. We are living in historic and interesting times. Let's hope America survives them.

 

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