Government Be Hard: How Trump Is Like Schwarzenegger
I voted for Arnold for California governor, thinking a businessman would be just the thing to fix the stupid in so much of California politics, and then was disappointed by how unable he was to get anything done. Governing be hard. Not fun like television.
Getting things done in government often takes building coalitions (which is hard to do when you come into government cold). It also takes a great deal of homework to understand a subject enough to be able to make decisions about it and a temperament that does not compare unfavorably to that of a spoiled 3-year-old.
I think that Trump took over and figured he wouldn't have to do much -- that he could coast, unlike all those dummies who occupied The White House before him. (I call his the Dunning-Kruger presidency.)
At Politico, Alex Isenstadt, Kenneth P. Vogel, and Josh Dawsey note that Trump, "as a billionaire businessman, sold himself to voters as being uniquely qualified to fix what ailed the nation":
Yet it has become apparent, say those close to the president, most of whom requested anonymity to describe the inner workings of the White House, that the transition from overseeing a family business to running the country has been tough on him.
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.
Jonah Goldberg, not exactly a lefty hater, writes:
Over the weekend, Donald Trump questioned the legitimacy of what he described as a "so-called judge" and suggested - again - that America has no right to judge Vladimir Putin's Russia given all the killing America has done. Other examples might include recent controversies over everything from inaugural crowd sizes to Arnold Schwarzenegger's ratings on "The Apprentice."