A Universe of One

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-donald-trump-vindicated-comey-testimony-20170609-story.html

 

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Above: uh oh …

This is a very astute analysis that touches on two important points, one obvious (or at least it should be) and the other less so.

The first point — Donnie’s concerns about the role of Russia in the 2016 election are probably related to things he and his henchmen were cooking up with Russia under the assumption that Donnie would lose the election, but more than that his concern is the idea that  it was anything but his own glorious self that got him elected President. Not Russian meddling. Not the inability of the Republicans to put a reasonable person in his way (thanks a lot, Michael Bloomberg). Not the Democrats nominating the worst possible candidate (thanks a lot, DNC). Not the bizarre nature of the Electoral College, which lest we forget was founded on the idea that slaves in the southern states counted as 3/5 of a person for the purpose of determining electoral votes. Not Comey’s October surprise that turned out to be nothing. Nope. It was all because of him. Anything that suggests otherwise does not fit with his view of the world and his role in it. We have never seen this before.

Comparisons to Richard Nixon are apt given all the covering up and lying, and Nixon was certainly a malevolent person. But his malevolence did not rise from the same place as Donnie’s. Nixon’s came from what the world did to him. Donnie’s comes from what he has done to the world. And even though Nixon took a lot of the political discourse personally, he did manage to open up China to the West. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were formed during his administration.  He knew how to run the executive branch of government because he was a really smart malevolent person. Donnie is a really dumb one who plays the role of himself. He has never had to do anything else. He got famous for being famous for playing himself on TV. All he sees is himself. He only trusts his family and a few others, but he will throw Ivanka, Jared and Bannon under the bus the moment it becomes expedient to do so.

The less obvious point is that there is nothing left in the fame and power game after this for Donnie. I once had a client where I used to work who told me that he set out to retire by the time he was 35, and he did. He said he found a house that had every element of a house he had ever wanted. He could easily afford it. His addiction(s) had not crippled him yet. He said, “The day before I closed on that house was the worst day of my life. You know why? Because it’s like what now? I got everything I wanted and the future looks completely empty.” The point was, how much is enough for a driven egomaniac? How much money? How much fame? How much power? How much adulation?

So on one hand he is furious about attempts to diminish his election and questions about his competence, and on the other hand, he knows that even if he somehow “wins” out of all this or even by an even more bizarre turn of events gets re-elected in 2020, he will eventually lose because he will have maxed out in the power game. There’s nowhere to go. His future looks completely empty. And no one cares.

© 2017 Joseph Galligan

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