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Fri Feb 17, 2017, 06:31 AM

What a Failed Trump Administration Looks Like

What a Failed Trump Administration Looks Like
David Brooks FEB. 17, 2017

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.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/17/opinion/what-a-failed-trump-administration-looks-like.html?ref=opinion

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Response to queentonic (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 06:37 AM

1. but the racist homophobes at Fux News channel just love him

so he'll stay.

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Fri Feb 17, 2017, 07:24 AM

2. I just read a David Brooks piece and don't feel an empty void inside

The world IS changing

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Fri Feb 17, 2017, 10:03 AM

3. One of his better pieces.

This passage particularly struck a chord.
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.


and this:
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.


and this:
. . 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. . .


and a little ray of hope here:
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.

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Response to MBS (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 01:34 PM

4. Looking forward to the book and the movie

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