Harry Truman said if you want a friend in Washington you should get a dog.
If Donald Trump ever makes it to the White House he will be lucky to find one that doesn’t chomp his leg.
Can you think of anyone in the Washington establishment who will welcome him to D.C.? I suppose there must be a few organizations. But not many.
Think of it. The capital teems with politicians, of course. And their faithful staffers and assorted hangers-on. If he becomes President he will have run a bulldozer over their political machines.
He will have defeated the army of consultants who advise the Republican elite. Many will have lost their jobs. All will have lost their reputations. That is because none of them saw him as a serious threat. They all advised their clients he would be gone by last Christmas.
He will have rolled over the elite themselves. Those who knew what was best for millions of Republican voters who thumbed their noses at them.
He will have done the same to the Democrats’ machine. Because in order to win he will have had to win over a lot of Democrats. Many pollsters say he would do just that in the general election.
Think of how the Democrats would feel. They have lost lots of governorships lately. Along with control of state legislatures. They have lost both houses of Congress. Suppose Donald muscles their heroine’s chariot off a cliff on her route to the coronation. They would not be crazy about any Republican president. They will despise a President Trump.
Meanwhile, lobbyists and special interests will fight him. He has taken no money from them. He has railed against them. They stuffed the pockets of his opponents.
And he will have denied them one of their favorite tools. They love to say “Ahem. Be sure to remind the President that we supported him two-hundred percent over the last few years.” Meaning: We gave lots of bucks to his campaign. We expect a few favors.
They are not going to like him.
A lot of civil servants would also feel uncomfy with a President Trump. When politicians promise to cut waste in government they lie. We all know this. When a CEO pledges to trim fat in his company he trims. It is possible a guy like Trump might actually trim.
Most of the mainstream media will oppose him. He does not like them and says so. They don’t like him. They have had cozy connections to top pols for decades. This might not be so easy with a Trump administration.
Trump’s opponents can use a lot of this against him. They can ask “How would he get anything done? Nobody would owe him a thing. He would have no favors to collect. He would have no leverage, no clout. The old corrupt pols would hold their noses. And work like hell to sandbag him. To drive him out of Washington. So they could go back to their old ways.”
These are valid points. Trump would at least have his voters, yes. He could rally them to pressure pols in favor of his policies. Reagan did a lot of this. Still, this only goes so far.
Thus far he has been brilliant with campaign strategies. He has out-thunk entrenched elites of both parties. To win the big prize he will have to continue to do so.
So maybe – if he wins – he will be just as brilliant in dealing with the establishment in Washington. Maybe. He would need to be. To get anything done he would. They are hunkered and bunkered and ready to do battle with him. He is an outsider now. He would be an outsider in the Oval Office. He would threaten – Lord save them – reform. They would welcome reform like farmers welcome pestilence.
He outsmarts a lot of people Maybe he will outsmart them.
And if he is really brilliant his choice of dogs will be an aged sleepy Lab with arthritis. Blind and toothless. Fixed, declawed and muzzled. Snoozing in a house way beyond the Rose Garden. And on a chain.
And every day he would remind himself to never turn his back on him.
From Tom...as in Morgan.