Trump’s “Tools of Persuasion” according to Dilbert creator Scott Adams


Why protest the inauguration of the weakest GOP president in modern times?

Those denouncing Trump forget he is the weakest newly elected GOP president in modern times. Trump’s polarising nature rules out his popularity going up that much.

His erratic nature means that his administration will perform poorly because those he appoints to make up his administration, all 4000 of them, do not know what Trump wants because that changes every day. Trump will have to arbitrate all disputes within his administration.

Congress will desert him as soon as it hurts their re-election chances in 2018 where a great many Republican Senate seats are up because they won back the Senate in 2012.

Trump is even weaker than average because a good part of his base do not otherwise vote in elections or they are registered Democrats. This makes his disgruntled base less of a threat in the 2018 Republican primaries.

Trump can only afford to lose 2 Republican senators. The Democratic Senate caucus will be united because opportunities if they can only pick up two Republican votes in the current Senate.

Trump will be an inept President but more socially liberal than any recent GOP president. Protest that.

Before you start on the fact that Trump won the electoral college but not the popular vote, remember the John Kerry to this day believes election fraud in Ohio deprived him of the presidency in 2004 despite losing the popular vote by about 3 million votes. Winning Ohio would have flipped that election.

Would the rhetoric be any different if it was a President Cruz

It is important to differentiate between those shortcomings of Donald Trump that will result in him being ineffective as opposed to dangerous.

In domestic affairs, he will be a rather ineffective Republican president. His administration will have little idea of what he wants, and he will be the only one able to arbitrate disputes. In foreign affairs, this thin-skinned tough guy who is proudly ignorant will be dangerous and impulsive.

A President Cruz would be much more effective and far more conservative in domestic affairs. Cruz is a social conservative, Trump is not. In foreign affairs, Cruz is likely to intervene more but be less petulant and would certainly be a master of his brief and the risks of what he is doing.

Practically all the shots being fired at Trump would be fired at Cruz and were at Romney and McCain. That is why they were so ineffective during the campaign.

The same old extreme rhetoric about every Republican candidate is the bogeyman. This time the Republican presidential nominee was an ignorant man. People had heard it all before so they did not believe it. That applied to Bernie Sanders too – I had to slip that in. The left must not cry wolf too often.

As Bill Maher was honest enough to admit, Romney and McCain were men of honour with whom he had honest disagreements. Cruz is the same but he would be a far more effective president than Trump. Remember that.