"Angel or demon? What is Donald Trump? Maybe a bit of both."
I have come to a conclusion as of late. Yes, it has to do with our 45th President. His first 100+ days has been a rocky road for sure. There are many folks out gunning for him. Then I thought - why him? Why not Obama, who by this time in his Presidency had all but threatened to ruin our healthcare, as well as socialize us. What gives?
- The Iconoclast - On the campaign trail, Donald Trump spoke heresy. Well, heresy in Washington speak. He threatened to turn over the tables, drain the swamp, and burn it all down. In other words, he threatened to come in and ruin the sanctuary of the bureaucrats. This is their happy place - their nesting grounds. So the Washington establishment has welcomed him with the same warmth as finding a turd in a punch bowl.
- The Business Guy - Gasp! What do you mean he has zero political experience? That will not fit in with the Washington elite! But that is what the people wanted this time around. Someone who spoke their language. No more Washington babble. That lack of Washington training has helped him, and hurt him, at the same time. The Comey thing is a great example. They way Trump talked to Comey is normal in the business world. But in the world of defining what the meaning of "is, is", not so much.
- The New York City Guy - For any of us who in their working career have dealt with folks from the upper East Coast, will know what I am talking about. They are a bit different than Minnesota nice. Yes, sometimes out and out rude - not to mention crude. Donald Trump grew up in the rough and tumble real estate business in mid-town New York. Dog eat dog, survival of the fittest. At 71, don't expect Donald Trump to change.
- The "Bullshitter" - This is the term that Barack Obama was alleged to give the Donald. Even though Comey called Trump a liar in the hearings yesterday, I think Obama might have been right. I have known many people like Trump in my life. They exaggerate, stretch the truth, embellish, you know what I am getting at. Story tellers. Is there a difference between being a "bullshit artist" and a pathological liar like the Clintons are? I think so, but others might not.
Who is or are going to be the biggest loser(s) in this War of the Roses? Trump? Na - he was been there and done it all. He is rich beyond measure. And he is smart enough not to do anything illegal. This job is just one more notch in his belt. The Democrats? Maybe. If they overplay their hand with Trump. The Republicans? They might take a hit in 2018. History shows the ruling party usually does.
The BIGGEST losers however are - look in the mirror folks. For those of us who were banking on lots of stuff to get done, some stuff is getting done. But the two big gorillas in the corner are still healthcare reform and tax reform. If they don't get done, we all lose.
And one more thing - the unmentionable one. Entitlement reform. Nobody wants to talk about it, but we really should, and fast. It is tied into our growing national debt like peanut butter is tied to jelly.
Angel or demon? What is Donald Trump? Maybe a bit of both. But what he is right now which is hurting him the most, is unlikable. Maybe the most unlikable President since Dick Nixon. And even though Nixon did some wonderful things for the country, his un-likability helped undo his Presidency. Let's hope Donald Trump does not fall into that same trap.