Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Trump is like Nixon.
You say that like it is a bad thing.
I think they have a lot of similarities. They are both going to govern from a center/right position. They are both fans of big government.They are not afraid of big government programs. Realpolitik in foreign affairs. They have the support of the blue collar working man in opposition to those stupid kids. Hippies then hipsters now. They have the same bitter enemies. The press. The Republican establishment.
What Trump has to fear is one misstep. If he does the Republicans will throw him under the bus. They will impeach him and throw him out just the way they did with Nixon. With Nixon it was the tapes and the break-in at the Watergate. With Trump is will most likely be some business deal.
I think Trump has a strategy to stop this. Going directly to the people. Through Twitter. Youtube. Facebook. The new technology. He has galvanized a true populist movement. If he delivers on most of his promises he will intimidate the so called "conservatives" and not have to worry that they will stab him in the back the way they did to Nixon. He needs to develop a following of populists who are beholden to him and not to the Republican party or some phony conservative agenda.
Right now there is a lot of speculation that he is taking in Rhinos like Romney and Nimrata Randhawa into his administration. The theory is that he can co-opt them and have them inside the tent pissing out instead of outside the tent pissing in. This is a big mistake in my view. So far nothing has happened so we shall see what we shall see.
Nixon took in some of his rivals. He even had a Romney in his cabinet. In the end it didn't matter. Trump should take a lesson. Reward your loyalists. Both in the campaign and your voters. You can extend an olive branch. But keep the olives for your people. Otherwise you will regret it.