I also think that Democrats could achieve a lot with Trump in office if they bothered to try.
Trump likes to be liked. He craves approval. Plus, he’s surprisingly flexible given his age and way of life. He easily jettisons decades of Republican orthodoxy because it’s meaningless to him. Which is a great thing because the orthodoxy he rejects is truly unusable today. It shouldn’t be too hard to play on his desire to make a mark as a great uniter of across-the-aisle interests.
There are things we want that he wants. It wouldn’t be very hard to get him to cooperate. And we’ve seen how warmly the general public greeted Trump’s State of the Union when he was nicer than ever to the Democrats. I don’t think that the general public loves the divisiveness and the constant outrage. A small minority does but I don’t see it outside of the true fanatics.
I had a boss who was a mini-Trump. Those of us who battled and challenged him head-on got destroyed. But those who played into his desire for self-aggrandizement got everything we needed and more out of him.