A Lost Opportunity

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.

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7 thoughts on “A Lost Opportunity”

  1. Thinking of Trump walking out on the North Koreans — which apparently is the reason for delay now in a trade agreement with China — you may be overstating what the Democrats could accomplish. Obviously, there are conflicting reports, but in general, Trump can be difficult and is prone to terminate meetings on a whim. Separately, the Forbes article out this week credits Trump’s financial well-being largely to investor Steven Roth, raising a lot of questions about Trump’s business judgment and negotiation skills.

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    1. My mini-Trump boss would also walk out and throw mega tantrums. But never on me because I never poked him where it hurt. I actually had a great time while he was at my department because I could get anything I wanted while conceding nothing.

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  2. I completely agree with you. Trump can be easily manipulated through his ego, so the Democrats should be able to convince him that something good is actually an idea he came up with and then praise him for implementing it. I thought that Congressional Democratic leaders have reached a verbal agreement with him on something important once or twice, but then his minders got to him and explained he’s supposed to oppose those things.

    I have dealt with narcissists in the workplace in similar ways, but the problem is that this is hard to scale to the size of the whole country. Everyone, including the public and the media, should be in on it, and I can’t imagine pulling that off.

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  3. I completely agree with you. Trump can be easily manipulated through his ego, so the Democrats should be able to convince him that something good is actually an idea he came up with and then praise him for implementing it. I thought that Congressional Democratic leaders have reached a verbal agreement with him on something important once or twice, but then his minders got to him and explained he’s supposed to oppose those things.

    I have dealt with narcissists in the workplace in similar ways, but the problem is that this is hard to scale to the size of the whole country. Everyone, including the public and the media, should be in on it, and I can’t imagine pulling that off.

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    1. Democrats own the media, including the social networks. The media are working like crazy on spreading propaganda. Every day, intelligent, educated people I know buy into the most outlandish, ridiculous stories. If the media decide to push the story, two days before the election, that Trump is starting a nuclear war, they can.

      Of course, even with this enormous power at their disposal, Democrats have been known to mess it up, so nothing is set in stone.

      But Biden or Bernie – who are completely interchangeable because they will have zero real power and will do whatever benefits the tech giants – can definitely win.

      The amount of lies that are spread every day, you have no idea. I now automatically disbelieve every piece in the mainstream media, even if it’s a cooking recipe.

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