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But What If He's Not an Idiot?


#1

But What If He's Not an Idiot?

John Atcheson

The White House’s handling of the Comey firing looks a lot like a clip from The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight. The Press Secretary hiding in the bushes, Trump sending virtually his entire staff under the bus with his various and rapidly shifting versions of his reasons for the firing, and his unhinged Twitter rants at the press for covering the fiasco as a fiasco.


#2

no.
he is not secretly smart.
There is absolutely no action, no thought, no statement of trump’s that could ever be described as brilliant.
these ‘maybe he’s not an idiot’ takes are the worst.


#3

Saying, what if Trump is not an idiot, to me, is like saying: what if Trump is not insane!


#4

Quote from your article:
“But now it’s all Comey all the time, and the Democratic establishment is taking full advantage of that to deflect attention from the real reason they’re losing at all levels of government. It appears they’d rather risk losing elections than embrace a truly progressive agenda, and Trump just reinforced their self-serving narrative.”

In my opinion you are right on the mark; especially with your last paragraph. Practically all the ultra rich in the world live in the same “gated community”. Their goal is to control the world’s resources and somehow survive the coming mass die-off due to severe climate disruption. To them their party never ends!


#5

The last thing you need to hold on to power in the US is academic intelligence. Trump has superb media instinct, which is all that is necessary. The Neolibs and Neocons have complicated agendas and loyalties, which make for both boring TV time and non-stop betrayal. Trump is not going anywhere and he will control the message 24/7. Instinct wins. Either you have it or you don’t. He is the thick smoke from a cannon that makes any army fire on itself.


#6

It’s possible he’s not stupid AND he has zero impulse control. That seems most likely. He’s good at subverting the few things he does think out.

But Democrats have quintupled down on Russia. For them, it’s a battle for existence. They were completely exposed, and it’s going to take a lot of “Russia!” to keep that conversation about their profound corruption from taking place.

And Atcheson is also right that this party much prefers losing than giving up its donorship buffet. That’s why they do nothing to correct the course to get more votes. They’re relying completely on their corporate media allies to keep the illusion going. So far it’s working, to the great shame of rank and file Democrats.


#7

Whether or not Trump fired Comey as a distraction or not it appears to be a serious attempt to block an investigation. Certainly Indivisible is following all of the attempts to roll back back social programs no matter what at in the media in the moment and Republicans all over the country are afraid to hold town halls. Trump is not controlling what is happening politically, His election has resulted in a widespread political movement of resistance. There are now almost 6,000 Indivisible groups and they playing a big role, particularly in states with Republican senators and districts with Republican representatives. The Republicans are on the defensive, afraid to face their constituents. The Russian connection investigations will go in the FBI and in both houses of Congress. The Senate investigation seems to have some credibility. It still seems unlikely that a special prosecutor will be appointed given the resistance of Mitch McConnell. But the calls for a special prosecutor are sure to continue given all the communications between and financial connections between Trump people and Russia.


#8

The D-Party would rather stumble back to electoral victory on the anti-Trump effect than offer policy that might clash with the wishes of their corporate donors.

Case in point: Single Payer now back-burnered as a distraction from anti-trump hysteria.

Sad to see so many otherwise intelligent commenters here falling for the usual D-Party parlor tricks.


#9

He IS an idiot.


#10

Whether Trump’s just lucky or know how to work a room is unimportant. Results matter, and the result is that the important stuff’s not being discussed, and the Greatest Heist In The World continues. Lest we forget, that Heist is NOT just about the USA. There’s a reason they call it ‘globalization.’


#11

Excellent assessment.

Corporate bribes, big salaries, perks and tv star jobs will have to be torn from Neoliberal Democrats’ cold dead hands.

And Don, Rupert and the rest of Mammon’s soldiers will soon have to deal with an Artificial Intelligence that learns in one day what it took humans 40,000 years to learn. Interesting times.

Direct Democracy


#12

It is all about Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Once you become familiar with the disorder and all of its behavioral implications all the questions are answered. Foremost for the NPD afflicted is the need to try to satisfy the never satisfied ego. Every action and behavior first must address the needy ego and only after taking that into consideration can any of the rest of the motives be evaluated. Something Trump does doesn’t make sense? That’s because what you see as the primary issue is a secondary issue for Trump; always second to ego satisfaction.


#13

I know the orangubrat really is an idiot b/c if we compare him with the last president we see a man who worked tirelessly for his overlords behind the scenes while concomitantly showing his two-faced yes-we-can idiocy to us.
And there’s the duh-bya presidency – duh-bya played the way-too-inbred monarch part while darth cheney played the political president part.


#14

Anyone who carefully followed the primaries knows that the democratic machine used all kinds of corrupt methods to defeat Bernie Sanders. And, anyone who follows the general election knows that the election is easily rigged - especially computer voting that leaves no paper trail and cannot be audited. The hypocrisy of Russians hacking our elections when they are hacked by our own politicians, and Russians interfering with our elections when our corporate elite have no problem interfering with elections in other countries all makes me ill. Don’t know how many other voters out there are like me, but sure would like to hear from them.
Somehow almost none of this get mentioned in any press, progressive or otherwise.


#15

What the Mega mansion gazillionaires don’t seem to get as Earth heats is that they too, can experience a mass die off.


#16

Trump can’t control what he himself thinks. He’s been a promoter of the Trump name for 40-50 years. That is a reflex with him. That is the extent of his thinking. There are many others around him, supporting him. Praising his genius, as this article is inclined towards, is their means of exploiting his great weakness.


#17

There is nothing behind the scenes. Everything is happening center stage. If you spend your time trying to see behind the scenes you’re going to miss the whole show.


#18

No, the seething undercurrent of the discontented is rarely reported on in the “news”. Only when it explodes as in Missouri riots or Occupy Wall Street takeovers, does it get coverage which is put down by government forces, either civilian or feds. The Democratic primaries were changed, back in the 70’s I believe, after anti-war candidate McCarthy got the nomination nod. That’s when the super delegates came about, so they had more control of things. Expect the GOP too, to change things to keep future Trumps’ from getting the nod.


#19

Yeah, with him everything is shown in all it’s crass, vulgar, glory. He couldn’t hide his displays of inner emotion if his life depended on it.


#20

I see Atcheson’s point but I think he needs to remember that Trump is a Prince of inherited wealth. Trump may be an idiot (he really did seem more intelligent before he got elected and then we had a good look at him and listened to his sometimes unintelligible speech patterns) but he has always been in a position where he delegated authority to people who got paid to be smarter than he was, so his ‘idiocy’ didn’t show as much.

Trump paid high priced lawyers to arrange his deals. He paid expensive consultants and investment managers and on and on and all of those people were exceptionally intelligent. He paid someone to ghost write his book for him. Trump makes the same mistakes as he was always wont to do but back then they were always covered and massaged for him by his staff! After all… he was the Prince!

The Oval Office is not quite the same as a business conference with his lawyers, assistants, bankers and etc. Thus we see Trump blurting out statements that his advisors pull him back from as soon as they get the chance. Being president means everything you say gets publicized and despite all his billions that was not the case for the Prince back when he was just a wheeler and dealer.

Trump runs without a script too often but who in his entourage will dare tell the Prince that when he speaks (without their permission first) he ends up sounding like an idiot! Trump may be feeling constrained by his need to be less reckless and impulsive.

Trump unfiltered? Yeah well maybe he really is an idiot too!

Trumps just wanna have fun!