According to Kasich aides, the Trump campaign desperately wanted the
Now, if a normal person were asked to guess which two, he or she might venture, "Counterterrorism and health care," or, "Defense and taxes." But that's thinking small. And
"What the hell would Trump do?" the aide reportedly asked Trump the younger.
"He would make America great again," Trump Jr. casually replied, according to a story in the
When I first read that, I couldn't help but think of that scene in "The Blues Brothers" where
There's no love lost between the Kasich and Trump camps, so it's fair to be skeptical of the story. The only thing is, there are lots of rumors among Republican politicians and staffers that back it up. Trump's not interested in policy. He's fine with outsourcing it to congressional Republicans and to his Cabinet secretaries. Trump wants to do the fun stuff. He wants to give cool speeches and fly around in a better plane. He wants the respect that comes with being president. He doesn't want to do the hard stuff.
For those willing to see, there's been a lot of evidence of that all along. He's said he won't even start learning about policy until he's elected. That Trump doesn't know or care much about public policy is obvious to literally every human being who knows anything about public policy. One could fill books with examples of him talking about articles of the Constitution that don't exist, events that never took place and proposals that make no sense.
According to a deeply reported account in GQ, Trump's daily briefing packet amounts to a printout of a
This is also how he runs his business. He's a marketer and branding maven. Other businessmen and subcontractors do the heavy lifting.
It's unlikely that Trump knows any of that, but that doesn't mean he's not onto something about the presidency.
Many Republicans I've talked to find Trump's willingness to outsource actual policymaking to
But it overlooks a problem. Because there is so much power in a president's words, a president's words matter. Just this week, the
A president with a verbal hair trigger -- one who doesn't know enough to know what not to say -- could ignite a financial crisis or a war.
If Trump could be trusted to simply play a ceremonial role, serving as a kind of corporate motivational speaker for the country, I might board the Trump train. But can anyone say with confidence that Trump has the discipline to do anything of the sort?