19.7.15

What I like about The Donald

I've been watching the news and listening to The Donald (Trump, in case anyone's wondering) go on about war heroes and illegal immigrants and bad trade agreements.  It's great theatre, isn't it? And that hair... wow.

At first, he was a joke.  Then a dangerous joke.  Now? I'm not so sure what he is, except that without explaining anything about his real policies, he's sucking up everyone else's political airtime.  It's genius, when you think about it: say a bunch of crazy, off-the-cuff things that sound even more outrageous when you try to explain what you meant ("I like people who weren't captured" - what does that even mean?!) and sit back and enjoy the coverage.  Forget coming up with anything concrete about how you would do anything, or what your ideas are, just do that.

But that's only part of why I like The Donald.  He's so unabashedly himself, no political advisers carefully crafting the message in sight.  And the wealth!  Remember waaaay back when, when President George H.W. Bush was accused of being out of touch because he didn't know the price of milk?  That's not a question The Donald will be answering, because we all know he has no idea.  Mitt Romney, and before him, Ross Perot, tried to play the just folks card, too.  It didn't work.

We all know he's not "one of us", just plain folks trying to make a living.  Let's face it, he's the embodiment of the American Dream, the one where Daddy gives you a large starting-out gift ($10 million, in this case), not the one where you pull yourself up by your bootstraps, a la any of Horatio Alger's heroes.  The Donald has been a reality tv show since well before the genre started, with the wives and the gilded lifestyle and the knowledge that no one (no one!) does it bigger, better and with less plausible hair than he does.

Do I think he's a viable candidate?  No.  Can anyone, even those who are "liking" him in the polls, really see him being statesman-like?  He's far more likely to tell a foreign dignitary "you're fired" than to work out a deal.  Or see him as Consoler in Chief, speaking words of wisdom and comfort after some tragic event? And as much as we might want someone who speaks their mind, he's a little too much for us.

But as pure theatre, I'm enjoying The Donald Show. 

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