GOP, not Trump, real prob­lem

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - TONY ST. AMANT Chico, Cal­i­for­nia

It’s easy to say that Don­ald Trump is an ob­nox­ious, ego­ma­ni­a­cal buf­foon, but the real story might be a lit­tle sub­tler and a lit­tle more com­plex (not that it makes him any more de­sir­able as pres­i­dent). What­ever Mr. Trump’s level of ac­tual fi­nan­cial suc­cess — ei­ther the most in­cred­i­ble busi­ness­man of his age, as he claims, or a fi­nan­cial ma­nip­u­la­tor who has prof­ited greatly at the ex­pense of part­ners, as a num­ber of busi­ness as­so­ciates claim — he can’t ac­tu­ally be the mon­u­men­tally undis­ci­plined clown he plays on the cam­paign trail.

An al­ter­na­tive ex­pla­na­tion might be that at some level of con­scious­ness, “The Don­ald” knows he can­not suc­ceed if he bows to the tra­di­tional level of give­and-take and pub­lic scru­tiny that comes with pub­lic of­fice. He knows he is not tem­per­a­men­tally suited to treat­ing the speaker of the House and Se­nate ma­jor­ity leader as pol­icy equals. He’s never had to op­er­ate in any kind of tri­umvi­rate, and he’s not about to try. There­fore, even as the Repub­li­can es­tab­lish­ment leans to ac­com­mo­date his idio­syn­cra­sies, Mr. Trump will ac­cept noth­ing but ca­pit­u­la­tion. He doesn’t care about the fu­ture of the Repub­li­can Party. He cares only about ful­fill­ing his vi­sion of nar­cis­sis­tic destiny.

The crit­i­cal ques­tions are these: Will the Repub­li­can lead­er­ship vac­uum that al­lowed Mr. Trump to rise and thrive con­tinue? Will the party chair and con­gres­sional lead­er­ship step up to re­cap­ture the philo­sophic in­tegrity of the party, or will they con­tinue to shuf­fle around like a herd of deer caught in the head­lights?

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