Over the course of his campaign, Donald Trump has attempted to assuage concerns over his lack of qualifications for the presidency with a simple promise: that even if he may seem unqualified, there’s no reason to worry, because he will hire the best of the best to advise him. The line has become something of an inborn defense mechanism for Trump; every shortcoming and ill-informed opinion, from his lack of knowledge on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the nuclear triad, to his seemingly endless pivoting on every issue from abortion to foreign policy, has been explained away by the idea that Trump, consummate and successful businessman that he is, will certainly hire someone who will be there to tell him when he has no idea what he’s talking about.
Who exactly are these people? Well, much like ObamaCare, we can’t know for sure who’s in Trump’s cabinet until we have elected him. But the notion that a president can make up for a lack of solid principles and sound ideas by promising to surround himself with those that have them is truly baffling.
For over a month now, Trump has continually dodged the chance to participate in a televised debate with Ted Cruz. He claims to do so out of some misguided notion that he is “sparing” Republican voters from having to watch another debate. But the reality, of course, is that Trump is terrified of having to engage in one-on-one debates with those who have ideas and solutions where he has none. Telling voters that you will hire the best people to inform you on the issues is not an attractive selling point when the man across the stage from you is already quite informed on the issues himself.
Furthermore, Cruz even beats Donald at finding the best people! The “best and brightest” that Trump has hired to run his campaign have spent the past month getting their proverbial clocks cleaned by Cruz’s people in procuring loyal delegates for the convention. When they aren’t busy wringing their hands over imaginary election rigging or threatening violent upheaval of the nomination process, Trump’s people have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent at running a presidential campaign. Meanwhile, the political gravitas of Cruz’s team may very well end up delivering him the nomination in July.
So to Trump’s supporters, I propose this simple question: instead of electing a man who promises to hire people that know what they’re doing, what if we just elected a man that knows what he is doing? I know it seems crazy, but it just might work.