Trump’s Act Is Getting Boring and Old

It’s as if President Trump isn’t even trying, and it’s only been scarcely more than a month.

He can’t get past the same dead horses he’s been beating since July, 2015.

Or July, 2016. Or November. The plot hasn’t changed and, frankly, it’s getting old.

Nobody likes repeats and plot retreads. It’s why Andrew Dice Clay plays seedy clubs in front of sparse crowds. Nobody likes one-act “me” issue peddlers. It’s why Rachel Dolezal is only getting offers for lurid reality shows or lurid sex videos.

When the act gets old, people tune out. When people tune out, the media eventually moves on to other things. In Trump’s very special case, the media will never move on. But people will tune out, and with elections coming up seemingly just over the next hill, that’s very important to people who work on a different Hill.

Playing one-note Johnny also has the effect of demoralizing the paid help.

So far, none of Trump’s cabinet picks has failed to win confirmation, but two have withdrawn, and Michael Flynn (who didn’t need Senate approval) resigned. Jason Miller withdrew as White House Communications Director before Trump even took office.

And now, Philip Bilden has withdrawn from nomination as Secretary of the Navy. Bilden cited the same reason Vincent Viola used when he withdrew as Secretary of the Army–he could not satisfy government ethics requirements for divestment. It’s an all-purpose excuse, really. It could mean there are real, significant issues, or it could also mean that the person giving the reason decided it’s not worth trying to solve them.

It means that two key defense appointees decided that Trump wasn’t worth the trouble. This is a poor showing.

Meanwhile, Trump keeps flailing the media horse. He’s obsessed with it, and the people who work for him pay for his obsession. Kellyanne Conway, Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer have been taking it on the chin for months. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Maddox have been working overtime to calm foreign allies’ fears of a poop show.

I mean, how many times in a row does Spicer have to be wrong before he runs out of anti-depressants?

At some point, the old, tired act is going to take a bigger toll, when one of the president’s stalwarts simply quits. It might happen sooner rather than later. It will only take one defection to start what could be a significant unraveling. I’m not saying that will happen, but the fear inside the administration seems palpable.

If Trump begins to lose credibility and cohesion with his own cabinet and staff, simply from dealing with his public tantrums and now-boring press war, Congress will very quickly move to distance itself from him. That will turn Trump’s guns on Congress (and the media, and “leakers,” and the FBI, and the CIA, etc.). And that will further erode credibility and cohesion.

Trump has the potential to do so many good things for conservatives. It would be a terrible shame to waste all of that because he couldn’t find the self-control to change the subject, just once.

I’m bored with it. Can we move on to something else?

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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