National Review’s Kevin Williamson’s recent piece associating President Donald Trump to Alec Baldwin’s character in Glengarry Glen Ross is similar to a post I wrote during the presidential campaign. Only I compared Trump to the “Lonesome Rhodes” character in A Face In The Crowd.
I’ve shifted my position a little. I now see Trump’s administration more like a comedy depicting a man who is used to operating very successfully in one role but unable to navigate the nuance of another role. Administrative knowledge (or being an insider) allows you to navigate these situations without looking like a blithering moron. A fish out of water, if you will.
The James Comey ousting is a great example. The media was obsessed with the Flynn angle, but Trump was clearly more concerned about people thinking he was personally under investigation. He tried repeatedly (in comical ways) to convince Comey to publicly admit that Trump was not a target in his probe. Got angry and fired him when it became obvious Comey wasn’t going to oblige.
It’s like the Beverly Hillbillies, in that the banker Drysdale (DC insiders) is just as hilarious as Jed Clampett (Trump). They are playing similar roles and are eliciting the same kind of yuks.