OK, close? Get a little closer. Better.
The secret is this: President Trump is crazy like a fox.
My niece told me this last March.
I started applying that logic to his actions. It usually works. Every time he does something crazy, a pundit should pause and resist the temptation to react. Seldom are things what they appear to be with President Trump.
Let's see how this works out. It may be a feint (making a big deal out of "Hamilton" to knock the Trump University settlement off the front page) or a smack upside the head of the liberal beehive (tweeting we should strip flag burners of their citizenship triggered a liberal media to show how hippie-dippy liberal they are). A pundit should always frame President Trump's tweets against a larger background. These are paint strokes of a landscape he has already envisioned.
There are also times President Trump ignores an issue. He pretty much let the Democrats make fools of themselves over the recount.
Which leads me to the dance between President Trump and Mitt Romney.
You really should lean back now. Being too close to the screen can hurt your eyes.
The media framed this dance as a cat-and-mouse game with Trump teasing Mitt. Wednesday afternoon when Kennedy (the television personality on Fox News and Fox News Business) said Trump was just leading Mitt on, I realized that was not what was happening.
Why would Mitt want to humiliate himself?
He does not need Trump or a Cabinet post.
So why is he doing this?
The terrific answer is that Romney still feels a call to public service. That the same motivation that drove him to run for governor or take over the failing Salt Lake City Winter Olympics or even run for president — a desire to make things better and a belief he can do so — is what compels him to make nice with someone that, from a personal perspective, he clearly holds in utter contempt. Under this theory, Romney believes the best way to preserve his vision for the country and its role in the world — and protect those things from potentially harmful decisions by Trump — is to insert himself between the president-elect and the world. That only by going into the Trump administration can he keep really bad things from happening.
The terrible answer for Romney is that this willingness to subjugate his personal views about Trump is all in service of an overarching ambition for power that has defined his life. Romney critics — and those are the people pushing this theory — point to his past flip-flops on such issues as abortion and gay marriage as evidence that when a deeply held belief comes up against Romney's ambition, ambition always wins. So, Romney wants to be secretary of state more than he hates Trump. It's that simple a calculation.
Since Cillizza is always wrong, we can eliminate those two answers.
Remember, Cillizza posted "The 5 people most likely to be Donald Trump’s vice president."
I was, of course, right.
So let us look at this logically. Why would President Trump want Mitt on his Cabinet? What would skills would Mitt bring? What does Trump want to do?
Mitt is an experienced, capable, proven, corporate fixer. He could clean house at Foggy Bottom -- which is what they call the State Department.
Definitely if you want to drain the swamp, you start there. Foggy Bottom is saturated with Arabists and people who accommodated the Clinton Foundation.
So Mitt's the man. Call him up. Reel him in.
What does Trump offer Mitt? Relevance. Mitt shot his reputation with his Never Trump ramps. No one wants to end a career as a loser -- twice. Secretary of State would be a challenge and a noble cause, as well as another part of the quest for the first Mormon president. It won't be him, but maybe it will be one of his sons. He is a long thinker too. Most successful people are.
So what is with this song and dance?
While Trump and Romney can bury the hatchet, Trump's supporters are not there yet. And so the men waltz. This is great theater. President Trump is training his supporters to accept Mitt. He does this with another rope-a-dope of the discredited media.
The dance also shows Trump's diplomatic chops. He is showing the world that he has charm and he can get what he wants.
For Mitt, this is rehabilitation. The Madman -- the Orange Julius Caesar -- graciously forgave him. Why should not the rest of us?
I thought Trump had picked Rudy, but I was wrong. (Yes, it happens.) Oh he still may select Rudy, but it looks like Mitt. Or maybe not. At any rate, enjoy the dance.
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