At this point, I know I should not be shocked by how shallow the Russian Usurper is, and yet…
White House aides have figured out that it’s best not to present Trump with too many competing options when it comes to matters of policy or strategy. Instead, the way to win Trump over, they say, is to present him a single preferred course of action and then walk him through what the outcome could be – and especially how it will play in the press.
“You don’t walk in with a traditional presentation, like a binder or a PowerPoint. He doesn’t care. He doesn’t consume information that way,” said one senior administration official. “You go in and tell him the pros and cons, and what the media coverage is going to be like.”
It’s not even so much that I’m shocked that some sort of ersatz ratings or even Q-Rating drives him, I’m shocked that his staff is enabling it. Even if they are true believers in Hair Führer, they must know at some level that there is no there there. That is pure ego.
It’s also little wonder that the Russians figured out how to manipulate him.