The political class is still coming to grips with what appears to be Donald Trump’s novel management philosophy: Government by Twitter. Put aside the by-now-familiar weirdness of our president-elect’s gloating over Arnold Schwarzenegger’s poor Celebrity Apprentice ratings or swipes at Meryl Streep. Trump’s Twitter addiction poses heretofore unnoticed challenges for his administration. The president-elect often emphasizes the value of being “unpredictable.” And he has a point — in certain contexts. Keeping our enemies guessing has advantages. Defenders of Trump’s habit of jabbing corporations about their offshoring decisions will tell you that Trump is “setting the tone from the top.”
Comments: Unpredictability has its pluses and minuses.
Trump pays his money and takes his chances with Twitter. I don´t like it, but it´s his show and the regrets will be all his, as will the successes. I suspect life will change come January 20th.
That said, Trump and Congress do not appear to have an agenda. Obamacare is a good example. Repeal...or repeal and replace...or what? Who is leading this, the President or Congress? What exactly is in the anticipated bill? Is Trump setting up Ryan for embarrassment, or vice versa?
Yeah, go pop some popcorn...this is going to be quite a show the next 110 days.
When the predictable firestorm hit, Trump hied to Twitter to mock the effort as a distraction, earning a nanosecond of favorable coverage by killing the initiative.
Hied? WTH uses the word hied? The following is a quote from Michael Thau in The American Thinker:
The writing of a successful professor must be couched in the most abstract terms – it must be completely inaccessible to all but a few like-minded colleagues. Accessibility and practical import are the hug and kiss of professional death; they mark your work as unsophisticated and you as not very clever.
Jonah is a purebred, pedigreed member of the Cocktail Party. He is lost and is very unlikely to find solid ground again in his lifetime. I suspect that he was running the Lucianne website for a few days when the snarky cartoons were posted (Twitter Poop) and the Late Breaking News was that the California Vineyards had been damaged by rain.
Jonah, please, listen, almost all American families and households earn less than $100K per year. Try, really try to imagine that. They do not work for the government, they do not have cushy jobs with lush benefits, they will not inherit money or status. Then demand, by law, that those hardworking mothers and fathers, farmers, plumbers, builders, mechanics, pay $28,000 a year for health insurance for a family of four.
Goldberg misses yet again. A careful search will reveal the Obama administration first adopted the "novel" approach of governance by tweet. Remember how dismayed we all were when Michelle and certain State Department staffers were tweeting about and too foreign country governments?
Too bad for Goldberg, but then he´s been a reliable "never Trumper" pretty much all along, recent walk backs notwithstanding.
Jonah. You need to give it up. Trump is doing quite well, no thanks to your jejune and uninspiring advice. Thanks to your chip on your shoulder, I cancelled my Nation Review subscription. Wm Buckley you ain´t.
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