It is conventional thinking in American politics that the first 100 days of a United States presidency is a barometer for the successes and accomplishments of the administration. The new President is at the peak of his (or future her) power and influence and has the best opportunity to shape policy within this time frame.
Donald Trump is being inaugurated as President of the United States today, which gives him until April 30 to vigorously implement his policies and take advantage of his amplified influence.
Of course, with an approval rating sinking below 40 percent prior to taking office, that influence is muted and waning, but that’s neither here nor there.
Despite the doom and gloom associated with this particular transition of power, there are five reasons to look forward to Trump’s first 100 days.
The Unprepared Man Behind the Curtain
As much as Trump and his supporters love to claim the mantle of victory, there is still the matter of governing. Nothing has been achieved yet, and little is accomplished through Tweeting and meetings at Trump Tower.
Actually being President will expose how woefully unprepared and unqualified Trump is for the job. He will not adjust well to the stress, hours and demands of being President.
All of this, perhaps, could be overcome with a robust, knowledgable staff around him. But Trump has announced nominees for only 30 of the 690 posts that require Senate approval. The administration will be woefully understaffed.
A bare bones organization will not be able to handle the monumental task of managing the most powerful country in the world. It’s going to be a logistical nightmare for a group of people that largely have no idea what they are doing.
Cannibals Being Cannibals
Trump reached a new level of fame on The Apprentice, where he coined the catchphrase “You’re fired!”. So we know he likes to show people the door. And his mere existence lends itself to drama and spectacle.
There have already been multiple defections from his staff for one reason or another. More are sure to follow. In the wake of a high profiled dismissal, the stories exposing what happens behind the scenes in the Trump administration will begin to flow freely.
Loyalty will be forgone. Devotion will turn into dissent. And the depths of Trump’s incompetence will be further revealed.
It reminds me of the following line from The Dark Knight :
I’ll show you, when the chips are down, these … these civilized people? They’ll eat each other.
There is a certain segment of Trump voters that will never admit their mistake. Trump’s most redeeming quality to many is that he is not Hillary Clinton. Unless he somehow morphs into Clinton, his supporters will remain, though dwindle.
However, a great many more people cast their vote for Trump unenthusiastically. Or, perhaps, they just wanted to elect someone who could shake up the stale political system (I would also vote of such a candidate, had I believe they could pull it off).
Every President has an enormous, unrelenting workload. A President that wants work outside of the system and change the political landscape in America would need unending depths of intelligence, charisma, energy and organizational skill.
As Trump makes a mockery of the office and fails to achieve any of his immediate policy goals, dissatisfaction will skyrocket, approval ratings will plummet, and he’ll be a lame duck President before he gets to his first summer.
The Circus is in Town
Despite the likely damage a Trump administration is likely to do, let’s face it, it’s going to be entertaining. There will be crazy press conferenced, internal squabbles, unhinged Tweets and maybe even a human sacrifice.
Now that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is going out of business, America has a new circus ready to go.
All of this will happen as democracy crumbles and the institutions of government fall away like dead leaves. FUN!!
In case it wasn’t obvious, I didn’t vote for Trump. But I would likely have voted for a different Republican against Hillary Clinton. But, the ballots were cast, the Electoral College worked its magic, and here were are.
I’ve spent some time fearing for the future of the First Amendment, women’s rights, gay rights, international alliances and nuclear security.
But now, I’m going to sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Play the fiddle while Rome burns, and wait for others to realize the grave mistake they made. Some never will and I will never say “I told you so,” but I am going to enjoy the ride.
Also published on Medium.