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After Trump, Who and What?

June 13, 2021

I’ve asked this question six times before:

Donald Trump had no feelings of allegiance to George H. W. and George W. Bush. As an “outsider” he brought to the Presidential election of 2016 a sense that American voters were ready for a change. His nationalism was refreshing as were his opposition to Big Government policies of President Barack Obama. A “Tea Party” movement favored lower taxes and Donald Trump was okay with that.

What Trump lacked was experience in government and that led to his failure to understand that the agencies of the administrative State need to be controlled by hand-picked nominees who shared Trump’s principles. Until that was done, these agencies were controlled by career bureaucrats with their own agenda.

Donald Trump realized late in his fourth year in office that the administrative State was running the government, not President Trump. But by then it was too late.

Government cannot be run like a business and the skills of businessmen are not tailored to the tasks of government administration.

Because successful businessmen tend to avoid partisan politics, they know little about how government operates. That was Donald Trump’s error. By staffing his Administration with ex-Generals, Trump merely exacerbated his problems, and that led to loss of control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018, two votes to Impeach in the House and Trump’s failure to be re-elected in 2020.

President Joe Biden is challenged by old age and will cede power to a successor by 2024, if not sooner.

Former President Trump is facing too many tax related charges in New York and by 2023 will be facing Federal charges that will challenge him as well.

Unfortunately there are no immediate successors in the GOP to former President Trump. Running his Administration like a family business assured that none served in appointive office in the Trump Administration who could step forward to replace him. Vice President Pence may seek the nomination in 2024, if Donald Trump is indicted. And Mike Pompeo is ambitious but is not a Party favorite.

If not they, who will lead?

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