Many of the smartest political pundits spent yesterday churning out analyses of John Bolton’s policy positions and how he will steer policy. The truth is Bolton won’t matter. The idea that Donald J. Trump cares about policy in any way other than how it impacts his image should have been extinguished by now.
John Bolton won’t matter. In fact, watching his “presidential behavior pattern” it seems very likely that President Trump will now work quickly to “free” himself of more of what both Republican and Democrat politicians in Washington deluded themselves into thinking was a safeguard to keep Trump’s worst impulses in check. It seems a safe bet to predict the president will ditch more of the so-called “adults” among his staff, so that he can “go rogue” and truly use the powers of the office to the fullest extent, to take down his enemies.
I expect him to fire John Kelly and to aggressively start eliminating the restraining influences from his circle of advisers, so that he can begin to do whatever he wants, or at least, whatever he can get away with.
The test will be to see whether Congress will check him, if he goes too far, which seems a foregone conclusion for a man who has no respect for The Constitution, no respect for rules and no respect for anyone who shows “signs of weakness”. Trump now speaks like he believes he understands the job of president better than any of his advisers, a man who feels emboldened and empowered. When he goes too far, for any Republicans in Congress to act surprised will speak to their moral weakness, cowardice and willful blindness. Congress is filled with a lot of weak, cowardly people, who collapse and fold at the first hint of unfavorable polling data, so it will be interesting to see how many Republicans now prattling about “red lines”, will truly stand up to Trump. Trump’s “GOP Insurgency”, where the GOP surrendered their party to this amoral fraud stands as a moral cowardice gauge.
Trump and his information war stormtroopers are banking on GOP cowardice and trashing Mueller enough to cast doubt on Mueller’s character and quell impeachment rumblings. The Democrats are banking on some big gains in the midterm election to bolster their impeachment efforts.
So much “winning” ahead…