Why Trump would not make a good president
Sure, he has name recognition. He is a billionaire; owns vast real estate and gaming industry establishments, and had a popular television show firing people. He crowned beauty queens too. None of that amounts to demonstrating ability to command the world’s most serious government enterprise.
One of the behaviors that make a great president is enthusiasm for the job. If Donald Trump decides to commit to it, he would bring enthusiasm, no doubt.
Yet, there are critical aspects about Trump’s past that warrant red flags and concerns about 1) risks and 2) managerial performance in the American system of government.
Is Donald Trump a collaborator? Can he achieve bipartisanship?
Right off the bat, he immersed himself into the low-brow birther argument. He is on again and off again on critical issues, changing his mind on popular whim demonstrating impulsiveness that is risky behavior.
He had that risky impulsiveness as a teenager causing his parents to send him to a military academy for discipline. He acquired something there, but one thing he did not acquire during the Vietnam War was the desire to enlist his “officer material” into service for his country.
He was privileged and he took the easy way out.
He excelled in school in finance and business, and that is a plus. His commercial development skills are an asset to our country.
Lacking essential knowledge about Constitutional Law and military and foreign policy, he comes up short.
However, he might make a great Secretary of the Department of Commerce, though he probably would shut down that department. He might make a great ambassador somewhere in a developed country, though I don’t see him in Africa where he is most needed.
“Donald Trump. Seriously?
By Chris Cillizza, Aaron Blake
Donald Trump finished second in the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll testing the 2012 Republican presidential field. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel DunandIn the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, businessman and reality television star Donald Trump finished second behind only former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in a hypothetical 2012 Republican primary heat.
Trump’s 17 percent tied with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and put him well in front of other well- known GOP contenders like former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and former House speaker Newt Gingrich.
And, among those who identify themselves as tea party supporters, Trump is actually in the lead with 20 percent, followed by Romney at 17 percent and Huckabee at 14 percent.
What gives? How can someone who as recently as 2000 was preparing to run for president under the Reform Party banner and in 2007 touted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as “the best” suddenly be the hottest commodity in Republican politics?
We put that question to a handful of smart political strategists. Their answers largely fell into a few categories.
1) Name Identification, pure and simple: People recognize Trump’s name and, in a field filled with political unknowns, they gravitate to a name with which they’re familiar. “The voters know Trump; they do not know many of the others,” said Peter Hart, a Democratic pollster who along with Republican Bill McInturff conducts the NBC/WSJ survey. “For the tea party followers — gone is Palin, so Trump is their current flavor du jour.”
2) Confrontation sells: Since emerging on the 2012 scene, Trump has been all bravado and bluster. His main line of attack,oddly, has been over the already-settled debate over whether President Obamais a U.S. citizen. But GOP operatives argue the merit of the argument may matter less to primary voters than the simple fact Trump is displaying a willingness to take the fight to Obama. “What voters are saying is that they like the no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners approach that Trump seems to take,” said one GOP consultant granted anonymity to speak candidly.
3) Business credentials: What Trump is, in the eyes of most voters, is a successful businessman. “People want to be like him,” said one party strategist. Carl Forti, a partner at the Republican-aligned Blackrock Group, put it another way. “People want economic hope,” Forti said. “They want a job...Trump’s a businessman, so in theory, he knows what he’s doing.”
Whatever the reason for Trump’s surprisingly strong showing, there is a near-unanimous belief that he would peak on his first day in the race.
“It is a huge mistake for people to confuse fame with electability or seriousness of candidacy,” said Republican strategist Alex Vogel. “If fame was all it took, Simon Cowell could pick presidents and not just rock stars.”
Still, almost no one thought Trump would ever be as strong as the NBC/WSJ survey portrays him. His ability to start near the top of a poll — particularly among tea party supporters — suggests significant volatility in what was already considered a wide-open field.
The numbers will almost certainly embolden Trump to increase his rhetorical antics (if that’s possible), drawing attention away from candidates who are serious about running for the GOP nod and have a real chance at winning it.”