Well, it’s one president at a time, and Obama still has more than a month left in office. So there’s not a lot I can say about The Trumpocalypse yet. But, two things are becoming clear: he is far more amenable to facts and data than everyone was led to believe. And, his cabinet choices reflect a seriousness about running government that, again, no one thought he would be.
He seems to be parsing every decision through the lens of whether it will help make America great again and he discards facts and data if it won’t. In saying that, there’s a clear progressive ideology to his decision-making process. That connects with my understanding that Trump isn’t a traditional conservative, rather he’s a progressive from the 1970s. All his ideas for liberal America come from then, so he’s considered old by the new progressives, and therefore unsupported.
Anyway, from what I’ve noticed, Trump is still using his persuasion to be an effective leader. It got him to the White House, but now he needs his other skills to organise the executive to a useful standard. He’s showing ability and listening skills reflecting intelligence and experience in the business world.
But you’re going to hear nasty and vindictive press reportage on his administration throughout the entire four (eight?) years. I am telling you that all this criticism could have (and should have) been leveraged at Obama or Clinton. But it wasn’t because the Democrats represent the Centre Party so their screw-ups are suppressed because they’re part of the ruling ideology.
Trump and Bush 43 are part of the “opposition” (a straw man Outer Party), representing a punching bag for the sole reason of showing a pretend counterpoint to the Centre Party. Attacking them for everything and portraying them as silly, bumbling, dangerous and “literally Hitler” is all part of the game. They need the Outer Party to exist to blame everything on so America doesn’t look like a one-party state (which it is).
Trump just got himself elected as part of a pretend opposition, into a position with the least power of any leadership in the Western world, surrounded by people operating with a more developed progressive ideology than his and with far more power and longevity than he will ever have. If the civil service can’t convince him to do what they want, they’ll simply delay a decision for the next four or eight years until a new president comes in. The civil service can wait for 50 years, the president only has eight at maximum.