He’ll get bored.
I’m bored of him already – his infantile speech, his lack of curiosity, his practiced reality-show squint, imitating an adult with normal thinking patterns.
Imagine how bored he will be, after people explain stuff to him.
“Sir, this is the rule.”
“Mr. President, yes, the Senate can actually do that.”
“Yes, those lawyers do have a legal right to question you about your holdings.”
This is a guy who stood in front of adoring multitudes out there and pounded one fist into his palm and said he’d like to punch somebody right in the face.
Not that easy, in reality.
In a brilliant column, David Brooks described the man’s statements as “usually just a symbolic assault in some dominance-submission male rivalry game.”
How did he get this way?
“Now vee may perhaps to begin. Yes?” – Philip Roth, “Portnoy’s Complaint.”
I say it was some father issue.
Or something at boarding school.
This is a troubled human being. But a strange minority coalition saw the candidate in its own personal fun-house mirror and put its money and fears and superstitions and prejudices on this lumbering figure. Diamond Jim.
Most likely, soon he will say, “Who needs this?”
:Eighteen months,.I keep telling my friends
The real question is, how does it end?
It could be impeachment -- the old John McCain making one more mission for his country.
But boredom, confinement, anxiety, fear, could lead to resignation: I’m outta here.
Then there is the Big Mac Theory.
I’m not a betting man. Won’t even place a two-dollar bet in the pressbox at the Derby. Long story.
But I’m curious about the odds of him lasting in office.
Last November, I found some odds on-line from the British bookies (some people will bet on anything.)
The odds were 3-1 or 6-1 that the new guy would not last four years. Might have been wishful thinking.
However, my cursory glimpse at the current web discloses no new odds. Why is that? Better to wager on soccer – when will Chelsea lose? Important stuff like that.
I’m in denial, or withdrawal.
I can’t take cable news anymore. I put on the stereo and listen to the great Terrance McKnight on WQXR-FM.
I’m reading Dickens’ “A Child’s History of England,” refreshing my views of Richard III and Henry VIII and Oliver Cromwell. (Dickens called him “A most intolerable ruffian, a disgrace to human nature, and a blot of blood and grease upon the History of England") Fair and balanced.
You’ve heard of “Waiting for Godot?”
I’m waiting for Céspedes.
Meantime, the best people I know are talking about not taking this foolishness lying down.
My wife is reading the Times, learning stuff on the tube. Making a plan. Fight back. Right on.
I read the great piece by Jelani Cobb in the current New Yorker: “The Return of Civil Disobedience.”
I remember how good people forced Johnson to slink away from a run in 1968.
Nixon finally got found out in 1974.
I give this guy eighteen months.
Then we get a nice, normal guy like Pence.
"Among the things that have long fascinated people about Jesus and explain his enduring appeal is his method of dialogue and teaching. "He asked a lot of questions and told a lot of stories in the form of parables. In fact, parables form about a third of Jesus’ recorded teachings. The Gospels were written decades after he died, so his questions and parables clearly left a deep impression on those who bore testimony to him....
"Some of Jesus’ questions were rhetorical; others were meant to challenge or even provoke. In some cases, Jesus used questions to parry attacks by religious authorities who set traps for him. In others, he used questions to enter more fully into the lives of others and to help people look at the state of their hearts. He asked people about their fears and their faith. Jesus used questions to free a woman caught in adultery from condemnation and to inquire whether people considered him to be the Messiah. He probed deeply into questions not many had asked before him, like “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
---(Peter Wehner, long-time White House consultant and writer, in the NYT last week about Jesus Christ’s method of teaching by asking questions.)
"Would that I could mention all the illuminating details in this biography, for example, why Wells praised Black Americans so highly, saying, 'I took a mighty liking to these gentle, human, dark-skinned people,' and 'Whatever America has to show in heroic living today, I doubt if she can show anything finer than the quality of the resolve, the steadfast efforts hundreds of black and colored men are making today to live blamelessly, honorably and patiently, getting by themselves what scraps of refinement, beauty and learning they may, keeping their hold on a civilization they are grudged and denied.''
-- "How H.G. Wells Predicted the 20th Century," Charles Johnson, NYT Book Review, Nov. 19, 2021. ***".
...the monsters arrive."
"They come in a deafening, surging swarm, blasting from lawn to lawn and filling the air with the stench of gasoline and death. I would call them mechanical locusts, descending upon every patch of gold in the neighborhood the way the grasshoppers of old would arrive, in numbers so great they darkened the sky, to lay bare a cornfield in minutes. But that comparison is unfair to locusts.
"Grasshoppers belong here. Gasoline-powered leaf blowers are invaders, the most maddening of all the maddening, environment-destroying tools of the American lawn-care industry."
---The great Margaret Renkl, from Nashville, one of my favorite NYT bylines, Oct. 26, 2021.
(She describes our Long Island enclave to every decibel, every stink.)