There is that cadre of Trump supporters who faithfully rally around his “failures” as redefined extensions of a masterful and omniscient psychological control of the narrative on his part.
3D chess, they call it.
Even in the throes of defeat, they persistently maintain that President Trump is the machination behind everything and that the latest setback is nothing but a strategic maneuver in his plan to attain supremacy/victory/control. In the latest instance of a “setback,” the Ryan/TrumpCare vs ObamaCare debacle (and it is that), some elements of this cadre has suggested that Trump planned the doomed Republican foray into an Obamacare replacement, including last week’s chaotic, failed splendor. They believe it was part of a foreseen game of 3D chess initiated by Trump to rid the House Speaker role of Paul Ryan, and even more optimistically, to ultimately install a much more palatable, conservative replacement of Obamacare.
This cadre gives President Trump too much credit. While Trump certainly possesses masterful skills of manipulation and interpersonal prescience, I don’t believe the Obamacare battle displayed these mythical qualities. I suspect that players in the Republican party with the fiercest determination to bury Obamacare were also the most impatient and forceful. Ryan/Trumpcare did not deserve such an early day in court. Barack Obama’s health care plan, fraught with intricacies and dystopian bureaucracy, did the Democratic mentality proud for its bottomless pit of convoluted regulation and governmental impositions under the guise of helping (crutching) the poor and the elderly. In a relatively short time, Obamacare has become entrenched in American’s entitlement paradigm and exterminating it from the landscape is no simple feat. As such, any attempt to seriously tackle the formidable beast requires 1) Time, and 2) Ammunition. President Trump’s new administration, only 2 months old, has fostered neither.
Ryan/Trumpcare was a rushed, tepid vehicle prodded on by the juvenile rashness of various players in the GOP. One would assume that national politicians possess enough intelligence and maturity to comprehend the concept of “deferred reward,” but judging by the premature ejaculation their tepid offering represents, this was obviously not the case.
Whereas I don’t believe that our President molds reality (“God Emperor”), I do believe his greatest skill is the ability to manipulate existing reality into auspicious narratives for his cause. This is the key strength of Donald Trump; I believe has that rare gift known as the ability to “make lemonade from life’s lemons” and when defeat arises, he instinctively launches into damage control mode and ingeniously initiates narratives (memes) which blur the sharp edges of ill fate and in fact, magically steer them in his favor. This modus operandi then reveals itself as an ingenious contortion of reality on Trump’s part that in reality, happened in reaction, not in anticipation. But when we view it from our backward-peering perspective, the illusion is that he molded reality when in fact all he did was to restructure our perceptions.
And let’s be frank. Ryan/Trumpcare is a steaming pile of shit and the “restructuring” and political cosmetic surgery required of President Trump to paint this in his administration’s favor will be a difficult, trying journey, indeed.
The failure of Ryan/Trumpcare is too vivid and magnified in the public mind right now. The Left (and its lackeys in the MSM) is starved for victory and entitlement gloating rights, any victory, and the downfall of the GOP’s health counteroffer presents a collective cranny where it can stick its smug erection.
That cranny is Ryan/Trumpcare and the MSM has unveiled all discovered adjectives of the English language in its hyperbolic reporting of Donald Trump’s “RESOUNDING DEFEAT.”
The Left has proven to be as ungracious in “victory” as it has been in defeat. Trump’s victory and Presidential offensive since January has created a vacuum that has eschewed all liberal cries for attention, but as his vulnerability is measured within the context of his first Presidential failure, the left has rushed in with a gleeful, raucous parade of obnoxious quasi-victory which ultimately doesn’t count for much, at least superficially. The problem is not Ryan/Trumpcare, but what its defeat implies for Trump’s short-term policy goals.
Now that the “God Emperor” has been revealed to be human, his detractors are likewise empowered to exert their strength and to rebuff the dictates of the leader.
It’s doubtful that President Trump, if he truly was God Emperor status, in charge of the vagaries of fate, would have traded the empowerment of his enemies and detractors, and the concomitant deferment of his other agendas, for the ultimate triumph (a crap shoot) of a conservative health plan. Simple logic and seasoned experience tells us that an incoming presidential administration, for the sake of perception of command in the public’s eye, should begin its reign with victories; a string of victories which, however minor they may be, still set the tone of irreproachable power and reign.
No incoming President wants to embark on his maiden term with a high-profile PR defeat buzzing in the public’s ears, for it endangers his peripheral agendas; defeat, when you are untested and unproven, rankles on your prowess. You slip down a few rungs which you need to laboriously scale to resume your starting point. Meanwhile, you are one day, one month, closer to the next election.
All Trump can do now is react to this defeat and set a narrative in which innate GOP weakness is magically cast as a preordained strength. The first step in his resuscitation plan addressing the health care fiasco was to imprint the “Obamacare exploding” imagery in our minds.
The God Emperor wore his new clothes to the Obamacare party, and it wasn’t pretty.