Donald Trump as the once and future king, spiced with notes of General MacArthur? That’s the heady brew that you’re expected to quaff, get your goblets and step right up, there’s plenty of this madness to go around. Trump fluffer Marc Thiessen has written “an eight point plan for Trump to leave the presidency and win it back in 2024.” Naturally, the egregiousness of Trump challenging the results of an election that is not only free and fair but uncontestable in many of the states in which he is contesting it, is glossed over. That’s just Trump being Trump, denying any reality that doesn’t suit him and smashing things, democracy included, in his tantrums on the way out.
But Thiessen does suggest a way out, which is hopeful. Maybe Trump can swallow this sugar coated pill. Maybe this is the way to lure him out of the White House, like getting Norma Desmond down the staircase by convincing her that she was shooting a movie scene, rather than hauling her out in a strait jacket. Washington Post:
4. Lead the GOP to keep control of the Senate. Trump can fire the first salvo of 2024 with victories in the Georgia Senate runoffs in January. He should do so not by focusing on the last election, but by telling his supporters their vote is about the future. If Democrats take control of the Senate, he can say, they will enact socialist policies that he won’t be able to reverse in four years’ time. Just look at how hard it has been to undo Obamacare, and imagine what Democrats will do with unfettered power to pass anything they want on energy, climate, health care, immigration and taxes. Step one in taking back the White House is keeping control of the Senate.
“Look at how hard it was to undo Obamacare.” Yep, it’s pretty hard to replace something when you’ve got nothing to replace it with. We’ll go along with that.
5. Deliver an unprecedented farewell address. Most departing presidents deliver a nationally televised farewell address from the White House. But it has been more than a century since a president left the White House and then successfully stood for reelection four years later. Trump should use his speech to declare, in the words of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, “I shall return.”
6. Preside over a gracious transfer of power. Invite Biden to the White House, ride with him to the Capitol and attend the inauguration. Leave the White House with dignity.
7. Guide the party to retake the House in 2022. With Trump at the top of the ticket in 2020, Republicans nearly took the House — winning a net eight seats so far, with a possibility of 13 when the final votes are tallied. There are at least 26 seats so far that Democrats won with 52 percent of the vote or less, which means control of the House is in play in 2022. Trump should lead the party to finish the job, defeat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and take back the House majority.
The comical part of this is that Trump has no interest in holding the Senate or regaining the House unless there’s money in it for him. That’s where Thiessen went wrong. He should have written as “control of the House is in play. And that means donations and that means lining your pockets, Oh Great Orange One.” That will get his attention.
Meanwhile, Trump is doing nothing but sitting around the White House, sulking between golf games. He played golf Sunday, had lunch with Pence on Monday, and has no public events scheduled at all this week so far. He’s given up — although he probably will go golfing again this weekend, after a hard week of tweeting lies and worrying about money and prison. That can wear a chap out, we’re told.
But maybe this columnist is on to something. Although I would say Trump’s vaunted return is a lot closer in spirit and in truth to Norma Desmond than to Douglas MacArthur, but maybe convincing him he’s signed to do a sequel is the way to go.