BALTIMORE – Last week, Team Trump made its triumphant march into Washington. The president-elect paid his respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, admired his new hotel in Washington, and quipped that his cabinet had the highest IQs of any on record.
We’re over here! Too brainy for our skulls! We don’t know whether the new cabinet’s proximity to Einstein has actually been measured, but from experience we caution that seemingly high intelligence often doesn’t keep people from being morons (there is a long list of high IQ morons considered to be members of the intelligentsia). That said, the Donald himself is certainly a lot sharper than many people give him credit for; his judgment on the matter should probably be given the benefit of the doubt… – click to enlarge.
But the sweetest moment… the delicious, savory victory… came when, to the great relief and applause of millions of adoring fans, “The Donald” became the 45th president of the United States of America.
When we were in the third grade, our teacher told us that “anyone can grow up to become president.” We looked around the room and had our doubts.
Now we have proof.
Trump’s long march began at least 20 years ago when he first toyed publicly with the idea of running for president. Over the years, unbeknownst to anyone, perhaps even to himself, he made his connections, mapped out his campaign, and assembled his troops.
At first, when he appeared as a contender, commentators ridiculed him. He had “no experience,” they said. He was “temperamentally unsuited” to high office. He was this. He was that. But what he wasn’t was discouraged.
As unlikely as it seemed, the upstart politician from Queens crossed the Hudson and brought novel new technology and shocking new tactics to the presidential contest – including disarming tweets and surprise attacks. Instead of sticking to conventional movements and rigid positions, Trump rounded on his enemies and outflanked them time and again.
Trump seemed to outrage all the major constituent parts of the electorate at once, but he was hard to stop. He knocked out “Little Marco” Rubio. He decked John Kasich.
And then he hammered, one after another, Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Jim Gilmore, George Pataki, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham, Chris Christie, and Ben Carson.
The swept away gang of Republican hopefuls. It was quite fascinating and amusing to watch the Donald making virtually the entire “political punditry” industry look like a bunch of complete idiots for an entire year… here is a montage of the funniest “Dewey defeats Truman” moments just before the election.
Road to Rome
Finally, this new Pompey of reality TV, this Bonaparte of the hospitality industry, faced two of America’s greatest imperial families.
The Bushes and the Clintons are staunch defenders of the Deep State, wise to the ways of the media and politics, and they had the support of the rich and powerful patrician classes of Wall Street, Northern Virginia, Georgetown, Montgomery County, Maryland, and Silicon Valley.
But despite all their experience and money, Trump swept them from the field. And then the road to Rome was wide open, with the remaining defenders either preparing a bitter rearguard resistance movement – or joining the invading legions.
Well, that didn’t exactly work out as planned. The favorite candidates of the War Party somehow went under without much ado, in spite of the fact that their campaign coffers were reportedly stuffed with truly obscene amounts of Fed-scrip. Assorted cronydom appendages had to quickly switch horses to remain in the game, but they appear to have gone about it with the swiftness and aplomb that characterizes true professionals…
Within minutes of the election victory, for example, the Wall Street-military-crony establishment was on board with Trump. Goldman Sachs’ revenues in the fourth quarter of 2016 rose 78% over the same period a year earlier.
Many Goldman captains found their skills in demand with the Trump forces and are now in the vanguard of the army investing the capital.
So, let the triumph begin!
One can still find hundreds of pictures showing these two “inevitable” candidates side by side… we also believed for quite some time that America’s electorate would be presented with the non-choice between these two Deep State puppets. Admittedly, we have decidedly mixed feelings about the man who laughed last as well – but the Donald is a masterful troll and as expected has provided us with great entertainment so far.
Image captions by PT
The above article originally appeared at the Diary of a Rogue Economist, written for Bonner & Partners. Bill Bonner founded Agora, Inc in 1978. It has since grown into one of the largest independent newsletter publishing companies in the world. He has also written three New York Times bestselling books, Financial Reckoning Day, Empire of Debt and Mobs, Messiahs and Markets.
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