Considering the Positioning of the Pieces on Trump’s Chess Board


In her weekly Wall Street Journal column, Peggy Noonan may have written one of the more important paragraphs of the past couple of weeks:

[President Trump] was duly and legally elected by tens of millions of Americans who had legitimate reasons to support him, who knew they were throwing the long ball, and who, polls suggest, continue to support him. They believe the press is trying to kill him. “He’s new, not a politician, give him a chance.” What would it do to them, what would it say to them, to have him brusquely removed by his enemies after so little time? Would it tell them democracy is a con, the swamp always wins, you nobodies can make your little choices but we’re in control? What will that do to their faith in our institutions, in democracy itself?

Not only Trump’s hardcore supporters, but also many who’ve watched his advance with more than a little trepidation (including yours truly) see a concerted effort — an establishment coup, not unlike the classic military coup, in its way — at play and will not respond to his ouster with a collective “oh, well,” but with something more like, “oh, hell.”  As in: “This is going to require more violence than we thought.”

As politicians leap or ease into normalizing rapid-fire impeachment proceedings and as journalists allow their liberal leanings to carry them into treating the coup as a reasonable political activity, they ought to consider whether this, rather than the temporary reality of the person occupying the White House, might, just maybe, be the most important consequence of their actions.

Of course, Noonan is an insider, and so she’s not willing to dismiss the insiders’ gathering wisdom that knocking The Donald out of office might still be worth doing.  I’m not one of those who believes that Donald Trump is playing multi-dimensional chess, but Noonan & Co. should consider the strategic lay of the land.  Consider:

A mystery: Why is the president never careful? He doesn’t act as if he’s picking his way through a minefield every day, which he is. He acts like he’s gamboling through safe terrain. Thus he indulges himself with strange claims, statements, tweets. He comports himself as if he has a buffer of deep support. He doesn’t. Nationally his approval numbers are in the mid to high 30s.

It was central to his appeal — and, I’d say, one of the truths upon which he’s stumbled — that this minefield isn’t actually real.  That it’s a political illusion.  He can’t capitulate on that point, or he’ll usher in the next escalation from his base, rather than remain protected by it.

Noonan imagines the GOP establishment marching in to the Oval Office and demanding that Trump get real (in a political sense).  If he does that, his game is over.  And the important point is that his game isn’t a game to people (like yours truly) who aren’t going to stand by and be ruled.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    He was hired to drain the swamp. Perhaps no one truly realized the depth and breadth of the swamp. Are they out to “get him”? I think so. I expected this, I am not distressed.

  • #RI4Trump

    Thanks for this, it’s how I feel.

  • Mike678

    Establishment Republicans fear Trump because he wants them to cut the Federal gov’t. Many “Republicans” resist as they have grown comfortable being slightly right of the Dems to avoid getting excoriated by our left-biased, somewhat hysterical media. You are correct–if Trump gives in to the media and establishment Republicans, it’s over. If the people who voted for Trump to “drain the swamp” feel their voice is muzzled, you will hear them in a different forum.

  • Raymond Carter

    If he really wants to shake things up he should cut the military industrial complex in half and commute all drug offenders sentences. Democrats would be crapping their pants.

  • Honesty Broker

    Trump drained the swamp and reloaded with toxic waste.

    Anyone who can’t see that Trump is handing America over to the wealthy and corporate America is delusional.

    His whole administration is corrupt and he alienates our allies and embraces thugs. He has turned the White House into a money-maker for his family – which ultimately impacts National Security

    How many more secrets is he going to give away? (yes I know he has the right to, but where does that stop?)

    If any Democrat did one tenth of the things Trump is doing, the Republicans would be staffing up dozens of committees to looking into everything under the sun – and they would claim it is because they love America. They would be screaming impeachment and jail time.

    Of course the Republican establishment doesn’t love America – they love their party and they love getting money from the wealthy to push the wealth agenda.

    • Mike678

      Sure-we are all delusional and you are not. Posts like this reduce your credibility.

      • Honesty Broker

        Could you please elaborate? What in my statement is wrong?

        • Mike678

          Sweeping generalizations are the sign of poor thinking/logic. You use them a lot.

          “His whole administration is corrupt” is a good example. Simple-minded tripe bolstered by bias, ignorance, and hate. Both the Obama Administration and the current administration have their fair share of tools, but not all are “corrupt.”

          I look forward to the proof that “His whole administration is corrupt.” ‘Honesty Broker’.

          • Honesty Broker

            so says the supreme grand master of sweeping generalizations, poor thinking, and poor thought.

            BUT you are right!!!!! – I meant “His whole cabinet is corrupt”.

            Even with the corruption whittled down to his cabinet it is also STILL fair to mention President Obama’s cabinet. Eric Holder really should have put a whole bunch of Wall Street thugs in jail (instead he left them all for your hero Trump to pick from when staffing up his billionaire cabinet).

          • Mike678

            So, no proof, just opinion unsupported by facts. Yet my pointing out your ignorance makes me ignorant? Superb logic! Still waiting for the facts/proof to back your assertion….but perhaps you have little but bias, frustration and anger. That’s a lot for a small man to bear…you have my sympathy.

          • Honesty Broker

            Man you are just loaded with insults!!!

            I notice you throw the same insults at anyone who calls you out. I think it’s really cute that you tell everyone else THEY are angry – too funny!

            What ignorance? Are you clinging to the Administration vs. Cabinet thing?

            Anyway – stop watching “tin foil hat news” and learn something.