Most of the fun in politics is the campaigning. In fact, I would say almost all Americans are far more concerned with how their candidate is polling and far less concerned about the shit that happens once they are in office. You’re far more likely to watch a debate than you are to follow up with your elected official to see if he or she kept their promises.
It’s why major political years, especially this one, can be so damn entertaining. And nobody is enjoying the ride more than Donald Trump.
The Republican nominee for president hinted this week that he might not even want to be president, he just wants to “win” it. If he does, he might just walk-away, the ultimate mic drop of our generation, and go play golf in Scotland or something. Completely disrespecting the most highly respected political position in the world in the process.
From The New York Times:
Donald J. Trump is not a traditional candidate for president.
Presented in a recent interview with a scenario, floating around the political ether, in which the presumptive Republican nominee proves all the naysayers wrong, beats Hillary Clinton and wins the presidency, only to forgo the office as the ultimate walk-off winner, Mr. Trump flashed a mischievous smile.
“I’ll let you know how I feel about it after it happens,” he said, minutes before leaving his Trump Tower office to fly to a campaign rally in New Hampshire.
It is, of course, entirely possible that Mr. Trump is playing coy to earn more news coverage. But the notion of the intensely competitive Mr. Trump’s being more interested in winning the presidency than serving as president is not exactly a foreign concept to close observers of this presidential race.
Can you imagine how incredible it would be if this happens? It would be the power move of the century. Nobody on earth wants to be president more than Hillary Clinton, and this would be the most soul-crushing, devastating and humiliating thing to ever happen to a career politician in the history of time.
Being President isn’t fun. I’m sure it has its moments, but it’s like a 24/7 job. And all jobs suck. It’s high stress. You have zero privacy. Look at how gray your hair gets in office. Donald can’t afford to look like that.
But running for president? Now that shit is a great time. Traveling across the country. Going to fancy fundraisers and giving stump speeches. And most importantly, it’s a competition, so you always have a competitive edge to you. It’s a game. You play to win the game. (Thanks, Herm.)
Just the idea that Trump would beat her and then immediately walk-away from the job to pursue other interests is so damn intriguing I might vote for him now just at the off chance that it happens. What would the country do? Who gets to be president if that happens? What do we tell the children!?
The more I think about it, the more I like the idea. We don’t need a president. We need to bask in the chaos. Society is dead. Long live our new reality-TV world. .
[via New York Times]