Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The disaster of trying to govern by bravado
Lawrence O'Donnell had a stunning piece on Trump and Schwartzenegger in his show last night May 17, on MSNBC. He argued that both shared the illusion that governing is easy, and all you have to do is come into office and be a tough guy and problems will magically be solved. O'Donnell brilliantly predicted in early March the day on which Trump would drop out, and why. In this piece, he shows how Schwartzenegger said he could easily handle California's debt and deficit by his toughness—and the fact is that they doubled under his reign. The tragedy, as O'Donnell highlights, is that half of the country is deceived by this "governing is easy you just have to be tough" nonsense. My question is, why do Democrats let them get away with it? They should be combated with relentless facts and searing ridicule, such as came Trump's way.