It is clear that Donald Trump is having a blast right now. For someone with a massive ego who loves to be in the limelight, has a gut instinct for what a sizable fraction of the country finds appealing, and does not mind whom he offends, running for president without having to beg people for money is an ideal occupation, especially since he can say whatever he wants and the media will cover him.
But what if he does get elected? Will it be as much fun governing as campaigning? I think not. For one thing, unlike most candidates who make promises that allow for some weasel room, his have been clear and unambiguous and he has assured his supporters that his business background guarantees that he can get all the things done. They will expect him to quickly build a massive wall on the southern border and get Mexico to pay for it. They will expect him to deport every undocumented immigrant in the country and to stop all Muslims and refugees from entering the US.
It is unlikely that he will be able to do any of these things. How will he deal with the howls of rage of his frustrated rabid supporters?
And that will not be the least of his problems. It is clear that Sarah Palin expects to have a high-profile position in his administration. But Trump is no fool and would know that she would be a disaster if she were to be given any responsible position. So what can he offer Palin that will satisfy her ego but her inevitable messing up would not cause serious damage?
That rules out any cabinet position. She has said that she wants to be the Energy Secretary so that she can abolish the department entirely, which would be consistent with her practice of not doing any single thing for long. Trump has said that he would ‘love’ to have her in his administration but I doubt that he will go along with that idea. My bet is that he will offer her an ambassadorship to a country that has high visibility but little strategic value, is used to eccentric politicians with chaotic and scandal-ridden personal lives, and is so friendly with the US that they will not be too offended by being chosen to serve as the dumping ground for her.
So, folks, I present to you the Trump administration’s next ambassador to Italy.
Do readers have any ideas for other possible positions?
Meanwhile one thing we can be sure of is that as long as Sarah Palin is around, Tina Fey will have no lack of opportunities for comedy gigs and this sketch captures the real relationship between Trump and Palin pretty accurately.