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Jonathan Bernstein

'Wag the Dog' for the Age of Trump

Maybe a distracted president isn't such a bad thing, if the distractions keep him and his fans happy.
The movie guide to governing.

The movie guide to governing.

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Donald Trump will come into office knowing little about government policies and probably caring less about most of them. But he's going to want to stage an impressive opening number or two, to let everyone know who's the star of this show. The combination of uninformed and uninterested, but still ambitious and aggressive -- does that sound like potential trouble?   

If so, here's a different question. How can we insure that the new president feels he's getting his way often enough to keep him satisfied without creating disaster on the actual policies?