I can’t keep up with it, says Colm O’Regan.
I’m hoping to binge on it later when I get a chance but people keep releasing spoilers about who the latest casualty is. There’s no doubt, this season of Game of Trumps is probably the most implausible, bloody and fast moving. (We’re in season 39 now.)
I feel like you could turn on American news channels and annoy the loved one next to you - who’s up to date on the box-set - by asking those basic questions you once asked them about Lost:
“Who’s he now?
“The new White House Chief of Communications.”
“What happened to the other guy?
“He said the Chief Strategist was trying to auto-fellate.”
“And who’s that guy?”
“That’s John Kelly. The new Chief of Staff.”
“What happened the old Chief of Staff?”
“He was fired because the old Chief of Communications said he was paranoid.”
“Why is new guy called The Adult?”
“He has some basic qualifications on how to do the job and hasn’t made any basic errors or told a barefaced lie in the last week.”
What strikes me about ‘Whatever The Latest Twist Is, By the Time You Read This’-gate is the level of incompetence. It would be hard to contend that Trump knows how to do his job. And neither did half the people he hired. As in, they hadn’t a clue. He picked a communications director who didn’t understand the principle of saying “this is off the record, right?” I mean like, I’d say that to the fella knocking on the door looking for scrap metal or discarded spare wheels, never mind in a rant to a New York journalist.
Maybe supporters of ‘unorthodox’ people like Trump hope that they, by their very naivety, can cut through the stuff-shirt bullshit and obfuscation and get at the truth that has been hidden all these years. Perhaps they think it’ll be a bit like Tom Hanks in Big when he’s in the boardroom telling the shiny suited exec his skyscraper robot toy is a crock of shite. Yes the Trump administration - unless The Adult gets a hold of things - is a bit like Tom Hanks in Big, but only if Tom Hanks knew shag-all about toys and then sacked everyone in the boardroom, bankrupted the company, sexually assaulted the love interest, Susan, and had never been a child in the first place.
Incompetence is not a crime in itself. I’m sure many of us found ourselves in jobs we’re not qualified and probably not able to do - (see a worrying percentage of my life’s work for reference.) The problem in Trump’s case is he may suffer from the Dunning-Kruger effect. People who are so ignorant that they don’t even know they’re ignorant. It’s named after Dunning and Kruger who were two psychologists - (in case you thought it was a wedding in Foxrock) who said that some people of low ability have a cognitive bias that their ability as greater than it is.
What I would give for that kind of affliction. Think of all you’d get done without worrying that you’d get things wrong, paralysed by indecision or the consequences when the worst that could happen is that you’d end up in the White House.
And even if you don’t get that far, experience in this country has shown that once you get beyond a certain level you never really suffer for your incompetence.
You just get a pension or a job in Europe. Which leaves plenty of time for catching up on Game of Trumps. If that show is still running by then.
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