I finally had enough relatively free time in one evening to knock back the rest of it. I only got a little more than halfway through in a week and a half, that’s when I bought the Kindle edition.
The reason I wanted to read it is because I want to get inside his head and see if I can discern some sort of ulterior motive or less than above board agenda in his running for President. All the conventional explanations that involve an explanation other than “he really wants the job” don’t hold dihydrogen monoxide. The problem in this case is that “his head” at the time he wrote this book was the “him” of 1987, when he was 41 years old, just three years older than I am right now. Since then, another 28 years have gone by, and shrinking Trump’s 69-year old head might be a whole lot different than shrinking his 41-year old head. Almost 70 is a lot different than just past 40.
But, just going on this old information, he’s not being disingenuous at all by running for President. If he didn’t want to be President, he wouldn’t run, and in fact, his natural tendency is to lean on the power of negative thinking. But, once he does dedicate himself to something, he finds more excitement in the deal making, the negotiation, the salesmanship of big things, than he does the actual product of the deal.
He’s running for President because he’s trying to swing the ultimate deal with the most difficult crew on the other side of the table. The Presidency, and the American electorate, respectively. Anything else he can accomplish in the real estate world or the business world would seem anticlimactic, so there’s only one thing left that would jazz him.
He also sorta gets off on hostile corporate takeovers, and I think he thinks he’s doing a hostile takeover of the Republican Party. Judging from the tone of his newfound political opponents, they are also interpreting what he is up to in that way. Just as he might have thought that fill in the blank international hotel chain is full of managers that are simultaneously incompetent, corrupt, bought off, and never held accountable to anyone for it, so it was time to start buying lots of its stock, he very likely has the same feelings about today’s Republican Party. But, instead of buying stocks, he’s hustling for Republican primary and caucus votes.
Some fear that because he is used to the business world, and in Trump’s case, the kind of business where he’s free from sclerotic corporate bureaucratic red tape, because the Trump Organization is a privately held corporation and not publicly traded, that he might get a culture shock if he makes the lateral move to politics where bureaucratic red tape is everybody’s life blood. But even the just past 40 Donald Trump had a whole lot of experience with negotiating with difficult personalities, including New York City government under Ed Koch; I don’t think D.C. would really be a hard transition for him.