‘Celebrity Deathmatch’ Comes to Washington, DC

Newt Gingrich was the Republican front-runner to be President of the United States. The year was 2012, and Mr. Gingrich led a sizable field of Republicans vying for their party’s nomination. He was subsequently swamped by negative media and his candidacy fell by the wayside. But Newt is the type of person who learns from such experiences. It is no wonder, then, that one of the first people Donald Trump consulted regarding his own candidacy for the presidency was Mr. Gingrich.

Mr. Trump and Mr. Gingrich are individuals skilled at taking broken things and finding ways to make them work again. Mr. Gingrich did so as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 1990s, delivering the balanced federal budget that Bill Clinton still loves to claim credit for. Newt would have done the same as president; alas, that was not to be. He is, however, especially well positioned to understand President-elect Trump, and what makes the man tick.

That is why Newt’s essay regarding ‘Trumpism’ is so important. Read it, and you’ll be far along in understanding two very important things. First, what to expect from the incoming Trump Administration, which will be all about taking things apart so as to rebuild them, and in the process, making them more efficient and affordable. Mr. Trump is, after all, a builder. He builds coalitions as well as large buildings. He’s a brilliant tactician and a practical business man. Quite different from the man currently flailing in the White House.

Which brings us to the second important thing, which is that the next four to eight years will witness an existential struggle between the federal government’s old bureaucratic order and … something entirely new. The threat of ‘Trumpism’ explains why President Obama and the Democrat party are behaving in such a peevish and undignified manner, doing all they can to block and delegitimize Mr. Trump’s presidency before he even takes the oath of office (these are many of the same people, hypocrites all, who demanded we fall in line to support Mr. Obama’s fledgling presidency eight years ago).

As I’ve said before, the Trump Era will be the most exciting in domestic American politics since the presidency of Ronald Reagan. It will be lively, highly animated and get very ugly, as combatants fight dirty, taking no political prisoners; reminiscent of the old MTV claymation series, Celebrity Deathmatch (in which Donald Trump actually appeared — he won). Existential struggles on such a grand scale have a tendency to do that.

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