Trump’s own ineffectual intervention in the Speaker ruckus is only one marker of his eroding political powers. His fervent support of Mehmet Oz, Herschel Walker, Adam Laxalt, and Blake Masters for Senate seats banged up at the ballot box. On election night, Fox News, once a staunch ally, labeled it “Biggest Loser Tonight” for poor Republican results. His acid tongue, once corrosive enough to end his enemies’ careers, has turned impotent: his attempt to brand presidential rival Ron DeSantis “Ron DeSanctimonious”. backfired, trumped DeSantis instead the object of derision. In December, he seven year low In his standing with the voters. His disappointing 2024 presidential campaign has only drawn yawns from the press and politicians, setting him up for a disastrous magazine profile Olivia Nuzzi which portrays him as a Norma Desmond-like sad duffer living in past luxuries Sunset Boulevard,
This is not to say that current events have completely fried Trump and put him in the manure. He still commands a core of supporters and an obvious ability to raise funds, so let’s keep his political obituary prewrite bin for now. But every politician is born with the date tattooed on their forehead, and Trump is no exception. If that’s starting to stink of irrelevance for politicians like Boebert and Matt Gaetz, the people who more or less invented them, their political time may be up.
Part of Trump’s downfall is his fault. Why did he have to jump into the speaker’s fight to support such an unreliable and maligned person? Why did he think that a prankster like Walker, an opportunist like Oz, or a barking mallard duck like Masters were bankable Senate candidates? But Trump’s downfall is equally structural. A politician out of office never holds the swathe of a politician in office, no matter how high he once was. As president, Trump could snap the nation with an executive order or a military threat directed at Iran or North Korea, or a cabinet firing, or a live press conference. He could make loyalists by giving them jobs and favors. He could keep them with fear tactics. Today, he has less power to positively direct the national conversation than a late-night talk show host and he scares no one anymore. Other ex-presidents, such as Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, have accepted their declining powers and preserved their influence by only entering battles they know they can win. This basic lesson of politics is yet to reach Trump.
Another reason for Trump’s deterioration lies in the ambitions of others. As long as he was president, Trump had no rival for the White House among Republicans. He was the go-to man. But once Joe Biden toppled him and he lost the crown, other Republican presidential aspirants were freed to exercise their political dreams. He did not need to kill the king. The king having been executed, or at least exiled, should he be freed to trace the old leader to his weaknesses so that he may return. But now, Trump is just in his way, and his personal ambitions outweigh his personal jealousy. So far, the candidates have not directly rebuked Trump like the Gang of 20, but by ignoring him they have signaled that they think their time has passed. Why risk a charge of murder by playing Brutus when you can trust the tide Trump away?
Racist British statesman, “All political lives, unless they are cut short at a happy juncture, end in failure, for that is the nature of politics and of human affairs.” Enoch Powell Seen in 1977. Trump’s end had to come sooner or later. But it’s coming now.
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