I was not a regular viewer of Donald Trump’s show, The Apprentice.
I did watch a few of the early episodes.
While “you’re fired” became the most famous tagline, given the current speculation about who will or will not be heading federal departments and be cabinet members, it is how Trump picked the winners that is most interesting to me.
Political observers keep saying that the process is in disarray. Others say how non-traditional it is each New Thing Trump does.
I am surprised that they are surprised.
It’s the corporate model of leadership that Trump knows and practices.
Having watched The Apprentice it feels familiar to me.
On the show Trump would have the team gathered at the table before him and his kids. Then he would have them fighting and blaming each other for any perceived mistakes they had made so that they would be picked or not fired.
Poor Chris Christie.
Kind of like Roman (Republican?) gladiators fighting to the death.
One day the NeoCons want in at the State Department. Then they want out. Then they want in.
In a few cases it will not matter much who wins. Some have expressed horror at the possibility that Michelle Rhee might be head of the Education Department.
But will that be a policy shift from Arne Duncan?
Other choices matter more.
I wouldn’t even want Steve Bannon on a TV show.