Imagine how it looks through the eyes of Donald Trump

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What do you think it’s like inside the head of Donald Trump these days?

Seriously.

Put another way, imagine a megalomaniac, someone fully invested in the image of himself as the greatest thing ever put on the planet. For years he has sold himself as the world’s smartest, strongest, toughest and most virile, and what may have begun as effective showmanship has over time become how he honestly sees himself. Fake it ’til you become it, so to speak, and he’s become it.

Imagine further that at some point, the megalomania becomes so pronounced that our subject decides to, say, run for president of the freaking United States of America, having never run for public office before.

All the experts make fun of him; of course they do, he’s a joke, a caricature! Yet a mere six months after announcing his candidacy, without benefit of campaign ads or handlers or speechwriters, he is by far the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, thousands of adoring fans show up everywhere he goes, those who once publicly sneered at him are begging for his favor and the entire political universe seems to be bending to his will.

Just as he knew it would.

I wonder: What would that kind of validation do to a man already convinced of his own grandeur? What happens to a person who keeps breaking all the rules and keeps being rewarded for it? How would he perceive the next set of rules that he runs up against? I don’t mean those as idle questions.

As a simple matter of physiology, what happens to any human brain that is bathed in that much dopamine, day after day after day? Like repeated, ever-increasing doses of cocaine, it would have to rearrange the neural networks and produce a physical addiction, would it not?

Would such a person still be capable of heeding that little voice whispering in Caesar’s ear, reminding him that he is a mere mortal? What would he do — or more crucially NOT do — to keep the dopamine flowing? And when it stops — not if it stops, but when — how does that narrative arc play out?

As we all know, these are not new issues for presidents, athletes, movie stars and business moguls. Massive egos come with the territory in most cases, and maintaining a sense of balance is often difficult. Some handle it better than others. But from the outside at least, what’s been going on in the inner world of Donald Trump for the last six months seems to dwarf even the experience of the Cam Newtons or Steve Jobs of the world.

Because of course it would.  He’s the Donald.

 

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Caius
Caius

What does being afraid of a tough and/or unfair question from anyone say about an individual? Are people really going to elect a person president who is terrified of being asked a tough question?


And while I am at it, are real Americans going to vote for a real Canadian to be President of the United States?


Plus, are US citizens going to drop the pretense and actually vote for a socialist to be president of a socialist United States?



Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

Did Ben Carson ever drop out, or is he still running?

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

@Nick_Danger 

I think his campaign is currently suspended which

means he is still accepting donations.

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

Politics and government tends to accentuate the divisive

labeling of voters as black, white, hispanic, gay, etc.

which is not good for the country.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@MaryElizabethSings 

The majority of white voters in America did not vote for Obama in either election.  That tells one quite a lot not only about their bias but about America's changing demographics.

Peddling the race-based view again this morning are we? 

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Donnie_Pinko 

I simply stated the facts and the facts speak for themselves, if interpreted correctly.

Btw, Donnie, you should put my words in quotation marks when you repeat them so that readers know when my thoughts are completed and yours begin.

Also, I retract my belief that you are the old LeninTime.  Your styles are actually quite different.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

bu...bu...Bernie's ollllld!

wow mon, how much did they pay for that talky point? how many focus groups?

he's 2 yrs older than Raygun wuz.

what the parasite class is afraid of is medicare for all.

but Today's Republican don't talk straight about anything, hence our term forked tongue - not just a snake metaphor - see, we're deep & complex like that

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

whoa you're committing heresy to the Reagan trolls. To hear them, its the greatest idear since trickle down

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Just think: in a country where anti-communism has been all but the de facto state religion for the better part of a century, an openly 'socialist' candidate is now leading in polls over the establishment candidate. 

This could get really interesting.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Donnie_Pinko 

It shows, at the least, an evolution in Americans' perception of the word "socialist."

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

"Donald Trump Quit Fox News Debate Like Common Sarah Palin" - Wonkette

gotalife
gotalife

I for one feel much safer with home guarders.

gotalife
gotalife

Perhaps murdoch will kiss his az.

breckenridge
breckenridge

HOME GUARD ASSEMBLE!!!...

Here's your chance you old bootstrappy wingnuts.... It's not too late...


A conundrum to be sure.  On the one hand, the pull of Oregon like a mighty magnet. On the other hand, their core mission - keeping the Big Chicken safe from all terror threats, both foreign and domestic - requires them to stay home.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@breckenridge It's pretty cold up there in the high Oregon plains.  That counts for something with their ilk.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

who's in charge of bringing snacks this time dammit? you don't have to worry bout snacks while guarding the Big Chicken, so this will be a stretch for them

gotalife
gotalife

Did ailes and trump kiss and make up like last time yet?

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

Roger Ailes, head of Fox News, is a former Nixon staffer and

longtime Republican establishment member. Like National Review

Fox has decided to try to destroy Trump. Megyn Kelly is a pawn 

in the power play.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

Megyn Kelly tries to be a ball buster whose question to Trump at the first debate was over the line and inappropriate.

Whether intentional or not, it was interpreted by some on the Right as Fox's buy-in to partner with the Republican establishment to keep Trump from the race.

I also think it marked a turning point on how Conservatives think of Fox - still watch, prefer them to other outlets, but no longer trust them and think of them as establishment instead of somewhat neutral.

No one really knows Trump's objective for skipping the debate. It may be much more than Megan Kelly.

But personally, I think he is making a mistake.

I can still accept Trump as the nominee, but prefer Cruz and could bite my lip and pull the lever for Rubio - immigration is his load stone.

Meanwhile, Hillary twists in the wind and the Left remains in denial.

TBS
TBS

Then you must be the exception to that rule

honested
honested

@JohnnyReb 

'marked a turning point on how conserrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrvatives think of Faux'....

Is there a less reliable outlet immediately available for the low information crowd to rally round?

How oversimplified does life have to be for these people?

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@honested @JohnnyReb you really need to educate yourself on the opposition.

People who watch FOX and listen to talk radio are far from being low information voters.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@JohnnyReb Says someone who watches FOX and listens to talk radio tell him that they are THE TRUTH!

Heh.  Self-aware you ain't.

honested
honested

@JohnnyReb @honested 

Really?

They probably have the most inaccurate and distorted world view of anyone among us.

They (by a far greater margin) assign authority to non-existent beings.

They have a much more distorted view of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

How on earth is that anything but 'low information' since BAD INFORMATION is worse than low information.

goat diddler
goat diddler

"Somewhat neutral"... heh...

Now THAT'S too phun-knee...

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