Who wants to be president?

Or, more to the point: why would anybody want the job?
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The Iowa debacle didn’t surprise me. Maybe its an omen.

The morning after the last pre-Iowa Democratic debate, James Freeman of the WSJ asked: Doesn’t anybody want to be President?

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Freeman opined:

Six competitors took the stage at the Democratic presidential debate, but  nobody wanted to compete.

Given a final opportunity to challenge rivals before Democrats begin selecting the party’s nominee, the candidates looked just as bored as the television viewers who were treated to stale recitations of campaign talking points.

The reasonable conclusion is that both of America’s major political parties will be relying on Donald Trump to drive turnout in November.

I think Freeman may be selling Bernie short — that guy wants the job — but he’s on the right track.

In fact, I’d reframe the question and broaden it beyond the Dems roster of candidates.

For the the life of me, I can’t understand why anybody — including Donald J. Trump — would want the job rolling into 2021.

Here’s my thinking…

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The economy has been el fuego for almost a decade … the stock market is in the stratosphere ..  unemployment is at all-time lows, etc.

Gotta think that the odds of a slowdown are increasing.

Who wants to go down in history as the president who ended the economic boom?

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The world is a chain of tinderboxes these days.

While things in the Middle East and Korea are quiet for now.

But, that may be the calm before the storms.

Who want’s to be Commander-in-Chief if one of these global tinderboxes ignites?

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Bottom line: I see more potential downsides than upsides.

That should dampen any aspirant’s motivation.

I’m even a bit surprised that Trump doesn’t just declare victory and ride off into the sunset … and, let some other jabrone take the reins.

Maybe it’s just ego … maybe he likes the insulation of being a non-indictable sitting president. Whatever.

But to my point, why would anybody want the job?

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One Response to “Who wants to be president?”

  1. Deepak Gupta Says:

    Its all about power.. once you are used to it, you don’t think rationally.

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