I asked a hypothetical of some friends over the weekend: if you had to choose, which would be best for the country/world: President Trump or President Palin?
There are few tougher questions (Some of my friends are still catatonic). In the end, I leaned ever so slightly towards Palin. Trump is a wildcard in many areas, due mostly to his inconsistencies. But his tough/thuggish approach and bombastic hyperbole suggests an extremely chilling presidency. Not that Palin is great in this regard, but I think I’d take a Cheney/Bush-esque Justice Department (a pattern I think Palin’s regime would follow) over an ostensibly heavy-handed Trump-directed one.
In terms of foreign policy, I think Palin’s approach would be much weaker, but less likely to cause ruin and disaster on a global scale. Both, IMHO, would be anxious to use force in negotiations or otherwise, but Trump seems to imply that it would be a defining characteristic of his approach. It strikes me that Palin would be very weak on the global stage whereas Trump woudl be more inclined to follow a Putin-like path.
Supreme Court nominations would be interesting. Palin is weaker here, as it’s likely she’d pick a right-wing extremist over a more mainstream conservative (Justice Beck anyone?). Trump has more experience vetting candidates for high-profile positions, so it would be my faint hope that he’d apply that to picking a justice. My fear would be that he’d pick worse than Palin in hopes of appeasing his vitriolic base.
Either way, it’s not a clear choice.
Oh, no fair fighting the hypothetical with “Palin because she’d quit after a month” type answers or pointing out that she’s not on any ballots (just tell yourself that Trump chose her as a running mate “so America could make the right choice this time” and became undramatically incapacitated the morning after the election).
You can define ‘best’ as the least bad or actually the best (if you have similar leanings to the two), but whichever you choose, understand that you—and your families—will have to live with the choice (no hoping for a quick nuclear option so you don’t have to care).
It’d be interesting to hear from those on the right who either supported one or the other or whose policy preferences are more in alignment with the two of them than the board’s liberals.
So, President Palin or President Trump?