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Donald Trump, the necessary unnecessary apprentice

One week from today, his political and electoral services will begin to no longer be required. Here’s why:

After he takes the oath of office, he’ll have done what they needed him to do at the start of his campaign: win back the White House, energize the base and advance the right-wing social agenda.

“Turning your businesses over to your children is what leaders of Banana Republics do,” Ryan wrote. “Americans expect and deserve better from the Trump Administration.”

“The presidential stakes are too high for Mr. Trump to let his family business become a daily political target.”

And the outsider identity Trump used to bull his way into office is actually problematic right now. His scorched-earth style of leadership is antagonistic to the more procedural mechanics of Washington politics. The two don’t mix already.

The longer he remains president under extant conditions, the more long-term damage he will do to the Republican brand, which, regardless of the candlepower of his persona, has always been bigger and more important than one man. The longer he stays in office, the more he institutionalizes the train wreck as the preferred way of getting things done in Washington. And that’s not how things get done in Washington. Not really.

And then there’s what may be the real motive force in all of this, the single best reason why Trump’s time in the White House is likely to be abbreviated. Simply put: He may not really even want the job.

“You’re fired.”

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