Depending on who you are, where your from, or what what you have studied the phrase “100 Days” can mean several things. For myself it usually brings to mind two things. Either the 100 Days campaign that ended with the Battle of Waterloo, or, the First 100 Days of a new Presidential admission. Today it brings both to mind.
For the past week POTUS Trump and his minions have been doing their best to down play the importance of the first 100 days of his administration. With notable lack of success. IMO a major reason for this is that he made such a big point of how much he was going to get done in the first 100 days during the campaign last year. He seemed to be always tell the crowd what he was going to do in the first day or days as President. Now he seems flummoxed that people are remembering what he said.
So why do I also think of the 100 Days Campaign at this time. It is quite simple, let me elucidate. Most people know something about the Battle of Waterloo. If nothing else a metaphor for loosing the final battle. What they forget, or never new, is that Waterloo was the last battle of a campaign that started with the surprise return of Napoleon to France. Of the many things Napoleon promised the French was the return of the Glory of the Empire. I won’t go into the history of how Louis XVIII failed to win over the French, needles to say he did, opening up the door for Napoleon’s return. A shock to the world even greater than the victory of Donald Trump last November. To return the Glory of Empire to France Napoleon had to win, and see to be winning against the enemies of France. The easiest to get to were England and Prussia so he march north and attacked them. He, and his armies won three out of four battles, Ligny, Quatre-Bras, Wavre, and Waterloo. An all we remember is the one he lost, Waterloo.
An why is that? Simple, really, Napoleon had to win every battle, all Wellington and Blucher need to do is not loose. Like Napoleon, Trump must win every political battle and be seen to win. He can not afford to loose, or even have a draw. An why is this? Once more it is basically quite simple, he sold himself to the electorate as the penultimate winner. The businessman who always won, an in away he, Trump, did always win. The problem is way too often his business’ didn’t. That is what his multiple business bankruptcies is all about. Trump seems to have always won but both his business, investors and partners didn’t. Unfortunately the Strategy and Tactics that allowed him to always win in business don’t translate over into politics.
When you promise to get things done, fast, you need more than multiple photo-ops signing executive orders. Those orders have to be something that people see in there everyday lives. When you say you are going to repeal Obamacare the first day as President you have to deliver once you are seen to have put a bill before congress. Not have the bill pulled because your own party in the House can’t muster enough votes to pass it. Finally, you can’t make threats and then not follow thru on them. If you make a public threat, like forcing a government shutdown if funding for you boarder wall is not in the must pass Concuring Resolution this week you can’t just fold you hand when your hand is called.
So, in closing, President Trump needs to be seen to be winning, but more to the point, he must be seen to having an effect in the everyday lives of the electorate. Doing things that big business and big money see is not going to cut the mustard. It is the everyday average Joe who will take down this President an so far he is on track to doing just that.