While the rest of the country is consumed by reports of what Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has done so far and speculation as to what he might do next,1 let me talk about a different subject: Donald Trump and predictability. During the campaign last year, Donald Trump said that he would be unpredictable as president, which he has been, big time – and that he saw this as a plus:
“I don’t want people to know exactly what I’m doing – or thinking. I like being unpredictable. It keeps them off balance.”
Then-candidate Trump said that a business associate described his unpredictability “as one of my better qualities.” Maybe unpredictability works in one-off business negotiations. Maybe unpredictability gives you an advantage in a particular business deal. But is unpredictability a good thing in government? I wonder.