I looked in on the Celebrity Apprentice [ www.nbc.com/The_Celebrity_Apprentice ]this week. Just as I reported here a few weeks ago, Omorosa was continuing to destroy her team. I have to say that she is a master at playing the "ends off the middle." Her team members have finally correctly assessed her to be "a cancer eating away at the team's ability to function 'as a team'." Actually their assessment was a lot "kinder" than the one provided earlier by the men [see Celebrity Train Wreck 1/03/08].
The big mystery to me is if they can see this, why on earth is she still there? I can understand "the Donald" keeping her in order to boost his ratings. After all, everyone "loves to hate someone." Clearly her job is to be a good "foil." However, her team members themselves have no excuse. No wonder why they are losing.
Since Trump has divided up the celebrity teams by sex, the women have been getting trounced. When asked why they keep losing, Marilu Henner provided an insightful answer. Ironically her reply can also be viewed as the key to this year's Democratic primary. She explained that the women were good "workers." If there's a job to do, they do it. Period. The men however have a different asset[aside from considerably more star power]. They have "vision."
Isn't that what this election boils down to? Competence vs. vision? Clinton vs. Obama. My problem is we need both. Vision alone is like a two-legged stool. It's destined to fall. If you don't know how to handle the reins of power, even the best vision will fail. On the other hand, even if you know "what to do," it's difficult to motivate and change an uninspired populace.
One of the keys to Dick Cheney's amazing clout [aside from the fact that in 2000 and again in 2004, we elected a President in need of adult supervision] was that he knew exactly where and how to use the levers of power. More importantly, he knew how to do it without leaving "a long trail of breadcrumbs" behind. That gave him an enormous amount of influence without any of the responsibility. One thing we have learned from these past 8 years is that we want a President who will be fully accountable and that requires competence. Otherwise as just a visionary, you are forced to delegate work to others including work that as the President of the most powerful nation in the world, should be yours alone. That is a clear part of George W. Bush's "legacy."
As for Omorosa, I say "kick her off the island"...Manhattan Island that is!