Everyone loves a winner

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I remember seeing the cover for the first time there on the newsstand and wondering how they had got it right, even before the election was over. And while you cannot tell from the picture, half the magazine was printed with Kennedy at the start and the other half with Nixon, with the print suddenly turning upside down when you got to the staples in the middle. “We were with you all the way, Jack’. So let me give you the relevant passage from Henry V:

From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

At that level, there are no friends (or enemies), only associates. You know the joke, if you want a friend in Washington, buy a dog. It was reading Trump’s twitter feed that made me think of the Henry V passage and the Mad cover.

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 13h13 hours ago
Governor John Kasich of the GREAT, GREAT, GREAT State of Ohio called to congratulate me on the win. The people of Ohio were incredible!

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 14h14 hours ago
Jeb Bush, George W and George H.W. all called to express their best wishes on the win. Very nice!

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 14h14 hours ago
Mitt Romney called to congratulate me on the win. Very nice!

“Very nice!” must be the Trump equivalent of GFYS. But he will not shun their company nor their presence from this time forward. That is not how politics works. If you have power to share and a hand to lend in getting things done, all is forgiven and forgotten (for the moment). But the reality is that Trump will never trust any of them ever again. If you weren’t there on St Crispin’s Day, how much can you be trusted when the tide begins to turn, as in politics it eventually must?

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