I don’t know how many folks caught vice President elect Pence’s offhanded remark about Dick Cheney serving as his vice presidential role model. I would take that to mean that he expects to be the real power behind the throne just as Cheney was to Bush in Bush’s first term, which would make sense.
Trump is only a hard worker when it comes to grandstanding on behalf of his brand. He is way out of his depth as nuts and bolts, hands on president, but as a Republican PR stunt /propagandists he is perfect.
Trump can relentlessly babble populist nonsense and pander a bit to the alt-right while Pence, Ryan and McConnell run the nation’s business as they see fit. As long as Trump is allowed to bask in the trapping and glory of the office of president that should kept him quite happy — maybe.
In other words Trump’s words can function as a smokescreen to blind the masses that voted for him while the Republican establishment quietly goes about its work of screwing average citizens. You know, like cutting taxes and creating subtle tax loopholes and granting special privileges to their super rich benefactors.
Now of course this is the best outcome of a Trump presidency — the old President Ulysses S. Grant style of governance. The other option is that “The Donald” teams up with domestic and international alt-rights and turns America into a full-blown police state. Either way is bad news for regular Americans down the road.