While it was funny in its own grisly way to see the Trumper telling lies about the coronavirus, talking it down and talking up the prospects of a vaccine, it has to be said that on this one, he is up against it.
He is playing away from home, against the wind, and even he must be wondering if there's any way this game can be rigged. For two reasons in particular, it is alien to him - it involves consideration of the common good on a grand scale, a concept that has no meaning for him. And there's no money in it.
He was trying to look after at least one of the money angles by telling his lies as the Dow plunged, as if he could somehow command the markets to rise again by the sheer force of his dishonesty. But that didn't work, and down it kept going - down down, deeper and down, as Status Quo would have it.
And yet somehow out of this morass, just when it seemed that there was no percentage in it for him, Trump saw the chance to drop Mike Pence in it - by making him the coronavirus czar, he now has the option of Pencey taking the fall for the pandemic, to be replaced on the ticket in November by Nikki Haley.
If there is any need for that… yes, with the Dow flat-lining and a recession kicking in, it may also be drifting into the mind of POTUS that he has been gifted a vaguely legitimate excuse to call off the election altogether. To postpone it for, say, six months, or... you know, whenever...
When Una Healy filled in for Ronan Collins on his radio show last week, there was speculation that Ronan may become the next RTE legend to leave the station for no good reason, save that they have reached a certain age.
And most of the speculators were sad that Ronan might be joining Giles and Dunphy, Mary Kennedy and others who have been replaced in an obviously ageist manner.
But ageism has never really established itself as an enforceable "ism", and anyway there are other bad reasons for this policy - and it seems to be indeed a policy - of discarding people of such distinction and experience.
The main bad reason, is that it reveals an awful lack of imagination. There are people in powerful positions in RTE who are supposed to possess a superior sense of judgment, enabling them to make these crucial decisions about other people's careers with some level of creativity.
Simply keeping an eye on the calendar to check who's time is up next, is not creative. Poor from them.