Donald Trump ran for president as our first reality-show candidate.
He positioned himself, early and often, as the Republican primary's villain, the guy who wasn't there to make friends, the one you "love to hate."
He stepped back from some of this in the general election, but he did, notably, manufacture a reality show-style cliffhanger in the third debate over whether he would accept the outcome of the election (back when most thought he would lose), and there was a brief hope on the part of some liberals that cut footage from "The Apprentice" would surface and tank Trump's chances.
Now, however, he's actually going to be president. Surely he'll drop the reality show shtick as he moves toward governing, right?
Of course not! If anything, the way in which he's picking his Secretary of State — by establishing a "top four" pool of candidates, then putting them through assorted "challenges" (like a dinner with rumored candidate Mitt Romney) — is even more like a reality show, if a frustratingly opaque one, which the American people don't get to see the ins and outs of.
Newt Gingrich even drew a direct comparison in a quote given to the New York Times: "In a lot of ways, what you're seeing is the continuation of techniques and lessons he learned from doing what was, at one time, the No. 1 TV show."
(Sidebar: Though Trump often claims "The Apprentice" was "TV's number one show," it never actually was among all viewers, except for a handful of episodes at a time. The highest it rose in the season-ending Nielsen ratings was 7th.)