A high school friend, very politically conscious, with whom I correspond by email wrote me a couple of days ago. I was going to respond to him by talking about the possibility of Mitt Romney entering the Senate, and whether Romney would act as the supplicant who wanted to be Trump’s Secretary of State, or the neverTrumper that he was during the campaign.
But before i could get that email off, the book Fire and Fury broke into cable news, and my attention shifted to that.
This is the nature of the Trump presidency: we lurch from one topic to another. Trump failed to get Orrin Hatch to stay in the Senate, and what did that mean? Whoops — never mind. Trump is threatening to withdraw aid to Pakistan, and what does that mean? Whoops — never mind. Trump wanted Session to be his Roy Cohn, his protector, against Comey and the Russia investigation. Whoops — never mind. Trump is mentally unstable. Trump forgot who John Boehner was. Trump doesn’t read, bores easily, doesn’t listen to important briefings, has no idea what he’s doing, and by the way eats cheeseburgers in bed at 6:30pm while watching cable TV and he and Melania don’t sleep in the same room and he called Hope Hicks a piece of tail and Sally Yates a cunt.
Honestly, it’s enough to make my head spin. Apparently that’s how Trump likes to function — as the center of chaos, sort of like the eye of the storm that’s battering the east coast right now.
We wouldn’t have tolerated this from any other president — Russia collusion or not. I don’t know why Republicans tolerate it now.
Friend and regular reader Ada asked what we can do. Focus on the 2018 elections. Support Democrats. Give money. Organize. Vote. Trump is doing intolerable damage to the norms and practices of democracy. Getting conservative justices and tax cuts and wiping out environmental regulations are no fair trade-off for that.