We . . . know that the president is unfocused, inarticulate, prone to tantrums like a 5-year-old, incapable of reading a memo that doesn’t have big pictures or graphics on it, that he insults everyone, often explosively, as his mood fits, spends hours watching cable news, tweets like a distracted animal, and has lied and lied so much fact-checkers are close to exhaustion. And we know he is incapable of admitting a lie, issuing a correction, or adjusting to reality. We know he just makes things up all the time. We know all this because we have eyes and ears.
We’ve known it since Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. We’ve known it since Trump lied about the size of the crowd at his inauguration. We’ve known it from the – from before the time – he was a candidate for president. It’s just more corroboration. Perhaps a bit more authoritative; Bob Woodward has very, very rarely gotten the facts wrong in his Pulitzer Prize-winning, 40-year career. But Woodward simply confirms what we already know.
But the thing is, the Republicans who control Congress already know it, too. Fear isn’t going to change their minds. It’s not going to make a single one of them say, “My country and its principles are more important than partisan advantage, I’m voting against Cavanaugh’s confirmation.” It’s not going to make one of them realize, “This man is pissing all over the Constitution and American values and has to be stopped.”
The only thing that will change their minds will be if Trump provokes a political disaster for Republicans this November, if he becomes so toxic that the Republicans lose control of Congress and can see the chances to keeping the Presidency in 2020 are grim. It’s the Republicans’ greed for power that has made them cuddle up to this dumpster fire of a presidency; serious risk to that greed for power is the only thing that will drive them away.
In this sadly gerrymandered, bitterly divided country, that’s going to be hard to do. But if it doesn’t happen, things are only going to get worse.
Voters have to ask themselves, even if they have never voted for a Democrat before, “Are my political goals more important than the future of our democracy?”
The Christianists have already answered that question. They have tacitly agreed to betray everything Jesus stood for to get the courts filled with anti-choice activist judges.
Are the rest of us so craven?
But please excuse WC just now. He’s off to buy a book.
- And will post a book review when finished. ↩