The thing is: Never Trump is over. Never Trump was about the GOP primary and the general election, not the presidency. The Left wants to claim it must be a permanent movement, denying the legitimacy of Trump’s election forever, or we were never serious. Well, that’s not what we — or at least I — signed up for. But you know what is alive and well? Always Trump. These are the folks who think Trump must be defended and celebrated no matter what he does or says. In fairness, some of these people are still auditioning for jobs in the administration and know they must follow the rhetorical principle of “not one step backward.” But others are just normal Americans who love Trump and think that I’m somehow duty-bound to say I love him too, no matter what he does. Well, I didn’t sign up for that either. Whenever I say this, someone shrieks at me about my “arrogance” or “hubris” — for reasons I truly cannot fathom. But I’ll say it again: I’m going to call ’em like I see ’em and wait and see if I was wrong about Trump. So far, I’ve said that most of his cabinet picks have been a pleasant and welcome surprise.
Within about 3 months, the only even nominal opposition to Trump from anyone of any influence within the Republican Party will be in Glenn Greenwald’s imagination.
If Trump had lost, it would have made writing the Trump chapter of the second edition of Liberal Fascism: I’m Rubber and You’re Glue a hell of a lot easier.
Here’s a good test for the Republicans who opposed Donald Trump because they saw him as a threat to democracy: Will they also condemn the Republican power grab going on right now in North Carolina?
Hahahahahahahahaha no. Indeed, the fact that attacks on democratic norms are utterly mainstream Republican practice is one reason the party will find Trump as easy to wear as the new Armani suit that was crucial to conducting foundation business.