One of the peculiarities of the present moment is that a couple or three times a week Donald Trump does or says something that would pretty much destroy a normal presidency, but which seems to have little effect on either his popularity with Republican voters or on the support he’s receiving from elite GOP actors.
We’re running a very interesting social experiment right now, which is to put the executive branch of the government of the world’s most powerful nation in the hands of a narcissistic imbecile with the attention span of a fruit fly, the emotional stability of an over-tired toddler, and the substantive political knowledge of a seventh-grader who didn’t really study for his American Government exam.
A couple of preliminary thoughts on another surreal morning:
(1) This is in many ways a unique situation in at least American political history, so people who confidently opine regarding how it’s all going to turn out can be confidently ignored (These are generally the same people opined there was no chance Trump would get the GOP nomination, and then followed that up by predicting with equal confidence that there was no chance he’d get elected).
I have no idea of if or when GOP voters and/or elites will turn on Trump, but since we’ve never been anywhere like this before nobody else has any idea either.
(2) The good news, such as it is, is that President Dunning-Kruger doesn’t have the faintest idea how inept he is at every facet of his job, so that makes it more likely that he’ll get nothing accomplished, at least in a systematic way. Of course he could get a lot accomplished in a non-systematic way, by for example blowing up the world because he got only one scoop of ice cream on a night when he was in a particularly bad mood. So you could say the glass is half full (of cheap vodka) Stay tuned to find out what happens!
(3) The really bad news is that our political system is now so screwed up that it’s easy to imagine a far more competent version of Trump becoming president, and I expect this will happen relatively soon, assuming there still is a relatively soon after President D-K is done with the four-year (?) run of his latest crappy reality show.