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The dismaying thought is that "we" knew all this about the joker when he was just still the joke-candidate we thought would go down in flames. Mobbed-up? Y'think a casino scamster and NYC real-estate-grifter? Credulous and stupid? Birthers, anyone? Greedy egomaniac? What, nobody else read Spy back in the Eighties, when Donnie was the butt of every New York glitterati joke?

Of COURSE he runs the White House like a cheap cut-rate, small-time mob outfit, a downmarket Sopranos. Of COURSE he's grifting the Presidency, just like he's grifted everything from steaks and vodka to real-estate.

The MOST dismaying thing is that there's about 35-40% of the country that's just fine with that. They LIKE having this cheap-ass punk crook in the Oval Office because he's them - cheap, nasty, stupid, gullible, vicious...all the things they'd be if they were where he is.

And the GOP knows that. They know that their "policies" - primarily the Gilded Age plutocracy that is the beating heart of the Republican ethos - is violently unlikeable to anyone not part of the 1%. So they have to rely on the mobster values Trump represents; greed, stupidity, racism..."assholery" to give it a generic name. Because they're cobbled this coalition of mean-spirited Jesus freaks, racists, morons, plutocrats that have only "asshole" as a common thread.

So, yes. They'll ensure that he survives. He could, as he boasted, shoot someone on Fifth Avenue. They can't afford to let him go down. So he'll survive.

This nation as an actual democratic republic, a nation of "equal justice under law"?

Probably not.

joel hanes

I think he's going down and we'll have President* Pence before this time next year, because:
1. As Trump feels more threatened, he becomes more unhinged, in ways that get progressively harder to ignore or hide. What a difference one week has made! There are more weeks to come.
2. Giuliani is a damned fool.
3. There are transcripts of other conversations on that inappropriate secure server.
4. The public is turning against him, and by extension against those who have been protecting him.
5. There's a chance that his tax records will be disclosed. They must be damning, judging by how hard he's fought to keep them secret. There's an IRS whistleblower that Neal has unaccountably been slow-walking.

The Rs will eventually be faced with either throwing Trump under the bus, as they did Nixon, or being wiped out in 2020. (I cannot predict what Trump would do if McConnell told him that he must resign for the good of the party.)

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