...and go back in history to: 9 days ago. Because Amanda Marcotte has caught up with Laura Ingraham:
The Fox News host admitted that voters could reject Trump if he runs again. https://t.co/9rY7OqdCJJ— HuffPost (@HuffPost) August 16, 2022
He's a black hole that absorbs all attention with his relentless criminality and narcissistic antics. It's alarming in most ways, especially the cult-like hold he has over his followers. But it has one silver lining: While Trump and his followers obsess about an imaginary "deep state," they're not paying attention to what Democrats are actually doing. From the drunk uncle posting on Facebook to the Fox News punditry to Republican leadership in Congress, GOP energies are all sucked up by making excuses for Trump's crimes. They don't have a lot left in the tank after that to raise much of a fuss about student loan forgiveness, green energy, or gun control.It didn't use to be this way. Republicans used to be extremely good at whipping their base into a frenzy of opposition against Democratic policies, even ones most of these voters would benefit from. They knew how to create enough noise to keep Republican politicians in line and peel off enough cowardly Democratic support, killing all manner of progressive legislation.
All stories grow dull over time. All agitations lose their edge. Hitler rallied the Germans against the Jews, the Russians, the rest of the world; but even Hitler's generals finally realized he was a danger, and tried several times to kill him.
By the end, Hitler didn't have a lot left in the tank, either.
Which is just to say all endeavors at making people do what they really don't want to do, eventually come to an end. Trump's schtick, seemingly new and exciting to the punditry and the press, especially since he won! (the punditry and the press always love a winner, far longer than the public does), actually wore out in less than four years. Trump was driving nails into his political coffin from Election Day to Inauguration Day. He just couldn't help but make it worse, because in the end it wasn't a schtick, it was who he was. And who he was began to wear out its welcome with everybody.
Trump has cycled through so many excuses for why he had boxes and boxes of highly classified materials in the office closet and basement of his hotel:
Yeah, this "high security" facility...
There is a tunnel in Mar-A-Lago that gives access to the ocean:— The Intellectualist (@highbrow_nobrow) August 25, 2022
"A student gained access to Donald Trump's Florida residence while the president was staying at the property after sneaking through a tunnel leading from a nearby beach." (2018)
NR's critique of Trump is begrudging, but even they can't understand what he was doing or why he was doing it, and that means there's no excuse for it.
"Meantime, some unsolicited advice to the former president and his apologists: If you are trying not to get indicted, the best defense is usually not a good offense. And it is never an offense that backfires." https://t.co/Lkp1SdwYDR— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 25, 2022