Zippidy Doo Dah

The President recently “explained his belief that the Department of Justice on principle ought to cover up crimes by the president and his administration.” For that reason and others, 2018 Will Be a Fight to Save Democracy.

Fortunately, however, Trump’s fight against democracy will be handicapped by his severe mental impairment, that is, if he continues to exhibit the traits shown in recent days:

He didn’t process information in any conventional sense. He didn’t read. He didn’t really even skim. Some believed that for all practical purposes he was no more than semi-­literate. He trusted his own expertise ­— no matter how paltry or irrelevant — more than anyone else’s. He was often confident, but he was just as often paralyzed, less a savant than a figure of sputtering and dangerous insecurities, whose instinctive response was to lash out and behave as if his gut, however confused, was in fact in some clear and forceful way telling him what to do. It was, said [former deputy chief of staff Katie] Walsh, “like trying to figure out what a child wants.”

We may also be grateful, I think, for the split with Steve Bannon. Those inclined to follow Trumpism/Bannonism are still out there, looking for leadership. I don’t count Bannon out, by any means—particularly since, when the Russian shit hits the fan, Bannon may be telling his posse not to believe Trump’s nonsense. That will confuse ‘em.

And last week we read that Iowa went big for Trump, but there are signs its voters are souring on the president. Political consultants, we are told, are scratching their heads in wonderment, at a total loss to explain what is going on.

Political consultants, here’s a clue: after a year of Trump, could it be that it is becoming clear—even to those of the meanest intelligence, even to those of the most offensive views—that their Dear Leader is nothing more than a perpetual bullshit machine?