From Charlie Sykes, in my inbox this morning:
Two things can be true at the same time.
- Donald Trump has gone full Mad King, raging against his enemies and plotting a military-like coup. There is also a non-zero chance that he will refuse to leave the White House on January 20. Scary, but….
- He is losing.Trump’s world his imploding around him as his presidency ends in disgrace. You can see the insiders edging toward the exits.
Every day now brings a new humiliation.
There is no longer the remotest possibility that any court is going to overturn the votes of any state.
Not a single legislature is going to vote to disenfranchise its state’s voters.
The military is not going to obey any order to impose martial law.
There is a zero chance that Congress will overturn the Electoral College on January 6.
As our friend Windsor Mann observes, Trump is now shedding loyalists. [Those mentioned: Bill Barr, pat Robertson, Mitch McConnell, and Vladimir Putin, who “have all bailed on Trump in the past week.”] …
We have reached the endgame where Trump is simply too crazy for the crazy; he is demanding too much loyalty from all but the most completely deranged and corrupt.
Consider Bill Barr, the man who Trump once thought would be his Roy Cohn.
Trump may have thought he was throwing Barr under the bus last week, but yesterday the once loyal lapdog turned around and dropped the whole damn bus on his former boss. In a press conference worthy of years of study by historians, political scientists, and psychologists, the defenestrated AG said that (1) He is not going to appoint a special counsel to investigate election fraud. (2) He sees no reason to appoint a special counsel to look into Hunter Biden. (3) He believes there is “no basis” to seize voting machines on a massive scale. (4) Contra Trump, he said the massive computer hack “appears to be the Russians.”