Are there any guiding principles that can make sense of the sensational news that now overwhelms the senses seemingly every hour?
What is common to blaring headlines about the
There are a few subtexts to all these spectacles, scandals and melodramas.
First, those in power had never imagined that
That reality emboldened federal employees to take risks and step over the line in efforts to ensure that Trump would be humiliated at the polls. Officials assumed that incoming President
FBI kingpins such as
Had Clinton won the presidency, we would have absolutely no knowledge of any prior misconduct at the FBI, the
Second, both the Democratic and Republican establishments, as well as the proverbial "deep state" bureaucracy, agreed that
The idea that any means necessary were justified by the noble ends of destroying Trump explains everything from the anonymous op-ed in the New York Times detailing formal
Third, had Trump simply failed, as predicted, there would be far less frenzy. His Democratic opponents and many in his own party would have quietly found ways to remove him.
But instead, the economy is booming in a way previously unseen in the 21st century, with near-record-low unemployment and stock market highs. The economy is growing faster than it has in years. Domestic energy production is also hitting record highs.
Abroad, the furor has quietly subsided following Trump's decisions to cancel the
Trump helped crush the
The general media consensus was that because Trump was so crude, he was therefore incompetent. That assumption proved a fallacy. Instead, furor ensued over the general upswing in the country under a supposedly incompetent president.
Fourth, if Trump could not be removed by impeachment, a lawsuit citing the Emoluments Clause of the
That explains the growing hysteria in the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings and the attempted delays in confirming lower-court justices, as well as the frenzy around the November midterms.
Fifth, Trump did not follow the examples of
Republican politicos had more or less accepted the fact that, while successful at the local and state level,
In contrast, Trump's raison d'ĂȘtre is to fight tooth and nail against a biased media, Democratic opponents, never-
The day's blaring headlines, of course, differ in details. But the common themes behind the headlines are that Trump should never have been president, that he is an inexplicably successful ogre, and that he won't shut up -- and therefore he must be forced to go away by any means necessary.