It was clear from the moment Donald Trump was elected president that 2017 would go down in history as one of the worst years ever in American politics.
It is now ending on an even worse note: with the president wandering off into dangerous non compos mentis territory as the consequences of his incompetence become increasingly manifest, and as the law closes in on him, his family, and the scoundrels who run the government for him.
Then there are the House and Senate Republicans outdoing even themselves in depraved indifference to the public good.
And there are their Democratic rivals, pusillanimous as ever, self-righteously rebranding themselves as defenders of sexual propriety and virtue.
Their idea, it seems, is to enhance their electoral prospects in next year’s midterm elections. For that, they would be better off — not morally, of course, but in the narrow, political sense that matters to them – learning a thing or two from Trump and the Republicans.
Both teach essentially the same lesson: that only losers care about “truth, justice, and the American way”; that it’s every man for himself; that common decency is for sissies; that real men revel in ignorance; and that, unless there is some percentage in it, only a fool would give a sucker an even break. The aggressively masculine idiom is appropriate because, while women are included in the Trump-Republican worldview, they are basically just along for the…