“It’s so funny,” Molly Jong-Fast tells Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). “There’s been so much sexist talk about women [in politics] being too emotional and being too sensitive. And then we have an entire party held hostage by the president’s moods.”
Klobuchar laughs in response: “Exactly. I think it was John Bolton that said that we just don’t have time to live through seven stages of the president’s grief. That is exactly what’s happening.”
“Even when presidents have lost elections,” the senator adds, “they have led, they have had to deal with last-minute crises. And this guy is not doing it. I don’t think we should be surprised, but the fact that he is not leading and trying to demolish our democracy at the same time and tarnish the reputation of good people like [sacked Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency chief] Chris Krebs is just an unbelievable trio of evil.”
But don’t worry, Klobuchar says on the latest edition of The New Abnormal. Despite all the histrionics and the wackadoodle press conferences and the late-night tweets, this presidency is over. “It is getting more and more clear that there’s no other paths. And at some point [the Republicans] are going to have to allow for this transition.”
It’s not even like the goal of the Trumpists is to win, despite all their quasi-fascist, overturn-the-election talk, says Rick Wilson. “The goal is to sow dissension, the goal is to build chaos. The goal is to ensure that the Trump brand for the next four years still is able to grift off of their email list and suck down rube dollars: ‘They can steal our election, but they can’t steal our pride.’”
And what should Biden do, once he’s in the Oval and Trump is still doing his authoritarian wannabe thing? And his enablers are back in the Senate? There have been some leaks out of Bidenworld that Joe is disinclined towards retribution. “I think they need to recognize that playing by the Marquess of Queensberry rules and playing nice” won’t work, Rick says. “I think Lindsey Graham needs to be under investigation by the ethics committee. The guy’s involved in outright attempts to fraudulently manipulate the election. It’s just crazy.”
Molly isn’t so sure. Quoting Masha Gessen, she says: “It’s really important that the president doesn’t look like he’s doing that [taking retribution against Trump], because democratic norms are so important. Instead, we have to narrate the experience of the people who’ve gone through Trumpism.”
Which is another way of saying this is—hopefully, please God—almost over.
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