The suspicion that the president can do anything and get away with it needs to be put to the test at the polls.

September 10, 2020

| 11:50 AM

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I’m glad the NFL season starts tonight. I have a feeling the games will seem less contrived and artificial than baseball has come off in the Age of Corona. And I need the distraction. Four years is a very long time to put up with having Donald Trump in the Oval Office. Americans elected a complete ignoramus to be the most powerful person in the world, and I’m definitely at the end of my rope.

The people in my life know that I follow politics closely, so they usually want my opinion on the latest outrage. The conversations always end the same way. People listen, and then they throw their hands up and say, “I just don’t know that anyone will care.”

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I’m tired of hearing it. I’m ready to vote and find out what people care about. I share Jennifer Szalai’s boredom about the revelations in Bob Woodward’s new book Rage, which contains virtually nothing we didn’t  know or, at least, should have surmised.

Did Trump downplay the virus for some misguided political reasons? I must have written as much more than a dozen times. Did his trusted advisers consider him dangerous? Did they call him a moron with the understanding of a fifth or sixth grader? Well, we’ve known that for years. Does his former intelligence chief still have the nagging feeling that Vladimir Putin is blackmailing the president? Welcome to the club, Dan Coats.

I don’t know that hearing this again is going to change a thing because it’s Bob Woodward saying it. What I do know is that there are already a lot of ex-Republicans and ex-Trump supporters. Everyone has their breaking point. With George W. Bush, some walked away after no weapons of mass destruction turned up in Iraq. Others couldn’t abide the response to Hurricane Katrina.  But people have their reasons and maybe some will hear Trump on tape admitting that he deliberately lied about COVID-19 and think that’s worse than anything that’s come before.

The case against Trump was made before he was elected. He’s spent four years proving us right. I’m ready to send it to the jury, and if they give him a bill of health then I don’t think I’ll have much to say about politics again. After all, in that case, it really will be true that no one cared.

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Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly. See all his writing at ProgressPond.com