How a lot is a soul value? How substantially are you keen to debase oneself, to toss your scruples to the winds of ambition, to betray oneself? Your place?

It turns out the selling price is not pretty substantially. And that almost certainly explains why the likes of these Profiles in Compost in the U.S. Senate like Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley and Ron Johnson and other folks were ready to turn into Donald Trump’s servile toadies in a futile effort and hard work to maintain the Bluto Blutarsky of the West Wing in office environment.

Daniel Ruth.
Daniel Ruth. [ Tampa Bay Times ]

What have we learned? That there is a high-quality line concerning sedition and silly?

Let’s be obvious. The coup-lite tried by these Republican senators and users of the Dwelling had totally nothing at all to do with the sanctity of the 2020 presidential election. Just after all, the Trump campaign had failed in each individual authorized obstacle to overturn the vote.

There have been recounts, re-recounts, re-re-recounts courtroom issues and no small volume of bloviating from the Commander-In-Cheat. Nevertheless very little altered the final result.

Trump ought to have recognised his plot to continue to be in office environment was a lot more doomed than the chance of Melania hanging close to extremely a great deal longer when the very best he could appear up with to defend him consisted of Lin Wooden, Sidney Powell and Rudy Guiliani, the Moe, Larry and Curly of jurisprudence.

Trump has flailed and whined and pouted that it was inconceivable he could have missing to President-elect Joe Biden by far more than 7 million votes? Why is that so implausible?

After all the American persons had four several years to witness the tantrums, the senseless feuds, the incessant tweeting, the 20,000 lies, the preening, the posturing, the backstabbing and the sheer overwhelming incompetence. That was more than more than enough to time for the entire body politic to collectively conclude: “Ohmygawd! What have we completed?”

Cruz and Hawley, and who understands how many some others who go to bed every night time buzzing Hail to The Chief, have built a wager. They are wagering that to additional their political delusions it is superior to continue to be on Trump’s great side at the expense of their oaths of workplace, or any distant sense of patriotism.

And they will shed. They will eliminate due to the fact for all their craven pandering they neither fully grasp Trump, nor American popular lifestyle.

We are living in culture preoccupied with fact tv, which has a shelf-daily life of an ice dice. Who will the bachelor decide on? Who is that masked singer? Who will gain “Survivor”? In the conclusion, who cares? There is generally one more glimmering piece of palaver to divert our focus.

As Donald Trump embarks on the following stage of his checkered job as a professional defendant, who will quickly be expending far more time in court docket than Perry Mason, the Cruz/Hawley axis of madness is heading to find out some harsh lessons, not the the very least of which is they have a lot less prospect of ever assuming the presidency than Lyndon LaRouche.

It is correct Trump will possible love a small window of option as powerbroker on fringe media retailers. But “Fox & Friends” will no longer be at his beck and get in touch with. This is what happens to — ahem — losers.

Without having broad media notice, Trump’s influence will steadily dwindle. See, Huckabee, Mike. By 2024, Trump’s so-referred to as “base” will quite a great deal consist of the Very pleased Boys, Alex Jones, Sidney Powell and the tiki torch crowd. Now there is a gathering of braying beagles for you.

The common wisdom has been Trump will command the community phase for the foreseeable foreseeable future mainly because he was so successful in grifting upward of $500 million from his unsuspecting disciples since his defeat to use as his own personal slush fund and/or political sledgehammer. Do you get the emotion suitable about now Bernie Madoff is asking himself, “Why did not I believe of this?”

What every person appears to be to be forgetting is that Donald Trump is only a awful businessman. He is about one particular click absent from starting to be the Willie Loman of Mar-A-Lago.

Trump is personally in credit card debt to the tune of $421 million. He blew by way of $1 billion in campaign contributions. Then there are all the bankruptcies, the unsuccessful firms, the lawsuits. No American lender will personal loan him so a lot as a bus token.

By 2024 would anybody be shocked to find Trump pimping My Pillows on Glenn Beck’s conspiracy idea radio present?

Will anyone even hassle to hear? Or remember who Donald Trump was so lengthy ago in 2020?