SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2020
Wild battle underway: In this morning's Washington Post, Ashley Parker quotes a mordant GOP insider:
PARKER (11/7/20): [Trump's] allies are still divided into two main factions—one group, led by the president and his family, that still believes he has a path to victory and that he should continue to battle; and another, larger group of advisers and Republican officials who believe the presidency has all but slipped away.
Yet even those who now believe a Biden victory is a foregone conclusion have struggled with how to break the news to Trump. “They know he’s lost, but no one seems willing to tell King Lear or Mad King George that they’ve lost the empire,” said one Republican in frequent touch with the White House.
How bad is it for the reigning commander? This bad:
He himself may be mentally ill, whatever that means. Meanwhile, according to Parker, he's been getting advice from his personal attorney—Rudy Giuliani!
The highlighted statement above highlights a basic point:
Anthropologically, we moderns are able to imagine political leaders in the grips of "madness" or mental illness. This is especially true if such kings are fictional, or are lost in the mists of time.
We can comfortably imagine "madness" in such safely distanced cases. But we still aren't willing to discuss the possibility that a commander in this very day might be "afflicted" with a major psychiatric "disorder." So it goes as our primitive intellectual culture struggles toward the light.
Meanwhile, we ourselves received a remarkable briefing last night.
We were visited by spokespersons for Future Historians High in the Trees, a despondent group of credentialed future scholars. These spokespersons gave us an update on what is for them the ongoing or possibly completed fight for the 2024 Republican nomination.
According to these future experts, the leading candidates in the race are Donald Trump and his younger rival, Donald Trump Junior. Meanwhile, a strong outsider campaign is being waged by Mrs. Donald Trump Junior, the former Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is also seeking the nomination of the newly formed Fox & Friends First Party.
Mrs. Trump is said to be running on a surprisingly effective slogan: Make Fox & Friends Great Again.
Spokespersons for the future scholars gave us a statement from Lear himself. "To think that people once thought I was mad," the fictional monarch has allegedly exclaimed.
Future Anthropologists Huddled in Caves, a better known future scholarly group, is officially calling this year's White House campaign a potential learning experience.
"So-called human nature was on wide display," these despairing scholars have said. "It's all over now but the jumbled reactions."
Next week: Dueling interpretations of The Election Which Was