In response to a dear friend's discussion triggered by the response of spineless and flip-flopping republicans to various things Trump-related:
Your account is compelling, toothy, vivid and dead on. But the GOP world appears to be utterly chaotic and evil by design. I guess the question is how did elitist do nothing liberalism that started in the '90s enable and facilitate this phenomenon. The nihilistic version of the "right" was really hatched by Newt Gingrich. He never had any use for integrity which he viewed as chumpness. Winning was the thing. But I don't think we would have had a Newt without a Clinton. And the more I look at the American politics of my lifetime (the first presidential election I remember was Nixon/McGovern), the decline has hinged on a group of well off white liberals who became attached to the same material privileges their rich conservative counterparts derived from the decline of the middle class and the demonization of people of color. They became understandably obsessed with politics that shielded them from scrutiny, i.e. orthodoxies regarding terminology, microagressions, and eliminating scrutiny of libertinism. It became clear to many that presidencies and supermajorities wouldn't facilitate any of the actual policies that would restore the middle class, properly house and educate the poor, or sustantively right the wrongs of racism. The liberal elites had no intention as it turned out to change the course. They and their clients just wanted to slow the decline down a bit. I have to say, against all indications and instincts, Biden has proven to be the first president since Johnson to be willing to, and know how to do anything for non-rich people. And he didn't have any supermajorities like Clinton and Obama.