The sowing of discord

As often as I’ve refrained from commenting on the investigation into the connections between Donald Trump and Russian efforts to inject discord into an already fractious and creaking electoral system, it’s worth pausing to see where we are in August 2018, months from the most consequential midterm elections of my lifetime. The president is running a dare that no one will give a shit, Charles Pierce writes

He has admitted lying to the country on a profound issue of national security. He is doing next to nothing to prevent a similar attack this fall, and in 2020. He is clearly in league with—or, more likely, in hock to—an authoritarian goon presiding over an economic basket case complete with its own huge and threadbare nuclear arsenal. He is daring the institutions of democracy to do something about him. He is daring the system to work the way it’s supposed to work. Waiting until after the midterms is not the way the system is supposed to work. Waiting for the special counsel to do the job for you is not the way the system is supposed to work. God knows, the supine behavior of the Republican congressional majorities is not the way the system is supposed to work.

And this is a victory in the long war waged by the GOP on state and federal institutions. Sow enough discord such that it registers as doubt for Americans still clinging to Donald J. Trump as The Great White Chief. Paralyze the system. Robert Mueller will not save us. Only a Democratic Senate and House will halt the decay.

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