Famously, when Jimmy Carter was president, the Boston Globe “accidentally” ran a headline over an editorial that read: “Mush From the Wimp.” There was no Internet to make it go viral, but today surely it would.
Today, to label Trump’s tweets as “rants from the madman” seems almost an understatement, and there is already plenty of obvious commentary. So here are some addition questions:
When will be start seeing resignations from the national security team?
Is the legal team now obliged to formally withdraw representations that they have made to the Fourth, and Ninth Circuits, and to the Supreme Court. Remember, lawyers can not make affirmative mis-representations to a court.
Will we see resignations from the Solicitor General’s Office, or just an inability to find staff to do the work?
Is there any chance that the Supreme Court will now grant review in the “travel Ban case.” The risk of them being dissed during the process, such as after hearing, or after decision, is great. If I were Roberts, I would take no action till the Ninth Circuit agrees with the Fourth (as it surely will), and then see if I have seven or more votes to put the President firmly in his place. If not, I would do nothing, at least till there is a split from another Circuit. I do not see how the Court can afford to be seen to be baling Trump out after today. And, a 5-4 either way would be an absolute institutional disaster for the Court (US v. Nixon was 9-0).
Does the almost systematic dissing of one cabinet member after another mean that a 25th Amendment majority is starting to build up? What is Pence thinking tonight.
Many previously loyal Republican commentators seem numb tonight. Republican politicians have fallen largely quiet. When will they start raising issues of Presidential inability to do the job?
Finally, whatever else you can say, you can not argue with the fact that each week, things move faster an faster. Things that would, the prior week, have seemed crazy to suggest, actually happen.
Our brains are lagging indicators. Like any tipping point, when it comes, it will come quicker than we can possibly expect.