The good news is, the perpetual drama machine who serves as our president has called a ceasefire in his fight with a grieving war widow.
His latest target? The man he derides as “liddle Bob Corker,” the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and one of the most respected Republicans in Washington.
Corker isn’t holding back either, saying that he could never again support Trump for elective office and that the president ought to keep his nose out of diplomatic issues and the rewriting of the tax code because he doesn’t know what he’s talking about and because his bungling has gotten embarrassing.
“At the end of the day, when his term is over, I think the debasing of our nation, the constant non-truth telling, just the name-calling … I think the debasement of our nation will be what he’ll be remembered most for, and that’s regretful,” Corker said.
I hope that proves correct. I hope Trump is remembered for that, and not for some larger calamity that he leads us into in the future. Either way, though, I applaud Corker for his honesty, just as I applaud Mitt Romney, John McCain and former President George W. Bush for their recent cogent criticism.
For some on the left, such praise is grating to the point of being outrageous. Those critics are correct to point out that Bush was a poor president who led us into the worst foreign-policy debacle in U.S. history and oversaw the biggest economic collapse in 80 years. It is also true that Corker, Romney and McCain supported Trump’s election, and that Corker and Romney were at one point candidates to serve in Trump’s cabinet as secretary of state.
Nothing will erase that history, and nobody is, or at least ought to be, describing these men as profiles in courage for belatedly speaking what they had known all along, particularly since it comes at a time in their careers when none is likely to ever run for office again.
But if you believe, as I do and apparently as they do, that Trump and his half-baked theories pose a unique threat to global peace, economic prosperity and the glue that binds American democracy, then you should welcome and even celebrate their words. If they can help open ears and minds among conservatives, if they can help minimize the damage being done to our institutions and relationships, if they can help to hem Trump in on issues such as North Korea, then hell yes they ought to be applauded and encouraged and praised.
We’re going to need their help; they’re going to need our help. The idealistic among us still like to say that what we have in common as Americans is more important than what divides us, and in this particular case what we have in common is an understanding that Trump is bad for our country, that he is incapable of governance and if he can’t be removed he must at least be neutralized as much as possible.
Anybody who shares that understanding is welcome as an ally. We can get back to fighting about less important stuff later, after all this is over and a sense of sanity has been restored.