The gale-force winds that blow 24/7 around this White House, and make summit winds on Mount Washington seem calm, never appear to muss much about this president, other than his comb-over. But I wonder if this latest round is different. Like many, I’ve wondered whether the laws of political physics, which seem to have been suspended for this president for so long, would reassert. His inner circle is now almost completely gone with the departure of Hicks, who played such a soothing role for him and for those who clamor and hector for the president’s attention. His son-in-law and chief of staff are at war, with the staff having to choose sides, like children in an ugly divorce. His Justice Department is united and defiant. A Republican-led Congress is taking the president’s latest reversal on gun control as yet another sign of his erratic political nature. And his wife is feeling free to go her own way.
None of this unraveling, if that what’s happening at the White House, is good for our country. The president exhausted many of us a long time ago, but he now seems to be exhausting those closest to him. Where do we go from here?