John Derbyshire has found a word for it.
One of Steve Sailerâ€™s many clever commenters has brilliantly named it WhateverGateâ€”the frantic legalistic churning about who said what to whom in President Trumpâ€™s circle, and whether the thing that was or was not said warrants impeachment. Or whatever. But impeachment. Every week, I think things canâ€™t get any crazierâ€”the hysteria has to burn itself out, the temperature canâ€™t get any higher, the fever has to breakâ€”and every week itâ€™s worse. Boy, they really want to get this guy. That just gives us more reasons to defend him.
I donâ€™t even bother much any more to focus on the actual thing that President Trump or one of his colleagues is supposed to have said or done. Every time, when you look closely, itâ€™s basically nothing.
Iâ€™ve been reading news and memoirs about American presidents since the Kennedy administration. I swear that every single damn thing Trump is accused of, warranting special counsels, congressional enquiries, impeachmentâ€”every single thing has been done by other recent presidents, often to a much greater degree, with little or no comment.
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