Our country is a republic, and a very egalitarian one at that. We all love a rags-to-riches story, after all. With a little grit and pluck, anybody can do anything in the United States. Our fascination with the British monarchy is a manifestation of our own commitment to equality — we wouldhave an institution like the Crown in the United States, so we all stare agog at it whenever one of the royals gets married.
But still, we have our limits. Our monument to George Washington may be a plain, white obelisk, . The person who occupies Washington’s chair is expected to act like that great man, at least a little bit. He is supposed to be measured, restrained, and dignified.
Trump has been none of those things. He has undoubtedly advanced the conservative agenda, but he has not done so in a presidential .
And, assuming Cost is right, that's going to matter to a sufficient number of voters to put a real damper on this advance-the-conservative-agenda business.
And then all the garbage from Derek Hunter, Kurt Schlichter, Bookworm, Conrad Black, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity about not caring what kind of life the Very Stable Genius has led, and how he conducts himself, is going to be sucked dry of every last molecule of persuasiveness that it ever had.
As you can imagine, the comment thread underneath Cost's piece includes an ample supply of shills. They put forth the arguments you expect from them: Justice Ginsberg will almost certainly retire in the next couple of years; who do you want appointing her replacement? (Never mind that we're talking about the midterms. The next presidential election is a whole different animal, and at this juncture I'd be willing to wager that the Very Stable Genius wins it; the country currently has less appetite for wealth redistribution and identity politics than it does for boorishness.) Politeness would not have cut it in 2016. If voters put Dems in charge of Congress, they are an ungrateful lot. And so on.
None of that is going to be worth a stinking thing if Cost's theory is correct.
No president - of whatever ideological stripe, in any period - ever has conducted himself with less dignity than this guy, and it's going to matter politically. Later this year.