It might be the ultimate journalistic cliché to announce that Donald Trump’s presidency is not normal.
Indeed it’s just as likely that this is what normal looks like now and that the naked power politics of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation — embraced by Republicans for many reasons but most of all as a smackdown to feminists and liberals and everyone else perceived as preachy and condescending and threatening to the old order — is a sign of the times.
To use another overused phrase of the moment conservatives will surely reap the whirlwind for this fateful decision – to an extent they cannot now imagine.
They don’t appear to care.
Meanwhile the Republican Party as we once knew it — the party of middle American businessmen – upstanding New England ladies and the Presbyterian Church — has been fully digested by the Trumpian virus. Susan Collins – Ben Sasse and Jeff Flake make polite mournful noises about this but most Republicans appear to be delighted.
All of that is the new normal too.