Faced with an opposition party that has visibly gone insane and turned itself into a Gathering of the Juggalos – nominating not just the stupidest and least qualified candidate in political history but pretty nearly the worst person of all time – the Democrats have doubled down on normal.
They have defeated or absorbed the defiantly non-normal left-wing opposition – at least for the moment – and driven the renegades out of the tent.
Now they are ready to stand together – in nice pants – and save whatever can be saved of the American republic.
They have built the last fortress of what Jeb Bush plaintively described last winter as ‘regular-order democracy’ a Minas Tirith of whole-grain wholesomeness – standing alone against the Dark Lord.
If Hillary Clinton herself has spent too long in the enclaves of power and privilege to qualify as fully normal she remains normal-ish – a convincing simulacrum of the normal person she used to be.