Is this the end of Trump?
No one likes getting their hopes up, but bear with me.
Numerous commentators from across the political spectrum, including even Ann Coulter, have recognized that the Trump White House is a “disaster”—Coulter’s word. Though Coulter doesn’t say so, Jennifer Rubin has repeatedly called for Republicans to stand up to Trump, but fears they will never do so due to their legislative agenda.
But here’s the thing: if it starts to appear inevitable, what endangers their agenda more? A year of hearings and controversy? Nothing else will happen then. All the oxygen will be gone. Yes, Trump resigning will cause repercussions, but they still have 18 months to repair them under Pence. They could name John Kasich Vice President. Lots could happen. Gerald Ford almost won, remember. Pence would have more time than Ford to save himself.
In other words, the same logic that has roped Republicans into defending Trump—protecting their legislative agenda—could come to drive them in the other direction.
No matter what polls you might see right now, the Democrats winning any chamber of Congress in 2018 is very unlikely if we’re litigating normal issues by then for all the reasons you might want to list—not the least of which is that the Democratic party is divided into several different parts right now with no clear leader, no clear positive agenda, and no message other than “resist.”
If 19 Republican Senators and approximately 25 Republican Representatives start thinking this way, the writing would be on the wall.
It could happen a lot faster than you think. I would say Comey’s testimony to Congress—if it’s a blockbuster—could be the turning point.
I’m still not holding my breath, but the argument that it will never happen is getting weaker by the minute.