Watching C-SPAN last night

The thing I've been missing about Trump is that America always does stuff big, and that his Presidency is no exception. Our blunder is huge; huger is allowing the blunder to continue in the name of representative democracy. 

Trump's made himself much bigger than he is and in the process is making us all much smaller than we really are, partly by the allowances of what we like think of as our democracy and partly by our own stupidity, stupidity defined here as a weird admixture of ignorance and lack of curiosity. Trump's overcome our national fantasy, our predisposition toward believing that we live in an inclusive, welcoming culture, and offers instead a retreat to a country that never existed.

Watching C-SPAN last night, seeing one of the Democratic senators speak out against Trump's nominee for HHS, I couldn't help but notice Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)  in the background, sitting all by himself in the Senate chambers, blowing his nose into a white hankie and examining the hankie time and again as if every emanation from his schnozz was precious and worth preserving.

 New York Times, p. A13, February 10, 2017

New York Times, p. A13, February 10, 2017