Something has changed.
Before, Donald Trump could claim that he was a political force. He could claim that his opinions mattered. You might disagree with him, but you had to pay attention to him.
Then came the congressional fiasco over repealing and replacing Obamacare. In that period, it became obvious to political insiders that Trump had no clue what he was doing or talking about. He was caught out as useless in the debate.
Then came Charlottesville. Trump failed to realize that his reaction to the violence would be a test of whether he was out of touch with the national mood. He failed that test.
Unlike earlier criticism, this roasting is affecting Trump’s core support. In other words, we are watching Trump disintegrate as a political phenomenon. In my view, it is just a matter of time now when he exits the stage. That may be by resignation, by impeachment, or by withdrawal from public view. But his involvement in political debate is basically over. He is politically toxic.
So, we are in the third and final act of the Trump melodrama. Let’s hope that when the play ends, we can move on to something more constructive. And it will end soon.