Donald Trump was called the GOP’s Frankenstein monster early on. Now, he’s more like their Godzilla. After Friday’s thumbs-down on witnesses, Trump now feels invincible. He portrayed himself from the outset as an “instinctual” leader, who didn’t need to read briefings or to listen to advisers, he could govern with his gut. His early advisers, Rex Tillerson, Gary Cohn, Dan Coats, John Kelly, and many others are gone now. They’ve been replaced by Trump sycophants who nod and agree, out of self-preservation more than endorsement, and to his mind, this is evidence that he was right all along, and the people with experience, the career politicians and policy makers were all wrong. You think he’s going to listen to anybody now, after Friday, who tells him he needs to curb his impulses? Wrong. Welcome to Trumpjango Unchained, that’s the state of this union. And God only knows what we’re going to hear at the official address Tuesday. Maureen Dowd, New York Times: The state of the union is upside down and inside out and sauerkraut. Trump has changed literally everything in the last three years, transforming and coarsening the game. On Friday night, he became, arguably, the most brutishly powerful Republican of all time. Never has a leader had such a stranglehold on his party, subsuming it with one gulp. […] “Now the State of the Union is going to be the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man coming down the street and standing in the rubble of what’s left of the Congress,” keened one Democrat on Friday night. “The Republican Party has now lost whatever control they could exert over this president, any oversight they could have. It’s gone. The state of the union is there is no union. How can there be, when one side is petrified of their Godzilla?” Senator Chris Murphy, the Connecticut Democrat, dismissed Republicans as “a cult of personality” around Trump. “This trial in so many ways crystallized the completely diametrically opposed threats that Democrats and Republicans see to the country,” Murphy told The Times’s Nicholas Fandos. “We perceive Donald Trump and his corruption to be an existential threat to the country. They perceive the deep state and the liberal media to be an existential threat to the country. “That dichotomy, that contrast, has been growing over the last three years, but this trial really crystallized that difference. We were just speaking different languages, fundamentally different languages when it came to what this trial was about. They thought it was about the deep state and the media conspiracy. We thought it was about the president’s crimes.” Axios writes: “Over the past month, Trumpworld’s sense of being unbeatable has only grown. This is partly because the president sometimes defines victory in narrow terms, like pleasing the base and juicing the markets.” Trump stunned allies and even many in his own government when he greenlighted the killing of Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force. Trump has claimed victory and his aides have said the Iranian response — missile attacks that have yet to kill any Americans — show the warnings of war were baseless. The jury will be out for a while on that, but Team Trump claims vindication. And last week, Jared Kushner released the long-awaited Middle East peace plan, which the Israelis loved and the Palestinians […]
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