A crisis is a terrible thing to manufacture

A crisis is a terrible thing to manufacture
Administration wears Chinese virus face. Coronavirus press briefing, 18 Mar 2020. PBS video

[Ed. – Yet it looks as though the Democrats aren’t finished pursuing the ‘Orange Whale,’ even as the virus rages on.]

On January 21, the United States confirmed its first case of the coronavirus. The nation’s political and media elite obsessed over Mitch McConnell’s just-announced resolution governing the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump.

After acting as though we had endless time and energy to waste on nonsense because the stakes were so small … we have been jolted into a period when our national decisions really matter, and time and resources are of the essence.

In short, the epidemic has put in stark relief the pettiness and absurdity of much that has taken place in our national life since Trump won the presidency. This crisis is the unmistakable punctuation mark on that post-2016 era and the beginning of something new.

How Trump performs now — finally without Mueller or impeachment, artifacts of another time, dogging him — will determine how this time is remembered.

(h/t Brit Hume)

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