This footage, from FDR's 1944 reelection campaign, just never gets old:
I post it because WaPo's Richard Cohen quotes it as an instructional example of devastating political ridicule, which Cohen sees as Hillary Clinton's most effective weapon against the ridiculous Donald Trump. I quite agree. In fact I agreed back in April. Hillary only needs an imaginative substitute for Fala, which could be pretty much anything Trump childishly attacks, which is pretty much everything.
It's a curious thing, but true. How seriously outraged, how seriously offended, how seriously shocked should one be by idiotic statements made repeatedly by a first-rate idiot? Trump's "ludicrous statements ought to be treated as the braying of a jackass," and nothing more, writes Cohen.
Our shock should not be episodic; it should, rather, be an unwavering permanency.
The factual existence of Donald Trump as a major party's presidential nominee is shocking as hell, and forever should be. The buffoon's uttered imbecilities, though, are to be expected from a buffoon, are they not? By definition, a buffoon's imbecilities are rather unshocking.
I detect, on the same editorial page as Cohen's, a similar sentiment from E.J. Dionne. He refers to Trump as "dangerous and irresponsible," and yet he leaves substantiation of these damning adjectives in the hands of a mere 16 words: "Never before has a candidate asked a foreign power to conduct espionage on the United States." In other words: What else needs to be said? Must I really express outrage at Trump's manifestly jackassed remarks on Wednesday? Were they not just another day of Trump? How, in God's name, can the particulars still be shocking?
Again, I agree, and this explains why I find it so difficult to go ballistic about Trump's treasonous collaborationism. Tomorrow it will be something else equally characteristic of a first-rate idiot, and then something else, on till November. It's who he is. It's who the Republican Party's nominee is. That is what's shocking — and it's no more shocking today than it was a week, a month, or a year ago.
In a way, I wish I could work up Fala's outrage, about Trump's treason and such. But I can't. And that's probably because I've experienced 72 more years of Republican jackassery than Fala had.