|U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona)|
It's been interesting to watch Republican U.S. senators during recent days --- Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee --- yell back over their shoulders to GOP colleagues as they prepare to march off the field into retirement. "You've got to do something about the current president," they say, more or less, while preparing to go home, sit on the veranda and do nothing in particular.
"Before this becomes the new normal, I think we have to stand up and say this is not normal behavior," Flake told National Public Radio Tuesday as he prepared to sit down and leave the standing up to others. "And if we don't stand up now, we're going to lose that chance," he said just before sitting down.
The president certainly still has his supporters --- white nationalists, white evangelical Christians who have formed a messianic cult around him, and others.
But most Republicans have realized by now that magic thinking does not work --- the gentleman from Mar-a-Lago is not going to "grow into" the presidency. What they lack is the moral courage to do anything about it.
That includes the duplicitous demagogues in Iowa's Senate delegation, Grassley and Ernst. And of course U.S. Rep. Steve King, out there in tights twirling a baton and waving his neo-fascist flags proudly.
Those of us who voted for others can now say, "We told you so." But without any particular pleasure.