One thing’s for sure: whatever fresh hell the Trump White House offers up each day, one community in our great society has to be unbelievably grateful. Scaramucci is just the latest gift to surpass understanding delivered w. a sMooch* by an administration whose signature accomplishment seems to be The Late Night Comedian Full Employment Act of 2017.
See, e.g., exhibit A, Stephen Colbert:
Here’s the thing, though. For all our (my) attempts to remember what actual ordinary politics were like, it’s hard to keep up with the massive fail that lies behind so much wonderfully immolating wit.
The Mooch isn’t just a Master of the Universe about to discover that presidential-level politics is not the same as the rigged casino from which he came. He is the communications director, ultimately the outward facing representative of executive power in the United States. In Beijing news studios last night, some poor folks had to figure out how to express the essence of Scaramucci’s autofellatio image to a Chinese public trying to make sense of the state of affairs across the Pacific. In Berlin, government officials are (I’ll bet) as I type attempting to figure out who remains in DC to talk to, when a one week administration veteran seeks to bring down the FBI on the President’s chief of staff.
All of which is to say that this is so far from normal you couldn’t see ordinary DC politics from where we now find ourselves with a fully functional James Webb Space Telescope. Scaramucci’s hilarious, awful, unspeakably revealing rant is indeed funny as hell. It’s also the mark of an American government that cannot represent American interests in the world. We’ve traded actual engagement with the day to day business of running the most powerful country in the world for an extended Game of Thrones cosplay fantasy.
This is how empires fall: a surface wave of bathos obscuring the deep, ongoing, and never normal tide of malice, incompetence and chaos.
On the upside, my son and I have tickets to see Colbert live next month. That should be fun.
*See what I did there?