The latest voluntary political self-sacrifice
There is an ability that Donald Trump has that continues to astonish me. That is his skill at getting people to destroy their reputations and their future credibility to provide him with the most temporary of escapes from his self-generated troubles.
Okay, I can understand how a public nobody like Kirsten Nielsen or Wilbur Ross will, when they have the highest position of their lives dangled in front of them, tell themselves that they are clever enough to escape the fate of all their predecessors in the Trump administration, and give the job a try. But William Barr was already the Attorney General, however disgracefully he acted in that position, and he emerged pretty much unscathed. He could go on to an honorary retirement on the basis of that. What is it about Trump that could have led Barr to voluntarily offer himself up as a self-sacrifice, permanently dishonored within a month of taking office? Barr must have seen what the result of his mendacious behavior would be, but he did it anyway. Even Hitler had to have the threat of imprisonment or death to compel many people to follow him. How does Trump do it? I just can't figure it out.