I’ve been trying for some time to understand what’s going on in American politics of late. Trump tried to seize unprecedented power, but was stopped primarily by the fact that he has no idea what he’s doing. What he’s actually done is to create a power vacuum unprecedented in American history—and we don’t yet know what will rush in to fill that vacuum.
I’ve tried to put my thoughts into at least partial order here. While Trump would like to be the American Putin, what he’s actually become is the American Yeltsin.