I have just read the biggest piece of idiocy ever published by The Washington Post outside its sports pages. It is by “opinion writer” Richard Cohen, and it starts like this:
“Donald Trump is a one-man basket of deplorables. He is a braggart and a liar. He is a bully and a demagogue. He is an ignoramus and a deadbeat, a chiseler and either a sincere racist or an insincere one, and his love for himself is matched only by my loathing of him. He is about to be president of the United States. A constitutional coup may be in the offing.”
The first point of this insane ranting, I suppose, is you can’t be president without Richard Cohen’s blessing. Never mind that he would probably write something similar about any Republican, no matter how much he (or she) looked and acted like a Democrat to most reasonable people.
Mr. Cohen goes on: “It is folly to think that aides … are going to able to moderate Trump. They are enablers, emptying their consciences and stuffing their egos, and it is even sillier to think that Trump himself will change. He is 70, into the years of ossification, and his political triumph has only convinced him of his inerrant correctness. He thinks he is infallible, a kind of secular pope. Things will go from bad to worse.”
Mind you, this leftist loon is writing this more than a week before Mr. Trump has even assumed the presidency. Is he talking about impeachment? Well, not exactly, because he knows that would fail. He is talking about invoking the 25th Amendment, which is aimed at relieving a president who has clearly lost his mind or is too sick to discharge his duties. (All that sounds more like Mr. Cohen than Mr. Trump.)
The 25th Amendment makes the vice president the point man for action, together with a “majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide.” It was ratified in 1967 to clean up muddy language written by the Founding Fathers about presidential succession.
Mr. Loon, uh Cohen, goes on: “It is plain that the 25th Amendment does give a rule to Cabinet members that is not generally considered when they are up for confirmation. This time, however, they should all be asked whether they are aware of the 25th Amendment and, if need be, whether they would be willing to implement it.”
If age 70 for humans is some milestone in ossification, Mr. Cohen certainly should know. He turns 76 next month, and this column proves he has lost his goddamned mind. He is lucky to be writing for very inattentive editors in Jeff Bezos’ personal blog, in a country that still somewhat values the First Amendment.