Are Americans tiring of politics as road rage? Well, perhaps not entirely, as there still seem to be many almost crazy with anger, driving people to extremes. One thing that has happened, however, is people, consciously or unconsciously, have gotten used to Donald Trump, writes Lance Morro in the WSJ.
Twenty-one months into his administration, Mr. Trump has been processed, or half-processed—even subtly domesticated—by the large, complicated American mind, which is improvisational and on the whole incoherent except in moments of national crisis.
Even progressives to whom he is a monster treat him now as, at least, a familiar monster, another of the many disruptive, destructive realities of the 21st century. Life is a matter of learning to live with monsters. Mr. Trump hasn’t destroyed the world yet, as his enemies predicted he would.
Among progressives, contempt for Mr. Trump is an article of faith and hardly worth mentioning anymore at a dinner party. If you are dining with like-minded people, it’s boring to go on and on about the president; if those around the table disagree about him, it seems best to avoid politics altogether.
Once the novelty of anything wears off, people get used to the strangest things, and life moves on, Mr. Morrow reminds readers. As disconcerting as it may be to Democrats, life is much better in many neighborhoods. The market is up, unemployment is way down, and North and South Korea are talking to one another. There is still the Mueller thing going on and on, but only God knows where.
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