Earlier today on MSNBC I heard the ineffably banal Michael Steele, former chairman of the ineffably hysterical RNC, remark that Mitt Romney's latest absurdity--Trumpism--would soon pass and then Romney could get on to more important things.
But that's the point, or rather Steele's typically missed point.
With Romney, these absurdities never end. Whether it is uttering a peculiar affection for firing people (and during a recession!), or characterizing $374,000 of income as chicken feed (and during a recession!), or casually mentioning his wife's dual Cadillacs (and during a recession!), or dismissing the poor as afterthoughts or humanizing ruthless corporations or attempting $10,000 bets on national television, Romney's dark absurdities just don't stop.
And they're not only mistakes--blunders that inevitably result from the relentless pressures of a six-year campaign. When Romney isn't committing serial gaffes he's executing some studied stupidity. To wit, the Trump affair, or the Grenell debacle, both of them premeditated, unforced errors that when taken alone are relatively harmless. Accumulated, however, and on top of the gaffes, they're lethal.
All of which is to say, the Trump absurdity won't stop here, today. Tomorrow it will be something else. It won't be the Trump thing, but it will be something--something just as lethal, just as absurd, just as Mittwitted.