She's made of iron, sir. I assure you, she can. And she will.
It is a mathematical certainty.
Our government is made not made of laws or traditions or buildings of marble and granite. Laws become meaningless when no one enforces them. Traditions become tale tales from a bygone era when they are openly flouted without consequence. Marble and granite edifices become parking garages and ruins when no one is left to maintain them and imbue them with purpose.
Our government is made of men and women. And that government is now cracked to the keel and sinking not because it struck an iceberg, but because, decades ago, the Republican Party dedicated itself body and soul to the proposition that the United States government is a hostile alien monster that needed to be gutted and destroyed at any cost.
It took many years and billions of dollars to bring the United States government to the brink of collapse, but the Republican Party finally accomplished what it has been saying very clearly out loud for my entire adult life that it intended to do. And now it appears to be a mathematical certainly that the answer to their depraved prayers is finally at hand.
And yet, as we stand at the very brink of realizing their dream of blowing it all up and enabling demented bigots to rule by decree on behalf of theocrats, plutocats and Mother Russia, suddenly some of the Republican's most loyal enablers are losing their nerve. It's too late to reverse the engines -- to unbrainwash the +60M wingnut zombies that they programmed to Destroy!Destroy!Destroy! and tell them that it has all gone way too far, and there is no longer a Kenyan Communist Muslim Sleeper Cell Usurper on-hand to blame for their sins and crimes against democracy. Which is why the world is suddenly alive with the sound of their lifeboats hitting the water as hordes of newly-minted "independents" row frantically away from the listing hulk of the great ship they worked so hard to wreck.
And they'll probably get away with it. After all, thanks to a mountain of Koch money, relentless marketing by Fox News and the rest of the Hate Media ecosystem and, crucially, the complicity of the Beltway media, they pulled exactly the same stunt eight years ago, and there is no evidence that any of the meatheads and fascists and media quislings who conspired to get the GOP off the hook last time have grown a conscience in the last eight years.
Which is why this time, it falls to each and every one of us to do all we can to burn their lifeboats. The Republican base and their enablers in the Both Siderist media sank the ship and at the very least, Republicans their enablers in the Both Siderist media should be forced to go down with it.