After the murderous attack on the Capitol by a mob whom Trump incited for no other reason than he preferred to keep his job rather than lose it, decent people hoped that finally the G.O.P. would hold him accountable for what he really is: a traitor, a hustler, and a lout. This is why being decent is so exhausting—your hopes are always being raised and dashed. Soon after Liz Cheney, previously a living embodiment of the inexcusable, voted to impeach, Kevin McCarthy crawled to Mar-a-Lago to curry favor with the inciter-in-chief. McCarthy had fleetingly shown some grit when, shortly after the riots, he said, “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters.” Soon thereafter, though, he widened the blame and said, “I … think everybody across this country has some responsibility.” Round up the usual 330,066,379!

Today’s Republican Party is now a political organization in the same way the Mafia was a political organization: no perfuming pretense of principle and no agenda other than hoarding their own power. They don’t even care what kind of power as long as they hold it: if the quaint checks and balances of democracy interfere with their goals of self-enrichment and the thorough disenfranchisement of Blacks, Jews, Muslims, immigrants, women with unwanted pregnancies, and the L.G.B.T.Q. community, then it’s on to Fascism and no looking back.