Very bad things happen all the time in this country, but recently a very bad thing happened that will make other very bad things happen more often: the G.O.P. ceased to be a legitimate political party. This has been a long time in the making—really since Obama was elected and Mitch McConnell declined to support anything Obama proposed, even if Obama proposed things that McConnell had previously supported.

McConnell, who looks like a wax turtle that was placed too close to a heat source, declared his intention to make Obama a one-term president and launched the period of Party Over Country that reached its insurrectionary climax under Trump.