I used to watch and listen to 'The Kraut' on Fox News back in the day when I was able to afford to keep my ex-best friend, 'Rupe', in the style to which he and his expensive wives were accustomed. I was always impressed by 'The Kraut' although he was rarely of a sunny disposition which was not very surprising given that he was crippled for life by a motoring accident as a young man.
The fact that he has made such a success of his life since the accident indicates a steely character. Certainly, his analyses of political life 'over there' are always worth reading. He may be a Right-winger but that never stops him from taking the Republican party and its leadership to task when they are more annoyingly 'stoopid' than usual.
Today at the NRO he points out, almost with relish, that in the saloon-bar brawl that is American politics under 'The Donald', there is and always will be only one winner - the Constitution! And for that we must offer up thanks to the polymath, James Madison, who amongst other things studied Latin, Greek, science, geography, mathematics, rhetoric, Hebrew and political philosophy. He is, rightly, called 'the Father of the Constitution' which, despite non-stop battering from Right and Left over two centuries, still exerts its subtle but powerful influence.
'The Kraut' sums up today's Trumpian 'broohaha', thus:
Taken together — and suspending judgment on which side is right on any particular issue — it is deeply encouraging that the sinews of institutional resistance to a potentially threatening executive remain quite resilient. Madison’s genius was to understand that the best bulwark against tyranny was not virtue — virtue helps, but should never be relied upon — but ambition counteracting ambition, faction counteracting faction.
Clever fella', that Madison!