Which is why Trump is winning. Why he is, as Jonathon Chait points out in the New Yorker, carving away America democracy one slice at a time. So that when Mueller finally emerges, and the press finally wakes up, it could be far too late.
Hungarian communist leader Mátyás Rákosi invented the phrase “salami tactics” to describe how his party established a dictatorship. The phrase has come to describe a way of taking power in increments, by forcing your opponent to repeatedly choose between either giving up a small concession – a slice of the salami – or staging a total confrontation.
Think of where America was even on the day of Trump’s inauguration, when the argument of the day was about crowd sizes. Or where we were the following March when Jeff Sessions actually consulted with legal experts and recused himself. Or where we were that May when the firing of James Comey generated enough outrage that even Congressional Republicans supported the appointment of Robert Mueller as a special counsel and praised him as a thorough and impartial investigator.
We are not now that nation.
Slice, by slice, by slice … scandal by scandal by scandal … Trump has eaten away the core of both the justice system and America’s sense of justice.