For the last 21 months I’ve been telling myself that as grotesque and fiendishly destructive as Donald Trump‘s administration has been, it’s still a passing hurricane — a political climate system that will eventually blow away or at least dissipate, perhaps (many of us hope) as soon as 2021. But with yesterday’s swearing in Brett Kavanaugh is a toxic stain that will never wash out. Not until he dies or is removed from the bench through impeachment, but what are the odds of that happening? The nation is bent and diminished this morning. It’s been a terrible weekend.