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Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light

Attorney General Bill Barr and President Donald Trump leave after delivering remarks on citizenship and the census in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 11, 2019. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
December 3, 2020 10:11 a.m.

The drama over Trump threatening to fire Bill Barr is so surreal, so absurd, so dark inasmuch as it is really just the pitiful acting out of a terrified, impulsive man raging against the dying of his vast and untrammeled power. We can focus on the craziness of Trump’s turning on Barr, who has abused his office so willingly and fulsomely on Trump’s behalf. But the reality is it simply doesn’t matter. Even that is irrelevant at this point. The administration is over. Barr is just there in a caretaker role. The people have already fired all of them.

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