Welcome to the Pat Buchanan administration. Trump is creating a new form of Christian nationalism centered on himself: Trumpian patriotism is the new piety. The radical crusade of Mike Pence: He's trampled on the rights of women, LGBTQ folks and the poor — then there's the incompetence; meet, quite possibly, the next president. Trump and the Republicans are on a suicide mission together — and we'll all have to live with the fallout. Steve Pearlstein on the only thing that can stop Trump from turning Washington into a permanent Crazytown. Congressional Republicans can challenge Trump without fear — if they want to. Senate Democrats have the power to stop Trump — all they have to do is use it.

From Goldwater to Reagan and now Trump — but Americans will fight this latest brand of cartoon conservatism. A clarifying moment in American history: There should be nothing surprising about what Donald Trump has done in his first week — but he has underestimated the resilience of Americans and their institutions.

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