Welcome to My Worm Hole

Every now and then I have a “moment.” It tends to come when I realize that the Republican Party of the United States of American has nominated a guy to lead the most powerful nation on the planet who talks like this:

When those moments hit, I literally get speechless. I subsequently see headlines that talk about how the polls are narrowing or about pundits trying to suss out what a President Trump would REALLY do on immigration and imagine that I must have fallen into some worm hole in which an alternate reality exists simply to mock us.

This can’t really be happening, can it?

Rather than run from those moments, I suspect that they should be embraced as times of moral clarity. Anything beyond shock at what is happening seems to be how all of this insanity becomes “normalized.”

Of course, being speechless doesn’t jive well with having a job where I am supposed to write about politics – especially the current election. But I need to do this every now and then…remind myself and readers that what is going on is shocking. By definition that makes it unacceptable to contemplate. And yet it’s happening. Welcome to my worm hole. Surely I’m not the only one who feels this way, am I?

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.