Serious people in Washington are seduced by vapid and self-serving accounts of their savvy operation of the machinery of government—works like Bob Woodward’s latest exercise in extended stenography Fear: Trump in the White House. The problem with Trump—for defenders of the establishment political order that helped make his presidency possible—is precisely that he’s not a man like John McCain, a bloodthirsty and world-historically successful self-mythologizer. Patrick Blanchfield on his review of Fear in n+1 and obituary of John McCain in The Baffler.
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