There was a time when a phrase typed by the mighty fingers of Donald Trump would shock world leaders, swing markets and send public opinion into convulsions. But those awesome powers have shrunk considerably since Election Day. Responses that once quaked with "What does this mean for the planet?" have relaxed into "Oh, it's him again."
That speech to Congress now seems forever ago. Reading the words off a teleprompter, Donald Trump sounded normal, even presidential. Stern critics opined that he had "turned a corner" and transformed into a serious president. Come the weekend, however, Trump turned another corner, this time into a dark dead end. Trump was back to his Saturday morning habit of firing a fusillade of baseless inflammatory tweets.
The punditry remains obsessed over Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and their alleged boss, Donald Trump. Who's controlling whom? And the world's still fascinated by Trump's appalling and entertaining antics—as confusion runs riot in the executive branch.