Sometimes it’s specific, some kind of corrupt alliance; other
times it’s amorphous, some kind of inexplicable hold Putin has
over Trump by force of personality. But the kind of people who
never said this kind of thing are saying it now. Somehow the
President is compromised. Putin has something on him; or he has
tempted his avarice with something. But there’s simply no innocent
explanation for what we’re seeing.
That’s the shift. The Monday press conference made cautious,
prominent people start to come to grips with the reality that
Donald Trump, as crazy as it sounds and as difficult as it may
be to believe, is under some kind of influence or control by a
foreign adversary power, whether by fear or avarice or some
As yet, there’s little difference of behavior from elected
Republicans. And I don’t expect any. What veteran foreign policy
or diplomatic hands say on CNN is not the most important thing.
But I think they are indicators of a change, a change of
perception I expect is occurring among many who can’t yet speak.
I think Marshall is right. I don’t know what will come of it, but something changed this week.