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As Stephen Colbert reminds us in the wake of fascist terror, hate is not what America stands for. And he finds the good amid the evil.

But of course then there’s Trump, unavoidably.

“Naturally in times like this, the nation looks to its president for comfort and guidance,” observes the Late Show host. “That’s our first mistake.”

On the evening of the Pittsburgh massacre Trump held one of his egregious rallies, but he had an explanation — complete with self-aggrandizing footnote — which he articulated at the rally he should have canceled.

It turns out that there are a few laughs to be wrung from the spectacle of our clownish president, even now — but not without wincing.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, left, and former President Donald Trump.

Photo by Kevin McCarthy (Public domain)

In the professional stratum of politics, few verities are treated with more reverence than the outcome of next year's midterm, when the Republican Party is deemed certain to recapture majorities in the House and Senate. With weary wisdom, any pol or pundit will cite the long string of elections that buttress this prediction.

Political history also tells us that many factors can influence an electoral result, including a national crisis or a change in economic conditions — in other words, things can change and even midterm elections are not entirely foretold. There have been a few exceptions to this rule, too.

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