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If you’re a nightly TV satirist, these constant Trump rallies are comedy gold – in that very sick vein we have learned to expect from POTUS. The notion that he might tone himself down or behave like a normal, rational political leader would be devastating news to the late-night television industry.

It seemed to be a real risk in the wake of the attempted bomb attacks against Obama, the Clintons, and several other American liberals.

“Do you see how nice I’m behaving tonight?” Trump demanded at his Wisconsin event on Thursday. “We’re all behaving very well, and hopefully we can keep it that way.” Which might have upset Seth Meyers, except that he and everyone else knew that Trump was full of it, as always.

Seth moves briskly on to Trump’s fake “middle-class tax cut,” promised before November. Is the president so stupid that he doesn’t realize Congress isn’t in session? Or is he simply lying? He and the Republicans are now lying constantly about pre-existing conditions protection in health care, too.

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

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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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