But Democrats at least are taking some stock and working to clean their own house, while Republicans are rolling in the mud and reveling in it.

The lesson they seem to be taking is one parents will recognize as their children test the limits of authority: I didn’t do it, and anyways it doesn’t count and also he started it.

That’s even more pathetic now that Republicans are the authority — controlling the White House, Senate and House.

Expect worse to come next year as other pols, amidst real and weaponized accusations, pick up this the new, Trumpian playbook and menace members of the press as a way to appeal to deplorable voters whose sense of grievance has overwhelmed their sense of decency.