A recurring, if pathological, theme in Donald Trump's life has been one of overcoming impossible odds to achieve public victory. Combine that with an insatiable need to be the center of attention and hog every bit of the media's spotlight, and you can easily see how the president has arrived to this spot.
Jonah Goldberg pines for "The Good Old Days" of Trump's presidency, claiming "[this] is as good as it gets." As Obi Wan told Luke Skywalker, that's true, from a certain perspective. But from another perspective, this is only the beginning.
That perspective would be the president himself's, shared with his core followers, those who root for him against all odds, and the greater the odds, the harder they root. Trump soaks this up like a Sith lord feeds on anger. He feeds on the hate of those who despise him most, and uses that energy to fire up his base to do--darn well whatever he tells them.
This brings us to the current question of whether Trump will now fire special counsel Robert Mueller. I believe, yes, yes he will. And he's just getting started.
Goldberg's colleague at National Review, Kyle Smith, wrote of the GOP's "coming shellacking." Many other pundits, including Erick Erickson, this site's owner, agree that the signs are all pointing to a Republican rout in 2018. And Trump is just fine with that, because it sets up the next act in his ongoing reality show.
If you remember, during the campaign, I compared Trump to a producer making a Rocky movie, with Trump himself as Rocky. He succeeded in this, beating the odds when it seemed completely impossible for him to win against Hillary Clinton. Now, from the perspective of her loss, we see exactly how bad a candidate she was, but Trump is willing to give her way more credit than she deserves, if it makes his victory all the more glorious.
This is the same pattern we will see with the deposed cast of characters at the defunct Trump Justice League: Comey, McCabe, and soon, Mueller, will coalesce opposition and build to a climax, segueing into Trump's dream TV. We will see the unparalleled spectacle of the president's impeachment hearings, live and 24/7. Of course, Trump will speak, tweet, and personally humiliate both friend and foe.
Then, when it seems like all is lost, Trump will win and be exonerated. Maybe Vladimir Putin himself will testify. The ratings will go through the roof, surpassing even the Super Bowl and the Oscars (both of which are flagging in the bright light of Trump's media war). This is Trump's true legacy. Yes, he cares about trade wars, and taxes, and people not dying in the streets. He cares about students not being killed at schools. He cares about soldiers fighting endless wars 10,000 miles away. He really does care--from a certain perspective.
But what Trump really cares about is Making America Great Again through great, compelling television, in which one Donald J. Trump is the star, the hero, and the mythical demigod who overcomes impossible odds to achieve glorious victory.
We saw Act I in the campaign. This first year was Act II. And now that Trump is firmly established in his office, we'll see that he's just getting started.