The more analysis I read, the more I believe this. There are a lot of scary things in that link. Make no mistake, the damage is done and we are in crisis mode, but we have to remember he does not have the 60 votes in the Senate he needs to unequivocally confirm an SC Justice, or do whatever the fuck he wants otherwise. He cannot violate the constitution without amending it, requiring allies he does not have - one more justice on his side won’t change that. He can chip away at, but not immediately overturn Roe v. Wade, Obergefell, and the ACA. Chip aways are setbacks but not disasters. He is also already showing signs of softening his positions.

As we move out of the emotional fog, we can start remembering that many of these things we fear are contestable - we have allies in Congress and in the Court. The teams of lawyers who made gay marriage legal and protect the vulnerable among us are still here and mobilized.

We have government, we have a system, and we can fuck up Trump’s ambitions. His promises are extreme and sweeping and that is just not how our government operates.

There’s also the fact that he’s setting up a whole web of illegal conflicts of interest. He is either going to have to stop - and his plans be shaken up - or held to the letter of the law.

I think the most important thing we can hope for, as well, is that this will all disillusion his voting base come 2018.