WHEN EVERYBODY’S DIRTY, IT’S HARD TO MAKE THE MUD STICK: Spare me your Donald Jr. indignation. “To be clear, none of this is okay. This isn’t an effort to justify Donald Jr.’s decisions. But politics is a dirty industry. Many of the people criticizing him have spent plenty of time playing in the mud. They could at least wipe themselves off before handing down hypocritical moral judgments on others.”

Given that we have the worst political class in our history, yelling “Trump is not normal!” doesn’t persuade. Given that our political class is also deeply corrupt and incompetent, calling Trump corrupt and incompetent doesn’t carry a lot of weight either. Given how many of them — *cough*Hillary*cough* — are on the take from foreign countries, the Russian thing seems like weak sauce. And given that everyone was hopped up to destroy him on any possible grounds as soon as their post-election hangovers started to recede, it’s easy to doubt the sincerity of Trump’s critics.