Bless the New York Times.
Just at the moment when a lot of us are having a new type of emotional disturbance over our Horror — no government, no president, awful things being done — because we are getting desperate for something to happen, fast…
Not only does it catch us up on the wild variety of characters involved, including all the merry Russians, it links each to his and her role in the debacle.
Lots of fun stuff you can do with this lineup:
- Do a Who’s Going To Be Indicted list. I don’t know how sports fans do brackets, but I can imagine a betting sheet here. Talk among yourselves about this.
- Tag which characters are afflicted with the Dunning-Kruger Effect. This list might overlap the first one. (And here’s Michelle Goldberg, citing Dunning-Kruger in her column about Jared and Ivanka.)
- Tag which characters are afflicted with one or more serious psychological syndromes. Do not eschew sociopathy.
- See if you can find any one of these creatures whom you’d invite over for high tea.
I’m sure you can devise more games from this astounding collection of reprobates, scoundrels and dimwits.
The good news? None of them, even bunched in a conspiracy with the rest of them, has the smarts to overturn our system of government.