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Witcover: Two parties and a president, all at sea

Witcover: Two parties and a president, all at sea

The latest breakdown in American law and order, seen in the Charlottesville, Va., street violence, parallels a broader political breakdown in the country. The two major parties are simultaneously struggling to restore their traditional roles in our democratic system under an outsider president who pays only lip service to its basic tenets.

President Trump in his first seven months has treated his lofty office as a personal playground. He is trying to run it as if it were another business operation, tightly controlled for personal profit and self-aggrandizement much like his real estate and branding empire.

The customary moderating influence of the parties on the president's...

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