During the primaries, when I was reluctant to support him, I was reassured that my fear was overblown because Congress would hold him accountable should he win, and if Congress failed, then the voters would. I found neither argument reassuring. Later, watching the vote at the general convention I knew my concerns were well founded. The GOP players were who we thought they were: bald power preservationists. There would be no holding anyone accountable. There would be a rally to the strong man.
Those of us who refused to vote for him became “traitors” and when he did win, “we will hold him accountable” became “shut up and stop bitching”. Even loyal opposition jeopardizes progress, they berate us. Well, it doesn’t take much of that before the loyal opposition becomes simply the opposition.