Somewhere Republicans are measuring Donald Trump for a straitjacket. Republican senator Bob Corker's mocking of the Trump White House as an "adult day care center" seems to have made it acceptable to question the Lunatic in Chief's sanity.
One well-placed military officer aware of high-level discussions confirmed Corker's account.
He described in an off-the-record chat with The Canadian Press how senior brass work constantly to block the worst ideas from the White House for fear of escalating tensions and provoking war.
He cited three indispensable players and offered a dark prognosis of what should happen if chief of staff John Kelly, Defence Secretary James Mattis, or National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster left government: "Start panicking."
Even Trump's pitbull, Mike Huckabee's kid, Sarah Sanders is losing the page. Asked if Trump has alienated Congress, she flopped around and said, "I think Congress alienated themselves by not getting the job done that the people of this country elected them to do."
On NAFTA, even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is slamming Trump.
The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce expressed concern Tuesday that the negotiations have been designed to fail. Tom Donohue singled out his own country's proposals — for auto parts, for dispute resolution, for Buy American procurement rules, and for a sunset clause that could terminate NAFTA after five years.
"There are several poison pill proposals still on the table that could doom the entire deal.... All of these proposals are unnecessary and unacceptable," Donohue said, according to a prepared text.
"Ladies and gentlemen, we've reached a critical moment. And the chamber has had no choice but ring the alarm bells."
There's this recurrent theme of having arrived at a 'critical moment.'
Foreign Affairs minister, Christia Freeland, echoed the crisis theme.
"(The postwar order) has really worked. With time it has embraced more and more people into a peaceful, prosperous world. It's been great. And that order is starting to fracture. As a result, we're seeing tensions in lots of different places."
She mentioned North Korea as one example.
Her comments come with official Washington on edge, on multiple fronts. Corker's comments have yanked away the curtain on a conversation that has been rampant in Washington for months. In private, and in off-the-record chats, numerous Republicans criticize the president and fret about instability.