Political science is without much value this week. For the sake of your health, listen to me: put reason aside and just give up on your game theory. This will save you time. Most efforts to understand the impulses of Washington DC must only be led right now by the simplest psychology. Which is to say, just know that they’ve all gone barking inside the Beltway. Almost all of them.
The President-elect, of course, has been openly bonkers for some time. This is a guy who seems to get as riled about casting decisions in superhero movies as he does about Chinese trade. It’s nice that he has everyday interests, I guess. But when there is no way for the people to tell if he’s only as angry about Chinese President Xi Jinping as he is about whichever guy next fills Batman’s tights, foreign policy is bound to become a deadly cartoon adventure.