'Fire and Fury' is the book we got, not the one we needed
The former would make them fools. The latter would make them something worse.
The book America wanted and needed might have answered that question. The book America got gives a media-hating president a new cudgel with which to batter honest reporters seeking to unearth inconvenient truths.
Not that even a factually impeccable book would have told us much we don't already know. We already know that where Lincoln had a "team of rivals," Trump has a team of incompetents. We already know that the biggest incompetent is the self-described "stable genius" himself, who once said he had no idea being president would be so hard.
But a book organizes what you know in linear form. There's something about seeing it laid out in black and white, authoritatively analyzed and indexed, that affirms, confirms and makes it official.
That's the book we want. That's the book America needs. But that book has yet to be published.
Where have you gone, Bob Woodward? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
(Leonard Pitts is a columnist for The Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132. Readers may contact him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.)