I've the Pollyana gene, no doubt inherited from my mother. In that spirit I'd like to remind people that things have been bad before. Erik Loomis at Lawyers, Guns and Money reposts a Kansas City Star reprint of a 1973 Art Buchwald column, providing a list of canned excuses to be used by defenders of Richard Nixon. The content and logic apply as well for today's defenders of our President.
Bottomline, we survived Tricky Dick regardless of the damage he did to our institutions; we'll survive Don the Despicable.