It was only a matter of time before the loudest fly in the neighborhood found the biggest turd in the trash can. Hearing Micahel Avenatti has found another accuser in the Brett Kavanaugh saga is like discovering that a hooker isn't wearing any underwear: inevitable, unsurprising and mildly nauseating.

There was a time when journalism adhered to standards: of evidence, of sourcing, of credibility, of decency. Even a decade ago, reporting this sham of a statement might have been debated in the board rooms of the National Enquirer. Now, the Associated Press and New York Times dutifully report this junk even while confirming that no evidence is presented, the accuser is unavailable for comment, there are no corroborating witnesses and there are not even any specific allegations tied to the nominee other than that he drank beer. Her statement might have said "I'm sure that Elvis is still alive because I saw a dude about his height and weight dressed in rhinestones walking into a 7/11 in Wyoming in 1988."None of that matters because the Generation Twitter seems to rarely gets past the headline these days.

Let's not forget that the attorney bringing these accusations has a history of conflict with the president, has announced his own aspirations for the White House and has ascended to "prominence" by battling a non-disclosure agreement for his porn star client so she can speak publicly about the size and shape of the um... executive branch. He's the guy who keeps farting loudly with his armppits  in the back of the classroom to get everyone to look at him. The problem is, we've become a generation that can't stop looking.

George Will rightly points out that the first law of contemporary politics is "there is no such thing as rock bottom." Indeed. There is a lot of argument over whether Trump is a symptom or a cause of this decline. It's a little bit of both, actually. His election was certainly a reflection of the frustration many felt with the previous president's arrogant dismissal of other elected officials and traditional executive functions all while presenting an air of decorum. Trump has shown a similar disdain for anyone who doesn't adore his existence while demonstrating a physical incapacity of anything resembling decorum.

The breakdown of tradition in the Senate is equally appalling. Reid's use of the nuclear option, McConnell's extending of it while ignoring Merrick Garland and the general Senate's inability to pass comprehensive budgets, cross the aisle for bipartisan negotiations and even speak of eachother without sounding like fourth graders takling about that kid they hate at recess are all contributing factors.