as noted elsewhere, I have no way of knowing the extent of his self awareness but have to find some irony in the fact that he's quietly presiding over a circus that is of his making as much as anyone.
Might be a whole lotta Hail Marys and Our Fathers in his future? Or not.
Now at the juncture where the 40 year quest of the Movement Republicans (that he was an essential achievement in) has been hijacked into a pathological mutation.
It never had any moral or ethical foundation other than seeking power, but I have to think that most of the soldiers somehow believed that the institutions were robust enough that they could do a lot of fiddling without Rome burning.