On Wednesday night, House Republicans met to discuss the schism at the heart of the Grand Old Party. In the process, they firmly resolved to do nothing about it.

They chose instead to support Liz Cheney, the House’s third most powerful figure in the minority, who had committed the sin of voting to impeach the former President. Thus they made a principled stand, which was rendered almost meaningless when half of them then stood to applaud Marjorie Taylor Greene, the high profile embodiment of the QAnon wing of the party. The contrast is almost metaphysical in its profundity, like Andrew Marvel’s ‘Dialogue Between the Body and the Soul’ dramatized for cable news:

O who shall, from this dungeon, raise
A soul enslav’d so many ways?