The swearing (in) is over, the March is done (and the hats I crocheted marched for me -- yay!)
And I have gone back into the previous 6 books of my series and layered in a corrupt government, an impeachment, an assassination, and a coup. That made me feel a lot better.
The good thing about the whole Government Mess is that I'm using it my book. I'm looking at what works and what doesn't (a lot of so-called checks & balances turned out to hinge on the integrity of the people involved, and there's not a lot of that being shown). I'm seeing who forms what groups, who steps up to resist, and so on.
So -- it's awful but it's useful. Or as Mom used to say, "UBU: ugly but useful"
Keep calm and take notes. That's my new mantra.