Barr’s Brain

What goes on in the brain of Attorney General William Barr? Why would a man so well-educated and financially secure be willing to betray his oath of office and defy the Constitution in order to aide and perpetuate in power a blustering, ignorant, narcissistic aspiring autocrat who has the heart and the soul of a thug?

I think the answer is that Barr, a religious nationalist, finds psychic satisfaction in the notion of a society governed by higher authority, and he recognized that Trump was an instrument he could take in hand to pursue that goal. What I don’t think Barr realizes is that he himself is in the grip of a higher authority, a dangerous cerebral condition over which he has no control.