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The performative bickering of Kellyanne and George Conway: What's the end game?

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I had been convinced that there was no odder couple than my parents, who've long been separated and whose personalities and livelihoods could not be more divergent, until conservative lawyer turned chronic President Trump critic George Conway began to gain popularity for his fervent and relentless Trump takedowns, on social media and in op-eds, despite the fact that he is married to Kellyanne Conway, one of Trump's closest aides.

The tension hit a boiler point Tuesday when the president weighed in with a typical insult, calling Conway a "total loser" on Twitter. Trump's attempt at a burn capped a deranged long weekend of incessant tweeting from the president, in which he took shots at the late Sen. John McCain, "Saturday Night Live," "the fake news media," Robert Mueller, Joe Biden, and offered a strong defense for Fox News' Jeanine Pirro, whose show was pulled off air after she made despicable Islamaphobic comments about Rep. Ilham Omar.

So it's been a busy few days for the president, but he never misses an opportunity to clap back at his critics with elementary school taunts, even one married to one of his own employees.

But as Trump's Twitter fingers moved at a mile a minute this weekend, George Conway suggested the response was indicative of the president's declining mental state with the succinct assessment, "His condition is getting worse." Conway also retweeted an endless roll of Trump criticisms, many of which remarked on the unusual volume of vitriol coming from the president's Twitter account.

Conway began sprinkling in more of his own commentary on Monday when CNN commentator Ana Navarro-Cárdenas........

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