Folks, no matter where you fall on the political spectrum, it's been a difficult few weeks news-wise.
And now, we might all be forced to endure another public spectacle that no one asked for or expected ...
We're talking, of course, about a Josh Duggar comeback.
Yes, if you're a Duggar aficionado you might have noticed a lot more Josh in your life lately.
And, like everything else the Duggars do, that's 100 percent by design.
For years, there have been rumors of Jim Bob and Michelle helping their son to return to public life, and now it seems it's actually happening.
Perhaps they've been emboldened by the current political climate, or perhaps they simply feel enough time has passed that fans will have forgotten the severity of Josh's sex crimes.
Whatever the case, the effort to rebuild Josh's public image and welcome him back into the Duggar media empire has begun in earnest.
It started with Josh appearing in several Duggar Facebook posts back in September.
It continued as Josh and Anna celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their engagement this month -- as though that's actually something people celebrate.
Those festivities prompted rumors that Josh and Anna's marriage is a sham, as Anna appeared undeniably miserable in all of the accompanying pics.
So that was an unexpected bump in the road of Josh's recovery, but Jim Bob is every bit the PR genius that Kris Jenner is, so he was well-prepared for the inevitable rumors that Josh and Anna are headed for divorce.
As In Touch Weekly reports, longtime Duggar family friend Josie Bates married Kelton Balka this week.
The Bates are reality "stars" in their own right (though not nearly as famous as the Duggars), so this qualified as a public event.
And that makes it the first time Josh and Anna have attended a non-family related public event since he was embroiled in multiple consecutive sex scandals back in 2015.
So you can bet it won't be long before Josh starts making appearances on Counting On again.
Will Duggar fans turn their backs on the family in protest?
We'd like to think so, but something tells us that won't be the case.