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Election day eve, 2 November 2020. It’s been a crazy ride so far, though honestly, it could have been worse. There’s been a lot of wild talk, and a number of, shall we say, unfortunate incidents. However, there hasn’t been any widespread violence, no political assassinations, no bombings. So knock on wood, if it doesn’t get any worse than this, we’ll be just fine. Most of my friends and acquaintances are (quietly) expecting that Trump will suffer an undeniable and humiliating defeat in tomorrow’s election, and be dragged off tweeting into the sunset. Most Trump supporters appear to be expecting another Trump win. And I guess they plan to jubilantly block freeways if they do.

So maybe we’ll muddle through. That being said, the possibility of extreme ugliness can’t be ruled out. The partisanship has reached a toxic level all around. This is some good research on the topic: New Research Finds Democrats and Republicans Hate the Other Side More Than They Love Their Own. And the problem is that their view of the other side is, well, a dark fantasy. Trump has been promoting the idea (popular since the 90s) that the Dems are all pedophile loving communists who want to turn America into Venezuela. And far too many Democrats think Trump supporters are all knuckle dragging racists who want to reinstate slavery and witch burning. Neither view is particularly conducive to finding common ground, and historically this level of insane partisanship does often lead to very bad things. So we’re not out of the woods yet.

Trump is still the central figure in all this. He’s a once in a generation (at best) leader who inspires blind devotion and adulation in his fans. So he has a huge amount of power, if he calls on his supporters to do something, they will likely do it. That alone is cause for concern among the sober minded. Add that to the fact that he’s, well, unpredictable? He has an unrealistically high opinion of himself,  narcissist certainly applies. And I dunno, he does seem to be getting more, unhappy? This article made me think, just ignore the progressive hyperbole: Famed psychologist: Trump’s worsening Twitter mania and extreme grandiosity show he is mentally unraveling. The point they made that made me think,  Trump pretty much lives in the present. Not only can he not empathize with what other people are experiencing, he can’t even imagine himself in other circumstances. The example they gave was during the debate Trump and Biden were asked what they would tell the American people in a hypothetical inaugural address. Biden had no problem with the question, Trump was apparently unable to articulate anything.

To me that in some senses is the essence of being an adult human. The ability to imagine oneself in another’s shoes, or oneself in different circumstances. I can’t imagine that any real communication or relationship with other people is possible without this ability. And I am guessing Trump doesn’t have it. I was wondering about his wife today. Is there any doubt that she is anything but a trophy wife? He married her because she was the hottest woman on the planet, and all the other men would be jealous? Trump not understanding that only men with an emotional age of 13 would be impressed by that?

So random ramblings on the night before … whatever happens. Trump has surrounded the White House with an unscalable wall. Most expensive election campaign in history, fourteen billion dollars, twice the 2016 election?! Voter turnout at unprecedented levels if mail in ballots are any indication. The BBC, ever the champion of the “everything is fine” line, sees 3 possible scenarios: US election 2020: Three election headlines you could wake up to. Their three scenarios: Biden wins, Trump wins, and Biden completely blows Trump out of the water. All three are possible, and consistent with established norms.

I think we’re long past established norms. I’m still going with “Trump will declare he won.” and the actual voting doesn’t matter. As recent reading has confirmed, what the Supreme Court did in 2000 was a horrifying precedent. They basically cancelled the Florida recount and declared Bush the winner. And I think that’s how it will happen again. Trump will declare he won, and within days if not hours, the Senate and the SCOTUS will affirm Trump’s claim. The actual votes don’t matter, the constitutional (not really) mandate will be satisfied.

Gonna be a fun post tomorrow. I hope. I’m in an online watch party, I will blog as I am able. A far cry from 2016 when I paid the election no heed. Didn’t need to, my housemate screaming in the late evening woke me up and clued me in as to the winner. This time, I will be watching. I may be screaming. Stay safe and sane everyone. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

Copyright © 2020 Doug Stych. All rights reserved.

(Image: Sunset with birds, Clear Lake Iowa. Credit: Copyright © 2020 Doug Stych. All rights reserved.)


Written by unitedcats

November 2, 2020 at 8:14 pm

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