- 29 Nov 2020 19:56
Say what one will, when it's all said and done, President Trump could still be re-elected to a second term as President. No amount of stubborn denials, no amount of gaslighting and propaganda about particular details is going to diminish that very distinct possibility.
I say this now because I truly believe that President Trump-regardless of what I personally think about his Presidency or not-was the subject of an attempt to illegally overturn the results of the election and deliver more votes to Joe Biden. Of course given the nature of modern American politics, there were probably attempts on the part of his campaign to do the same, suppress votes and so forth, but the results are what they are. It reminds me of the Presidential election of 1824 which cheated Andrew Jackson out of the Presidency, or the Presidential election of 1877 where the clear winner Gov. Tilden was beaten by Hayes, both contingent elections I might add.
I suspect that the 2020 election will be a contingent election too, before this is all over and done.
Now here's the interesting thing for me, regardless of whether I'm wrong or right about the attempted election steal of 2020; Trump could well have lost anyway, looking at the polling data past couple weeks, he alienated a significant part of the voting demographic who voted for him decisively in 2016; white male voters who make less than 100/k a year, and who are usually registered independents and are politically ''Centrist'', that is, economically ''liberal'' and ''conservative'' on the social issues. Trump alienated them with his lurch to the Right, with all the cringe pandering to minorities who were never going to give Trump enough votes to matter, and the grifters and loons who infest Trump's Administration and campaign and the new ''Right'' in general. They got turned off by the Country Club Republicanism in practice and an open floor to all the cranks, retards, conspiracy theorists, and hucksters now infesting the GOP. Turned off by a domestic donor class first policy and a Israeli/Saudi first foreign policy.
Does that sound like a contradiction, holding to an attempted steal and affirming Trump lost anyway? No, they aren't exclusive ideas, when you think about it.
Since neither Presidential candidate is fully what I would wish for, I have no hope for one over the other exactly, I can live well under either a renewed Trump Administration or a Biden Administration, with a slight preference for Biden because of Iran and the American illegal occupation of part of sovereign Syrian territory, but neither excites my enthusiasm for sure.
What concerns me are the excited and the enthusiastic voters, this election. That's why I post this, because of the political toxicity and hatreds engendered in 2020. For whatever reason, whether social pathologies caused by COVID-19 and everything associated with it, and an totally insane media stoking the passions of hysterical conservatives and liberals alike, it is a serious problem.
But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and perhaps, like a chess-player, is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself.