The election that might have been

The powers that be decided that Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders were not acceptable nominees.  So instead of having a political discussion in 2016 we’re talking about which is worse, a self-obsessed sex fiend or a lying criminal.  It’s a tough choice.

In most elections people ask themselves, What’s best for me?  If you’re one of those suburban Republican women that Trump desperately needs, you may have a 401(k) or some other stock market investments.  When Comey cleared Clinton of wrongdoing on Sunday, the market took that as a sign that she was out of the woods, and Trump wasn’t going to win.  As a result, the market today broke an extended losing streak, and jumped 2%.  At least in the short term, people will think  a Clinton win is good for stocks, and this will help her.

But what I think puts her over the top is the danger of radical change that Trump represents.  Women in particular dread uncertainty.  I remember reading somewhere that prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind is more disposed to suffer, when Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed.  Trump is just too unpredictable for a lot of people, especially women like Babbie.  He’s a nut.

It seems like a while since we had any urban riots or terror attacks.  Probably just a coincidence.  But the relative calm we’re experiencing is helping Clinton, so it may be somehow intentional.  Julian Assange has said that Trump will not be allowed to win the election.  Dark forces may be at work, it seems to me, but that’s just a hunch.

As always, the Philadelphia Democratic machine will steal the election in Pennsylvania.  Voting in black precincts will exceed a 100% turnout.  And all across the rust belt, excepting Ohio, fearful suburban Republican women will counteract angry white working class men.

But the wizards at 538.com now say, for the first time, that Republicans are favored to keep the Senate, barely.  Article V’ers are hoping to flip the Kentucky House, and have a shot in the legislatures of Maine, Minnesota and Washington.  Or we could lose the Colorado Senate, and be faced with another possible rescission.  The fact that the R’s may keep the Senate is a good sign for all down ballot Republicans.

Today is our 45th, and Babbie and I are off to see “Hacksaw Ridge”.  Before I met and married her, I’d seen a fair amount of trouble in my life.  It’s been smooth sailing ever since.  It’s like it was meant to be.

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