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My liberal friends are relieved. I am terrified.

Democratic voters got what they wanted last Saturday: the electoral defeat of Donald Trump.

By this time next year, if not sooner, Joe Biden’s win will look like a Pyrrhic victory.

Rather than pushing an affirmative platform of policy proposals, Biden’s entire campaign boiled down to opposition to Trump. This is the first time that a purely negative campaign has unseated an incumbent president.

I was skeptical of Biden’s decision to target disaffected anti-Trump Republican swing voters rather than shore up the progressive base, but it worked. That’s why he won personally yet didn’t have coattails in the House (where Dems lost seats), Senate or state races. Many Republican voters, tired of Trump’s tweets and disgusted by his COVID-19 buffoonery, voted straight red except for crossing party lines for President-elect Biden.

Going forward, there are several reasons to be scared.

First: Trump isn’t gone. He isn’t the quiet type. Coupled with his refusal to concede the race, Trump’s silence and that of his MAGA supporters is spooky. As previously discussed in this space, Trump is a desperate man fighting for his freedom. On Jan. 20, he loses executive immunity, becoming exposed to the New York prosecutors who are gunning for him on bank fraud, tax fraud and insurance fraud charges that will probably land him in prison for the rest of his life. He will do anything — wouldn’t you? — to avoid that fate.

Trump’s Plan A, I believe, is his flurry of lawsuits related to supposed voter fraud and vote-counting irregularities. Trump doesn’t care about winning his cases. He wants to run out the clock by delaying ballot certifications past the Dec. 14 Electoral College deadline in enough states in order to trigger the 12th Amendment, which could/would grant him a second term via a vote in the new House of Representatives. Trump’s legal filings probably won’t prevail. But his odds are better than zero. This is why so few GOP politicians have broken rank — they know the SOB isn’t yet done for.

Plan B, because there is no other option that leaves him in the White House and thus out of prison, is for Trump to declare some sort of “state of emergency” in response to a real or imagined crisis (antifa, coronavirus, the Islamic State group, the election having been “stolen”). It’d be martial law, tanks in the streets, stay in your homes or you will be shot, we’ll figure out the election later … much later … never.

On-and-off Trump crony Roger Stone recently suggested that Trump invoke the 1807 Insurrection Act, declare martial law, arrest Harry Reid, Mark Zuckerberg, the Clintons and journalists. Trump himself threatened to use it to crush the Black Lives Matter movement this past summer.

ORDER IT NOW

His armed redneck MAGA brigades may be deputized as the coup’s paramilitaries “to protect law and order.” He could pull it off; liberals are wimps, and Trump has widespread support among local police forces and sizable support among the white nationalists and other reactionaries within the military. On the other hand, a presidential attack on democracy could unite the left and the mainstream right.

There might not be a coup. Trump might slink off into the night or fly into Saudi exile. Point is, I won’t breathe easily until he’s gone on Jan. 20.

If that happens, Joe Biden’s problems begin. And ours become immeasurably worse.

Republicans will probably retain control of the Senate. Anyone remotely familiar with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell knows that it will be impossible to pass big-ticket Democratic legislation. The $15-per-hour federal minimum wage, public option for Obamacare, partial student loan forgiveness and anything that approaches a Green New Deal are all dead on arrival.

Biden hasn’t even taken the oath of office yet. But he is already the lamest of all lame ducks. Progressives will protest and attack Biden from the left, arguing that his centrist campaign failed to generate the Blue Wave necessary to get big things done. (They will be right.) Centrists, seeing that Biden’s presidency is doomed, that Bidenism never meant anything and will never accomplish more than to simply exist, will resign themselves to apathy.

The country will be in big trouble. It will have been over half a year since the last infusion of economic stimulus. Unemployment will be soaring; the long-term unemployed will face evictions and foreclosures; the sagging housing market will begin to collapse; and securities markets, which have managed to teeter along through COVID, will start to feel the pain. And the coronavirus will be ravaging us through its second or third wave of death and disability, no vaccine yet available in an insane for-profit health care system.

Biden and the Democrats will be in the worst possible position. The pandemic will be raging, and the economy will be in depression. Democrats will be blamed for the mess left behind by Trump, but they won’t be able to do anything to try to fix it. They’ll complain about McConnell, but voters won’t listen.

Ordinary citizens will suffer the most. We need a huge stimulus package, but we’re not going to get one. Gridlock will prevent the U.S. government from doing anything to save the planet, the economy or us.

Or itself.

 
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  1. Sean says:

    Last weeks post about introducing his granddaughter as his son (amongst other things in the incident) has converted me to the idea he is mentally fading fast. Perhaps Trump with nothing to lose is speculating that delay could mean Biden’s debilitation or demise under the stress and exposure to infection he is now exposed to after being so isolated (reduced immunity). The President Elect’s interment before inauguration day would give a Trump legal challenge a great deal more legitimacy, because Biden would never have officially have been President or Harris VP, and it would suggest the Democrats lied about his condition. A catastrophic decline in Biden’s health in next few weeks is the only hope for Trump remaining President.

    However assuming Biden manages to get inaugurated, I cannot see Trump rolling the dice by defying the legally endorsed President because he could not last a week no matter what support he had from police and other armed civilians . The nearby and much deployed abroad in similar contexts, 1oth Mountain Division would be called out against him; no one can fight the regular army. I take a very different view from those who think he fears criminal prosecution or even tax court (no jury). Had there been a criminal prosecution of Hillary the favour might have been returned, but absent that, Dems having a landslide win, and Trump being too old for running again I cannot see Biden being in favour. What Harris might do as President is not so obvious to me, though I suspect we will find out in a year or so.

    Many Republican voters, tired of Trump’s tweets and disgusted by his COVID-19 buffoonery, voted straight red except for crossing party lines for President-elect Biden.

    My understanding is white men were the only demographic whose votes he got fewer of this time. Trump said two decades ago that he gets on better with women because they are “tougher and smarter”. Biden was well advised to harp on the “fine people” (Charlottesville was mainly male rightists of course) accusation against Trump and by implication anyone who supported him. Rittenhouse likely didn’t help ward off that perception.

    I think the mainstream media got into the heads of white men supporting Trump, not all of them flipped, but enough did to lose Trump the election. They were so affected by being called vile racists they were dissuaded from voting for Trump. and now are doubtless exhibiting cognitive dissonance about exactly why they voted for Biden. Slings and arrows of the vast majority of the outrageous MSM made a non-trivial proportion of white men balk at voting for Trump this time. The alternative–to think the female of the species are putty in his hands for some peculiar reason–is a little far fetched.

    Biden and the Democrats will be in the worst possible position. The pandemic will be raging, and the economy will be in depression

    Pandemic may be tailing off by the end of winter but it is difficult to see the economy not suffering in the way you describe. I think Harris is praying that Biden gets through three years in office and does the heavy lifting, then she can become the historic female and product of the union of two non European first generation immigrants President. She would have an excellent chance of being elected if she goes in as sitting president, LBJ was the only Dem to take the white vote.

    Ordinary citizens will suffer the most. We need a huge stimulus package, but we’re not going to get one. Gridlock will prevent the U.S. government from doing anything to save the planet, the economy or us.

    Biden likely thinks he can go down as the greatest president of modern times, and he isn’t in really bad heath for his age. This is an old man in a hurry; I think he will be able to achieve a lot because–quite uniquely–he knows he is a one termer and he will be more worried about his legacy more that helping the Democrat party.

  2. Mikael_ says:

    Well I don’t know about On-and-off Trump crony Roger Stone,
    but On-and-off Trump crony Ted Rall’s blabberings are just numbingly contrived attempts at 85 D chess and therefore incredibly dull.

    I can only state:
    Ted, if you have a point, feel free to make it!

  3. @Mikael_

    You’re right. There seems no point to Ted Rall.
    If UR has to have a cartoonist, Scott Adams would be much better.
    Probably much too expensive, though.

  4. yurivku says:

    Things went the best possible way. US has got what it sold to other countries – color revolution, vote faux, civil unrest etc. For Russia and the other world it’s just fun to see how they are twisting in order to prove the US way democracy is ideal. That’s just wonderful orchestration of rotten Empire’s death.
    Strange enough, but nobody are crying “Russian did it”, even if we wished we could not do better.

    Now, I believe, the murikans should show the word what for they bought so much weapons.
    Good luck and give us more wonderful stories like that https://independentminute.com/2020/11/14/dominion-voting-official-admits-they-can-change-votes-video/

  5. Hans says:

    Dear Ted, when I was a liberal we knew the media was full of shit and that electronic voting machines were in place to steal elections. WTF happened to you old friend?

    PCR testing = “pandemic”? Are you shitting me?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  6. Miro23 says:

    Ordinary citizens will suffer the most. We need a huge stimulus package, but we’re not going to get one. Gridlock will prevent the U.S. government from doing anything to save the planet, the economy or us.

    The US doesn’t need an huge stimulus package, or have the federal government trying to save the planet or the economy. The present US government is little more than a huge set of special interest feeding troughs – accepted that some of them have different names, “stimulus package”, “save the planet”, “save the economy” etc.

    Washington has to disappear, with the power, money and responsibility returned to county/state level. Then citizens have to get serious about their local democracy and engage in informed issue by issue voting covering their own budget/schools/healthcare/justice/taxation/immigration.

  7. @Mikael_

    Mr. Rall is only here because Mr. Unz felt compelled to replace Tom Engelhardt with another lightweight, NPRoggy columnist. A complement to the “Conservatives” like Pat Buchanan and Michelle Malkin, he fusses around an edge or two of, but still reinforces, Establishment narratives.

    • Disagree: Sean
    • Thanks: Mikael_
  8. Wyatt says:

    I am terrified.

    Good.

  9. anon[222] • Disclaimer says:

    Yes, both parties lost. The winner was the criminal enterprise that set up this beauty pageant. Biden got himself installed by sucking CIA dick for years and years.

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/joe-biden-love-affair-cia/5729520

    There will be no gridlock in terms of what CIA wants: impunity and transnational organized crime.

  10. Juri says:

    I think that repressions will be not limited by Donald and his nearest coworkers but become widespread.

    After 4 years of horror every last progressive agrees that to avoid future Nazi insurrection, it is time to take serious measures to finish off Nazism once and for all.

    Nobody wants shock like 2016 anymore and this means that when Donald falls, things may go really ugly. Like post WW II Germany in the best case or post 1917 Russia in the worst case.

  11. haha says:

    “Democratic voters got what they wanted last Saturday: the electoral defeat of Donald Trump”.
    To be more accurate the Dems got what they wanted: the ability to swing elections by rigging, media cover-up, and outright coercion.” Even if the rigging was marginal and the election more or less fair, the coercive power of media and social media is now out on full display.

    “Coupled with his (Trump’s) refusal to concede the race, Trump’s silence and that of his MAGA supporters is spooky.”
    Well, should he concede just because the Dems and their media shout that he should? The legal process isn’t over yet, and there are plenty of reasons for the legal challenge to be at least heard out in a court of law. What is spooky is not Trump and his supporters but the insistence that he fade away.

    Don’t you fools realize that what Biden and his gang will be inheriting will be a diminished, tarnished Presidency tainted by doubts of legitimacy? Not that Trump’s remaining would be any better. Four years of 24-7 attacks on the Presidency have made it into a throne of puppets.

    Problems galore lie ahead for America and its people: the death of the economy hastened by the pandemic and the shutdowns of economic activity; out of control streets cheered-on by an out of control oligarchy and their media; and the deficit – likely to grow even faster by the need for emergency social assistance.

    So what magical wand will Joe and the Dems wield to make these problems go away? Trump offered at least a convenient scapegoat to deflect anger. Now who will the Dems and their media blame?

    If ever there was a need for non-partisan, reason and fact-based politics it was now. And all you can do, Ted Rall and your ilk, is to fling more mud at Trump and threaten him with jail as you continue to elbow him out. Think, for God’s sake use the organ between your ears, as you preach for a one-party state. You may well get what you seek.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  12. Sean says:

    If UR has to have a cartoonist

    Going back decades, cartoonists of all political outlooks were always interested in Trump, and were much more realistic about his prospects of becoming president and what he would do in the White House than political analysts were. The UR needs Biden’s Scott Adams, and it’s got him in Rall.

    Biden in the White House is going to be no one’s puppet, he has the power to have his ideas put into practice, even though some of the ideas will be completely ‘off’ none will dare say that mere months after being given one of the most coveted appointments in the country by a new President. Reagan did some things at the summit with Gorby that horrified White House advisors. We need to get past this idea that only conspiracies have agency.

    Trump was outrageous in what he said, but in general he did not fully use the power that was available to him. Biden is an old man in a hurry and while his utterances will be bland, hemis likely to be far less wary about taking action. Rall is right, anything could happen with Biden.

    • Troll: Mikael_
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  13. Teddy.

    The electoral defeat of Trump?

    It ain’t over til it’s over, Teddy.

    Wait.

    It’s coming.

  14. @Hans

    Dear Ted, when I was a liberal we knew the media was full of 💩 and that electronic voting machines were in place to steal elections. WTF happened to you old friend?

    The smoking gun:

    Warren, Klobuchar, Wyden, and Pocan Investigate Vulnerabilities and Shortcomings of Election Technology Industry with Ties to Private Equity

    Note the domain name. And that the one Representative is from an eye of the storm, Madison.

    Rall knows the score perfectly. His position: 🙈 🙉 🙊

  15. @haha

    the shutdowns of economic activity; out of control streets cheered-on by an out of control oligarchy

    Mayor Lightfoot objected to some of the chaos. When it hit the high-end shops of Michigan Avenue. That right there tells you something.

    Don’t you fools realize that what Biden and his gang will be inheriting will be a diminished, tarnished Presidency tainted by doubts of legitimacy?

    America needs few things more than a good tarnishing of the Presidency. We have had seventy years of war without a Congressional declaration. The more peaceful presidents– Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Trump– are the targets of derision. As is Nixon, who, though much too slowly, did get us out of Vietnam.

    What happened at the Watergate Hotel in 1972 destroyed a presidency, but is a but a raindrop compared to the toxic “blue wave” of 2020.

  16. Teddy, you are SOOOOOO gay, boss.

    STFU fag.

  17. Sulu says:

    Many Republican voters, tired of Trump’s tweets and disgusted by his COVID-19 buffoonery, voted straight red except for crossing party lines for President-elect Biden.

    A totally ridiculous statement. The election was stolen by obvious ballot stuffing which is outright fraud and treason. My greatest hope is that if the Supreme Court doesn’t have the balls to scream “fraud” and install Trump as the legitimate winner of the 2020 election that President Trump will pull out the military and have a “night of the long knives” American style. The political rot in this country goes deep and it will only be made right by the spilling of blood. The (((elite))) in this country presume themselves to be untouchable. What a joy it would be if they found out that they are not.

    Sulu

  18. @Sean

    Biden in the White House is going to be no one’s puppet, he has the power to have his ideas put into practice, even though some of the ideas will be completely ‘off’ none will dare say that mere months after being given one of the most coveted appointments in the country by a new President.
    Biden is an old man in a hurry…

    Yet, earlier, in *1, you say:

    Last weeks post about introducing his granddaughter as his son (amongst other things in the incident) has converted me to the idea he is mentally fading fast.

    The logical contradictions in your statements are there for all to see. You can’t deny it. The statements are barely 12 hours apart. Are there 2 guys who use the Sean moniker, taking turn about – one sensible, one not? Or is there some medical reason?
    Sean, are you (all) there ?

  19. Sean says:

    The logical contradictions in your statements are there for all to see

    An experienced person in a position of such power with an ever-attenuating ability to evaluate the clouded thoughts coming into his head must be unable to able to get subordinates to take action to further any foolhardy scheme he becomes obsessed with? The only person Biden cannot fire (although he could discredit her or stay on to his full term and not endorse her for President) is Harris, and she has very little authority of her own. The MSM are behind Biden and hungry for success stories about his administration, which is quite a contrast to the attitude to Trump.

    In addition to being new President having recently catapulted each member of his team into the most coveted jobs, so having to loyalist appointee running government departments, Biden will have the support of big business, the highest scientific-medical authorities, the diplomatic and intel services and the Army. This will mean Biden will have a great deal of leeway not given to Trump, who failed to put people in charge that owed him loyalty and knew enough about what they were doing to discourage politically motivated sabotage of government efforts (as with the vaccine announcement, and the army over BLM demos). Biden is going to have less critical views voiced on his proposals than Trump and Biden is going to get things done more easily than Trump. Who knows what Biden may get it in his head to do?

  20. I wish that Trump be put in prison. After US going to the dogs, Trump in prison would be perfect trigger for starting civil war.

  21. Please don’t give “Hiden” Biden any credit. This moron and long time swamp crook, wasn’t even wanted as president by the liberal voting base a short while ago. Harris, his vice president to be, came in last… The DECIDING FACTOR in this whole election was the all pervasive leftist media’s in the U.S. The newspapers, magazines, TV alphabet channels, college presses and Hollywood image makers. When a determined four year effort was made to brainwash the American public and indeed, the entire world by this all pervasive media, it succeeded as these media heads knew it would.

    Does anyone remember the endlessly repeated, “you deserve a break today”, commercials aired by the McDonalds corporation some twenty five or so years ago? Well they also succeeded, with kids and adults, humming this tune automatically and idiotically. It is beyond a doubt that the Western media itself helped by criminal means used by the democratic party, that caused Biden to win. So positive was Trumps campaign, with 90 mile long convoys of vehicles supporting him in some states, that it was necessary for the left to cheat to win. Even the discredited media, powerful as it is, couldn’t do it alone..

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