I've heard this expression from so many people over the past two weeks, including some who are politically savvy. What world are you living in?
If Hillary Clinton wins the presidency, it's not going to end. Donald Trump might refuse to accept the results of the election. Although this might lack any foundation in law — unless the Republican Party had ground to challenge specific state results — it would embolden his hardcore, alt-right supporters. To do...well, they have the guns, don't they?
If she wins but Democrats fail to gain a majority in the Senate, it's not going to end. Republicans have stated explicitly that they will refuse to approve any Supreme Court nominee she puts before the upper house. President Obama's highly qualified, centrist-to-a-fault nominee Merrick Garland has not even been granted a hearing before the Senate.
This is only the beginning. The scorched-earth nihilism shown by a disciplined Republican Congress will only intensify if the party loses the White House yet again. Clinton's cabinet and agency nominees could conceivable be blocked for the next four years. The GOP will stop at nothing, because its members believe only they have the right to rule. This was the party willing to default on U.S. debt and bring on world depression to stick it to That (Black) Man in the White House. Its austerity has prolonged the suffering of millions.
In the elevator, a veteran politician said that Hillary had the ability to get things done LBJ-style. With all due respect, LBJ had solid Democratic majorities in Congress, a mass Republican party with plenty of liberals and centrists, the American liberal consensus still intact, and the nation's sympathy for the martyred John F. Kennedy. None of those things appertain today.
Not only that, but all the deranged racist hatred directed at President Obama over the past nearly eight years — and turned to profitable use by GOP operatives — will be instantly refocused as deranged misogynistic hatred directed at the Woman in the White House. She got away with killing Vince Foster and everything! Impeach!
One can give James Comey all the benefits of the doubt. But the timing of his murky announcement of emails, which may or may not be new, which may or may not have to do with Clinton, which definitely defy Justice Department and FBI protocol — this stinks. Who benefits? A Republican Party that saw itself potentially losing so badly that it would put not only the Senate but even the House at risk.
Comey was a lifelong Republican until changing his registration to independent this year.
Then I think of all the low-information soccer moms and dads who might vote for their Republican Senate candidate because it would balance out Hillary. "You children need to learn to play well together."
Would it be over if Trump won, along with solid GOP majorities in Congress? We'd sure as hell be over, as any kind of country of which I'd want to be a part. Black Lives Matter and the assorted progressive protesters could yell and chant all they want, but the Republicans would have the votes.
Finally, star pollster Nate Silver is playing it very safe after being wrong about the rise of Trump within the Republican Party. He says it's possible that Clinton could win the popular vote while Trump wins the electoral college. If so, call him the President-elect.
Want it to be over? Hand the Republicans a crushing defeat across the board, and keep defeating them. Otherwise...
Responsibilities of my day job require me to keep it short this week. But please don't be naive. It's not going to be over after election day. Our Cold Civil War won't allow it. I continue to believe the best outcome would be a peaceful secession process, let the erring sisters go in peace. But the ardent Republican secessionists of today would turn into hardcore union men and women if they had all the power. And they do have the guns.