On November 3 the U.S. elections went far better for Republicans than expected – they gained seats in the House rather than losing them, they were going to hold their Senate majority and President Trump was proving the polls massively wrong with big leads as we all went to bed. Then overnight things got a bit dodgy and the President’s large leads in several swing states suspiciously slipped away. It appeared that unless his attorneys could prove widespread fraud he would lose (perhaps even then, given that many judges are hostile to him and others would likely be hesitant to change the outcome, however tainted).
Conservatives were told in these days that there was a silver lining. There was no blue wave, the country had turned away from Socialism, defunding the police and equating riots with “mostly peaceful protests”. President Trump had chipped into Democrats hold on black and Hispanic voters, broadened the base, etc.
I’d put away the confetti, myself. That “hold the Senate” part changed to “appear likely to hold the Senate” and now to a run-off election that’s a toss-up (or worse). And in the House, true, they gained seats, but the Democrats are still in the majority. And for the coup de grace, the President won the election in huge fashion but will lose as a result of massive fraud (I won’t bother to cite all the chicanery, there are plenty of places you can find that).
Yes, they say, but he broadened the base, expanded the party, gained unprecedented black and Latino support, put numerous blue states in play for the future, etc. The Democrats had to cheat brazenly and in massive numbers (openly breaking the law to block poll watchers, delivering ballots in the middle of the night, blocking windows where they were counting votes, unbelievable batches of ballots like 600,000 for Biden versus 3,000 for Trump, stopping the count in Democrat cities in swing states for suspicious reasons that just happened to give them a chance to figure out how many votes they needed, etc.).
To which many of us say, yes, and they’re going to get away with it. We’re supposed to be comforted by the fact that we should have won by a mile but will lose? Are we supposed to assume they can’t do this again? Especially when they probably won’t need nearly as much illicit help? The Republican Party and judiciary that let this happen will stop it in the future? Srsly?
And there are a few more things – much of that expanded base is deflated, hopeless, and won’t be easily roused again. It’s true that President Trump expanded the base, but don’t count on all those people to show up for Mitt Romney or John McCain. Trump’s unabashed patriotism, willingness to stand up to the media and courage were a big part of his appeal, even though they turned off some people. He was lightning in a bottle and when you put McCain in that bottle it isn’t going to wow people.
Yes, they say, “but look at how incredibly hard they had to cheat!” To which we say, “and they’re going to get away with it.” When we have a candidate who doesn’t blow their doors off and they only need to cheat a little we’re supposed to believe you’ll stop them? You, who were asleep while they cleaned out the house?
Yeah, I’m having a bit of a hard time seeing that silver lining.