Dec 152016
 

It’s only now that I feel like I can write about the election and its aftermath with any degree of perspective. I was wrong about so many things; things that maybe should have been more obvious at first blush. I thought Clinton’s experience and competence would compensate for her lack of charisma and aloofness. I thought that bragging about sexually assaulting women was far more disqualifying than e-mail mismanagement. I thought that the Obama coalition would turn out in droves to defeat a flim-flam man with no prior political experience and a penchant for manic tweeting.

In the weeks since the election, I’ve been watching a lot of Seinfeld and doing my best to avoid my Twitter feed. Reading the news has become a grim exercise in endurance. Ben Carson will be in the Cabinet? The guy who ran Breitbart will have an office in the White House? The president-elect is dismissing reports that Russia may have hacked our political process to give Trump an advantage? This would all be hilarious if it wasn’t, you know, actually fucking happening.

So now what? Perhaps Trump will turn out to be just a generic Republican, which is still pretty awful. Perhaps he’ll resign after a year or two because he’ll be unable to reconcile his authoritarian tendencies with his pathological need to be liked. Whatever happens, progressives will need to figure out how to mount an effective opposition to this administration. Republicans wrote the playbook on this and we shouldn’t hesitate to use their own tactics against them. Any efforts by Trump to shred the social safety net, undermine efforts to prevent climate change, or cut taxes on the wealthiest among us must be met with the staunchest resistance. We can try to work with Trump when he has some genuinely good ideas, but I’m guessing that will be a rare occurrence. Too much progress has been made in the last eight years and too much remains to be done.

This blog will be a very small part of that resistance. If nothing else, it will serve as the chronicle of a snarky middle-aged guy trying to navigate Trump’s America. So buckle up, Dear Reader. We’re both in for a bumpy ride.

  3 Responses to “The Darkest Timeline”

  1. Ivanka Trump is literally moving into a space meant for her father’s wife. Bet trump thinks she will be the first female president. So the ride isn’t over yet. Agree the billionaire cabinet doesn’t seem to be geared to HELP those of us who aren’t in their club. Where can i get my RESIST tee shirt?

  2. “Perhaps he’ll resign after a year or two because he’ll be unable to reconcile his authoritarian tendencies with his pathological need to be liked.” Thank you for offering me a reason for hope.

  3. It must be the ultimate in irony to the left that the only thing the community organizer in chief was able to organize, was the opposition. 11 less Senate seats, 48 less House seats, 10 less Governors. Republicans control the Presidency, the Senate majority, the House majority, 32 Governorships, and two thirds of the State Houses (66 of 99, with 1 unicameral.

    At what point do Progressives understand the only lasting legacy of Barack Obama’s 8 years was to awaken the American people to the dangers of Progressivism.

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