At the end of 2017, it's impossible for me to think of anything besides "Well, here we are...One year into the Trump Presidency..."
This year has been awful. My only silver lining is that it's been fantastic for productivity because everyday has ground to a halt with the news cycle. And when one leaves the grid completely, turns off the internet, to work, quite a lot can get done. I could go on and on about everything that's happened during the course of the year, but increasingly one thought stays firmly in my mind...
I don't think we're going to be done with this guy in three years. I don't think he's going anywhere. I'd like to think I'm just being one of Mister Tee's Doomed Dems, woe-is-me-ing as the day is long, but I'm not sure the Democrats have taken the right lessons from the 2016 race. I could be wrong, but I'm not sure I am. I know we're in a bold new world of politics, but one thing remains the same: it doesn't seem to matter who the Republicans put on their ticket, but it does matter who we put on our ticket. Whoever the Democratic candidate is, s/he really needs to do two things: bring in independents and people of color. That's how we win. And of course, communicating a vision would be nice.
Who do we have in 2020 that does that? It's likely this person isn't on the radar yet. A governor, a congressperson, a celebrity. We don't know what we're going to be facing yet. A crash, a war, at this point I wouldn't put an alien invasion past us. So, it's impossible to know the factors that are going to be in play, but I'm scared of two things. I'm scared that Democrats are misreading the room. I'm scared that they think that the #MeToo movement, which has my full support, is the most important issue to most Americans. I think for most Americans, it might be on their top ten. But if most Americans had that big of a problem with sexual assault, I feel like Donald Trump wouldn't be the President right now. I am terrified at the idea of Donald Trump running against the #MeToo movement.*
The second thing I'm scared of is too much faith being placed on the Mueller investigation. I know Mister Tee has full confidence that it will pay off, but really, can I get odds on this thing? What about Alzheimer's and the 25th Amendment? 25% 33% It seems like Trump is pretty good at winning coin flips.
Is Congress going to really remove him? Are Democrats going to grow a spine and do it when they saw what happened to the Republicans in 1998? I worry that in the minds of those who would take action, the proper analogue isn't Watergate but rather Ken Starr. Americans didn't care that a philanderer got a blow job from an intern, and I'm not sure how much they're going to care that Trump did a quid pro quo with Russia to build a hotel there when he can shrug it off by saying "I'm a good businessman." These people just care about the economy and they're about to get a couple grand in their pockets.
I guess I'm just very concerned at the idea of dismissing Donald Trump for reelection just because he's the least popular President of all time, when being the least popular candidate of all time didn't stop him.
Anyway, one last rant for 2017. Here's hoping that by this time next year, these musings will be a quote in a much, much happier post.
* I'm terrified of Donald Trump doing it. I'm totally fine with Mike Pence doing it.
"If you are marching with white nationalists, you are by definition not a very nice person. If Malala Yousafzai had taken part in that rally, you'd have to say 'Okay, I guess Malala sucks now.'" ~ John Oliver