For he who sits atop the mountain, it is always winter Russian adage
‘Tis the season. No, not the holiday season, that rolls around every year, I’m taking about the presidential election season! And with a wide open Democratic field with many contrasts, and a sitting president about to be tarred with impeachment in the House, this one should be one for the record books.
Yes, the Democrats in the House are going to impeach His Lowness, and likely on multiple articles of impeachment, but ask yourselves, why are the Democrats impeaching Trump? The only reason that the Democrats are going to be able to pull this off is that they put in the sweat equity last year to flip the House! Without all of that blood, sweat, and tears, the Democrats would still only be able to make pissy speeches about what a turd Trump really is.
A post election study showed that GOP voting in 2018 wasn’t particularly depressed, it was snowed under by an avalanche of Democratic voter participation. The Democrats won the national vote tally in 2016 by 3.3 million votes, and in 2018 they more than doubled that. And that was in a midterm, when Trump’s name wasn’t even in the ballot.
The importance of this impeachment process is its educational value, whether people want to be educated or not. The upcoming open hearings will be televised, and because these impeachment hearings are considered to be like the State Of The Union, news outlets, even FOX News, will have to carry them. And remember, not every FUX News viewer is a card carrying Trumpkin. I keep remembering that one woman who was interviewed coming out of the Justin Amash town hall after he announced his support for impeachment. She told the reporter that until Amash laid out the results, she was totally unaware that there had even been anything negative about Trump in the Mueller report, since she got her news exclusively from conservative media. How many more like her have scales fall from their eyes when FUX is forced to air facts instead of propaganda is yet to be seen.
Make no mistake about it, unless Trump is medically disabled, or removed from office, which is highly unlikely, he will top the GOP ticket in 2020. And because the majority of cable news outlets such as CNN, FOX, and MSNBC are speaking to national audiences, when they talk about the implications of Trumpenstein topping the ticket they’re speaking in terms of national down ballot consequences, US House and Senate races. But there was another critical aspect that was exposed in 2018, and it isn’t receiving any coverage or consideration.
In 2018, in addition to the Democrats flipping the House, making impeachment possible in the first place, and minimizing their losses in the Senate, the Democrats did something else of equal importance, they kicked serious GOP ass in state races. In several states that were laboring under unified GOP control, the Democrats flipped one or the other, or both of the chambers, making it impossible for the GOP to continue to rule bu fiat. And they even flipped Governors mansions in states like Kansas(?!), Nevada, Wisconsin, and Michigan, restoring sanity at the top of the ticket. In Wisconsin, Michigan, and Nevada, they basically ran the table on the top statewide offices.
This is critical, because 2020 is a census year, and the Supreme Court has been running from the gerrymandering issue like a scalded cat. Even if the Democrats don’t have unified control of the legislatures, if they control one chamber, they can negate to a large degree of GOP excesses in redrawing the maps, and if they control a Governors mansion, then the governor can veto a map he doesn’t like, knowing that there will be no override veto in at least one chamber. Already, no matter what happens in 2020, the governors in Kansas, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Michigan will be able to successfully rein in the madness. What we need now is more, many more. Leave gerrymandering out of it for the moment, even issues like women’s access to healthcare, and gay rights will no longer be under assault by unified GOP control.
This is the hidden potential treasure of having a wildly unpopular dick like Trump topping the ticket in 2020. And it also expands the map. For the next year, you’re going to hear the cable network new channels talking about “battleground” states, and when they do, they’re going to be talking about the presidential election. But there are going to be many more states out there, that while they won’t likely control the outcome of the presidential race, have an equally critical issue at stake. Control of the US House for the next decade. Because if Democratic state candidates can ride popular revulsion to victory in state races, and win at least one chamber in unified GOP states, they can force more moderately redrawn district maps that could put the livelihoods of idjits like Louie Gohmert Matt Gaetz, and Jim Jordan at risk. Man! Talk about having something worth fighting for!
To know the future, look to the past. before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange are available as e-books on Amazon, at the links above. Catch up before the upcoming release of the third book in the trilogy, President Evil III: All The Presidents Fen
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