In the last couple of weeks, I’ve allowed my enthusiasm to become unbridled. Everything is good, the sun is bright and shiny and I’m whistling a happy tune. All’s right with the world in this best of all possible worlds where Donald Trump is King. And that tells me that it’s time that I should be, in the inimitable words of Fagin “reviewing the situation.” What could go wrong?
Let’s walk through it. The Mid-Term Elections are upon us. The whole Blue Wave scare is just that, a scare tactic meant to produce FUD. So, far from retaking the Senate, odds are very good that the Republicans will add at least a couple of seats and very likely a few more. But the House is a very different matter. Redistricting in Pennsylvania and elsewhere and retiring Republican incumbents mean that there are plenty of races that could go to the Democrats. So, while there may not be any groundswell of Democrat sentiment it’s entirely possible that the Democrats could take the House by a slim margin.
And although he has been quiet for the last couple of weeks, the Mueller investigation may very well be sitting on a bombshell either of a direct or indirect nature to the Russia investigation. He may be waiting to try and do maximum damage to the House races and thereby allow a Democrat House to vote for impeachment against the President.
Finally, there’s the X factor. Things have been going along swimmingly. The economy is growing at a phenomenal rate and all of the President’s trade and foreign affairs initiatives have been amazingly successful. What if something changes? Basically, the X factor is anything big going south. Let’s say the stock market crashes.
Now, anyone of these three events is a major problem. Losing the House or fighting a Mueller or dealing with a Wall Street meltdown is a serious situation. But let’s assume the worst. Let’s assume that a Mueller bombshell causes a Blue Wave that scares the Stock Market into a crash.
Well, that’s not such a bright and shiny day anymore is it? In fact, that’s almost a replay of 2008. The only difference is that the 2020 election would still be two years away and the President would be Donald Trump instead of George W. Bush. And while I don’t trivialize the severity of such an onslaught I still think that who is performing damage control is more important than the exact details of the crisis.
And one more thing is different. I am no longer invested in trying to win over the other side. If they already have the numerical advantage in the voting population then the sooner I know the better. Donald Trump has given us a breather with his success. There’s even a chance that he can put together a coalition of people who want the traditional American way of life to survive. But it’s far from a certainty that he can pull it off. But I’ve come to terms with this situation. I no longer depend on us winning. In fact, adapting to a permanent underground status would be almost easier. At least it would solidify my survival tactics and start me moving in the direction needed to protect myself from the consequences of that sadder but less uncertain world.
So that’s the worst case. And you know what. I’m still good. I can deal with that. I’ll adapt and thrive. I’ll help those I care about to adapt and thrive. And that’s the worst case. Anything lesser will be even easier. I’ll be even better. So as far as my sanity check, my enthusiasm is still unbridled.