The election long count is serving up a plate full of rueful thoughts on what it might have been– whatever side of the divide you populate.
By the numbers this morning, we appeared to be surrounding an Electoral College win by Joe Biden, however we also had actually come up with a very awful speech by Donald Trump a variety of aggravatingly dubious legal difficulties that judges are rejecting on sight and a consistent threat of violence. Through all of it, we had an American public resisting any clear election message.
Hell, just listening to Trump raving last night about perceived scams and half-truths about the real count of ballots rather than acknowledging a substantial result and a close outcome was painful– and an unsafe attack on our democratic organizations. So, too, was the near silence of main Republican leaders who refused to call Trump out.
But with lead to such close numbers, we have actually chosen to continue division above all else. As a result– whether Biden lastly hits his magic number or Trump and pals in some way pull off a coup– it is unclear what we will want to get done about contagion or task growth or tax policy and earnings inequality.
Even with a change in the White Home, the Senate looks today to be keeping a slim Republican bulk– at least up until two most likely January overflows in Georgia– or a body so divided that we are guaranteeing that policies to settle concerns in health care, migration, environment and the pandemic will be tough to come by. With an election itself that structurally shows racial divides, how can we hope that we can have answers that supply change that has either sent out people to the streets or to their gun closets to protect themselves from a perceived threat?
Biden would enter this image beginning in a massive hole on those long-contested concerns while trying to offer a path of inclusion not only for Republican politicians but for an increasingly singing union of progressives, Black and Brown voters and cities who offered most of t