Historians will most likely call the ugliest Presidential campaign in American history heads for its sordid, and long overdue, end in 20 days from the time of this writing.
Hillary Clinton faces Donald Trump in their third and final debate in Las Vegas Wednesday night and most clockers and watchers of political happenings say the election is practically over. Trump is sinking like the proverbial rock in polls and all he has left are the die hard supporters who, for reasons that defy rationale, say they will stick with him until the bitter end.
Those of us who watch politics for a living know that, of course, no election is over until the final vote is cast and the counts ends but the general feeling on both sides of the political fence is that the only question left is not if Trump will lose but how bad of a thumping he will receive.
Many feel Trump will not go down gracefully. Donald J. Trump is many things but grace is not one of his traits. He goes into the final debate Wednesday night screaming that the election is rigged and a grand “global conspiracy” is out there somewhere causing his political demise.
As is his pattern, Trump will never accept responsibility for his failed attempt to win an election for a job he never had the qualifications to hold or the temperament to win.
About the only thing that remains is whether or not he will drag down the once-proud party of Abraham Lincoln and wipe out the Republican majorities in the Senate and, possibly, the House.
Will his loss force the Republican Party to walk away from the overbearing right-wing extremists and the regressive policies or will the party simply die and become a footnote of history ?
Will Trump’s political demise spark a revolution from the hotheads, bigots, racists and haters who genuflected before him and promoted his Presidential ambitions and threats to this nation?
Will his next act be a major player in the planned “alt-right” media efforts of deposed sexual predator Roger Ailes and conspiracy-spouting right wing loon Stephen Bannon?
Who knows? Campaign 2016 revealed a disturbing undercurrent in America that will not go away — a faction of angry, bigoted haters who want to destroy America while brandishing their weapons and claiming patriotism they do not possess and their fading role in a diverse America they do not understand and cannot abide.
You see them packing their sidearms on their hips at Wal-Marts, guzzling beer while roaring down the roads of rural America with Confederate battle flags flying in the beds of their pickup trucks and claiming that only racist whites should rule America.
They embrace what is most hateful in America’s past misdeeds and they promote an America that should remain a disgraceful part of our nation’s past.
Trump may be gone after November 8 but his cult of zealots remain a festering sore on the body politic and a cancer on the soul of America.
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