What does a McCain presidency hold in store? Kevin Drum has a vision of the future & it isn’t pretty. Here’s the middle of his post, but you should read the rest:
John McCain has obviously decided that he can’t win a straight-up fight, so he’s decided instead to wage a battle of character assassination, relentless lies, and culture war Armageddon. So what happens on November 5th?
If McCain wins, he’ll face a Democratic congress that’s beyond furious. Losing is one thing, but after eight years of George Bush and Karl Rove, losing a vicious campaign like this one will cause Dems to go berserk. They won’t even return McCain’s phone calls, let alone work with him on legislation. It’ll be four years of all-out war.
And what if Obama wins? The last time a Democrat won after a resurgence of the culture war right, we got eight years of madness, climaxing in an impeachment spectacle unlike anything we’d seen in a century. If it happens again, with the lunatic brigade newly empowered and shrieking for blood, Obama will be another Clinton and we’ll be in for another eight years of near psychotic dementia.
My only problem with this analysis is that the Democratic Congress has shown no signs of fury in the face of recent outrages so it’s hard to imagine them “beyond furious” at any future outrages. I think a McCain victory should be the catalyst for rank & file Dems to throw the double-dealing bastards out & bring in some elected officials from the Democratic wing of the Democratic party. Primary challenges for all the leadership. Or maybe we should just all go tend our gardens in the worst of all possible worlds.