I don’t know whether Obama will win or loose in two days. I don’t think anyone really knows. He’s got every chance of winning, but strange things happen in politics. So we can’t be certain what’s going to happen. We can only do our best to achieve the outcome many of us hope for. But what happens if he does loose?
I know people who would be devasted. I suspect millions of people would be. I think most of them would be shocked. I think many of them would mourn. And I wonder whether their shock and grief would turn into anger? I wonder about that because I think, if Obama looses, just about anything could happen in the aftermath. I imagine it would be as dangerous a moment in American politics as any moment in our history.
It does not reassure me Bush and Cheney would be still be in power during that most difficult event. Bush and Cheney are screw ups. It’s not too hard to imagine them doing something that would dreadfully worsen the situation for everyone. The Nation would need a peacemaker, but those two buffoons are not peacemakers but dividers.
Could McCain govern if he won? I think up to half the Nation would feel in their hearts he did not deserve to lead them. He would need to overcome that to govern, but could he?
Frankly, I don’t think he has the political skill to pull it off.
So, ironically, if Obama looses, the nation is likely to look to him for guidance on how to handle the loss. Upon how he chose to handle the situation, all else would turn.
On the other hand, if McCain looses, I’m guessing that far fewer people will be actually devastated. A few, of course, but most McCain supporters will pick themselves up and get on with their lives. So, I don’t think a McCain loss will create a moment in American history nearly as dangerous as an Obama loss could create.
At least, those are my hunches.