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I think it was Thursday, yes, definitely Thursday. Tuning in my favorite podcast I was greeted by the news that Donald Trump had declared war on Canada and missiles were being launched that very moment. But seriously folks, judging by the reactions of the host, it seemed that serious. This of course, was the suggestion made by Mr. Trump that the elections should be delayed. When considered soberly, this is an innocuous idea that would go nowhere. Not gonna happen, but in the meantime, it was the apocalypse.
The host was not alone in condemning the idea. All across the commentariat, pundits were rolling on the ground, grasping their knees and grimacing in pain like a bunch of European football players, and about as believable. Trump had broken the camel’s back. He was the most horrible person in the universe. His suggestion would spell the end of the republic. It might even mean the end of $5 chickens at Costco. The horror.
Take up the idea first: Trump did not sign an executive order, send troops to the polls, tanks in the street, none of that. He made a suggestion, for whatever reason, that carried no authority. The idea will go nowhere, first because time is short, and unless the Constitution is amended, the date cannot be changed enough to be of any benefit. His balloon popped almost as fast as he uttered the words.
That should be the end of it. Yet it was met hysterically by people who ought to know better. Along with the public flogging of Attorney General Bill Barr, it dominated the news cycle for at least fifteen minutes. And the ugly little secret that shone through the facade was that they were all looking for something, anything to confirm their distaste for Mr. Trump.
Meantime, the very next day, the sainted ex-president Barack Obama, used his eulogy for Representative John Lewis to push for ending the filibuster, statehood for Washington D..C and Puerto Rico, and more. It did not go unnoticed but the response was far more muted than that for Mr. Trump. So which of them is the greater danger? Mr. Trump made a suggestion that was at best impolitic and which will simply not happen. But let the Democrats achieve the electoral blowout in November that they fervently desire and you can be sure that filibuster, statehood, Supreme Court-packing, and much more will be on the agenda before sunrise on the day after the inauguration.
All of this hysteria concerning Trump’s proposal came, not from the left, but from the right. It would seem that these folks ought to concentrate on the facts that, in the end, it is a binary choice in November. The consequences of a Republican loss will be far-reaching with lasting damage. It is time to pay attention to the future.Published in