It is pretty obvious to me that Trump is such a streetfighter politically that he will do anything in his power to win the 2018 midterms. He fights dirty and given that he is, in fact, president, he has it within his power to do serious damage to The Resistance.
First and foremost, it appears as though Trump is, by re-instating Iranian sanctions, hoping to bait the Iranians into some sort of response between Monday and Tuesday during the election itself. He knows that a major terrorist or military attack on the part of the Iranians so close to — or on — Election Day would either whip up the base or give him the type of instant mass popularity taht he needs at this point to keep Congress. Then he laughs at us while the Republicans continue to rape the nation politically. It doesn’t matter that they gamed the system in their effort to win.
Meanwhile, if that doesn’t manage to do the trick, I believe Trump is going to blame “Chinese hackers” for any loss on the part of the Republicans and he will either call the whole thing a sham or go so far as to challenge it in court. With the Republicans 5-4 lock in SCOTUS, he has a decent shot of if not invalidating the election results, muddling things to such an extent that half the country will legitimately believe any impeachment of Trump on the part of the House is invalid and as such it will tear the country apart.
Lastly, the Russians continue to lurk in the darkness. There is a better than 50/50 chance there might be vote hacking on their part and Republicans will win and laugh at anyone who suggests they did not win fairly. All they care about is power and then we will enter a dystopia in which Republicans never lose because the Russians will keep hacking elections and because they benefit from the Russians actions, they refuse to do anything about it.
This goes on forever and, well, that is, as they say, that.
I guess the point of all of this is I just don’t see Republicans giving up power without either some sort of shenanigans or some sort of assistance from a foreign power. All I can say is vote. And if you believe in a god, pray.
Shelton Bumgarner is a writer and photographer living in Richmond, Va. He may be reached at migukin (at) gmail (dot) com.