by Shelton Bumgarner
Donald Trump is the true successor to Ronald Reagan. Or, put another way, Trump is the second in a series of successors to the Watergate legacy of Richard Nixon. Trump is going to win re-election by hook or by crook. He’s going to have either an illegal third term or a de facto third term in the guise of a hand-picked successor. It’s probably going to be either Ivanka or Don Jr.
Our best bet is that by the 12th year of rule by House Trump, the ebb and flow of history will finally kick in and some sort of center-Left president will be elected. Of course, this is only likely if there’s any life in American democracy at all. More likely, we’ll simply have a series of Trumps for about 20 years until at some point the browning of America kicks in just about the time the youngest of the Baby Boomers die.
The worst part of all of this is the political center of gravity in America has again lurched to the Right in a big way. So the only way Democrats will elect a president is if they can find a very charismatic Bill Clinton type who is barely Leftist at all in his or her policies.
Of course, this is based on the assumption that the Union and or the Constitution survive in the first place. There’s a really good chance that if House Trump overreaches that either Blue States will attempt to leave the Union altogether or there might be some sort of military junta that keeps the Union together until things get sorted out.
There are no happy endgames.