No Peaceful Transition of Power

There is a difference of opinion on whether progressives and other anti-Trumpers ought to be peeing in our pants and pulling our hair about yesterday’s press conference remarks indicating Trump opposes the peaceful transition of power.

As Dear Leader observed yesterday, “Get rid of the ballots, there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation.”

Trump’s views on ballots seem to be a perfect match for his views on covid tests. No tests, not disease. No ballots, no one votes against me.

It is a strikingly childlike, and a strikingly weird, view of how things work.

As Greg Sargent lucidly observes this morning, Trump openly told us exactly what he intends to do.

How to react?

On the one hand, folks with my temperate views are mocked and ridiculed in Jonathan V. Last, The Strongman Cometh.

On the other hand, Politico reassures us that Republicans brush aside Trump’s dismissal of a peaceful transfer of power: “There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792,” said Mitch McConnell. See also, from the N.Y. Times, After Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, McConnell promises ‘an orderly transition’ (going into more detail about Republican politicos’ statements) and Trump shifts the 2020 focus with his refusal to commot to accepting the election results.

My conclusion—and do please feel free to mock and ridicule me on this: everything is connected to everything else, and the empty-suited Republican politicians have concluded, correctly, that, on balance, net-net, it’s a losing political proposition to promise that you will end democracy and deep-six the American experiment.

And then there’s this: WaPo, Nearly 500 former senior military, civilian leaders signal support for Biden.

Ladies and gentlemen, if there ever was a time to see clearly, to keep our heads, and to be calm and resolute, this is it.