The future looks much brighter for America and Americans with each tick up of Joe Biden's lead in the 2020 presidential race.
Even if the country doesn't gain a Senate more friendly to Biden's leadership, the likely president-elect would surely be able to take actions to slow the spread — and the pain — of COVID-19, as well as speed distribution of eventual vaccines.
He also would have executive and administrative powers to roll back much of Donald Trump's damage to our clean energy and clean water regulations, as well as the Affordable Care Act. He could rejoin the Paris climate accords. He could return-to-sender Kim Jong Un's love letters. He could and would tell Vladimir Putin to put his bounty on American soldiers where the sun doesn't shine. He might be able get Iran back to the table to slow its nuclear program. He could help calm social unrest. He can — as he always has — talk with Republicans without giving them ugly nicknames.
Perhaps best of all, we can expect Joe Biden and his vice president Kamala Harris to bring us a caring, listening leadership team, who, as Barack Obama recently reminded us, "you're not going to have to think about the crazy things they said [or tweeted] every day. And that's worth a lot. You're not going to have to argue about them every day. It just won't be so exhausting."
We keep reading about people — pundits, mostly — being disappointed and shocked that Biden didn't win in a landslide. What a waste of time.
Why not instead focus your angst on how Republicans have worked tirelessly for years — especially this year — to suppress the vote? Why not spend your political capital in the coming years to toss out those GOP majority state lawmakers and elected state election officials who have systematically gerrymandered our legislative districts, removed likely Democratic voters from the rolls and reduced the number of polling places in Democratic and minority communities? Why not mount a new campaign to make Republicans accountable for their deliberate defunding and dismantling of postal equipment to slow delivery of mail-in ballots? Why not push to make accountable those who encouraged, supported or turned a blind eye to foreign election interference? Had Republicans not been deplorably successful in disrupting the American election process, this very well might have been a landslide victory for Biden.
We also keep reading pundits excusing the lack of a landslide by declaring Biden was a "weak" candidate.
To see a "weak" and "flawed" candidate, just take a look inside the Oval Office right now. Or take a look at that "weak" and "flawed president's Twitter account.
While the majority of us — take a look at Biden's nearly 4-million vote lead — are cheering the "Count Every Vote!" chant made by peaceful protesters around the country, Donald Trump tweets in all capital letters: "STOP THE COUNT!" Meanwhile, he and his minions already have filed a volley of lawsuits seeking to stop vote counts — the first vote counts, mind you.
Yep, it's head-scratching time. We have a president presiding over our democracy who does not want every vote counted and validated by our duly named election officials.
But we shouldn't be surprised.
No law, no rule, no commandment — even one from on high — could keep Donald Trump from trying to cheat in any way he can to "win" re-election — or to get anything else he wants.
With that in mind, hunker down for what's left of the hopefully last months of the Trump administration.
If Trump has shown us nothing else, it's that he is vengeful. And he's already told us he will not go quietly. In fact, he's already falsely claimed victory and already falsely claimed voting fraud.
And, almost certainly, he's just getting warmed up. We should watch for a flurry of firings, also foretold by his threats before the election: Likely first will be FBI Director Christopher Wray, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and CIA Director Gina Haspel.
Wray didn't jump to investigate Trump's political enemies. Esper publicly disagreed with Trump over deploying military units into "Democrat-run" cities over the summer when Black Lives Matter protests peaked. Haspel hasn't gone along with National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe's plan to declassify unverified materials that Trump wanted to use to sow doubt on the Russia investigation.
Plus, there's the executive order Trump signed in October that would reclassify thousands of professional civil service jobs as 'political' jobs, permitting him to replace professionals and experts throughout the government who have sworn an oath to the Constitution, not to any president. At its worst, that could be stacking a new army of loyalists around a man who doesn't want to leave office. At the very least, it could leave a raft of government vacancies that the Biden administration would have to scramble to fill.
And let's not forget the specter of another 10 weeks of reckless inaction on COVID-19.
If Trump didn't mind risking American lives before the election (in fact he put them more at risk with his rallies), why should we expect him to help fight the disease or its economic impact in his lame-duck period?
Get comfortable and safe. This promises to be a scary show.