From bad to worse, with better to come
If so, it will strengthen the hand of those on the right who are calling for the party to write Trump off and redirect its financial support to down-ballot campaigns that still may be salvageable. At the very least, it will mean more anger among old-line Republicans against the Trumpanzees after the magnitude of the election-day disaster has sunk in. The pieces are falling into place for a post-election wingnut Dolchstoßlegende and civil war.
Jeff Greenfield observed yesterday that the Bannon hire is the culmination of a years-long right-wing strategy of demonizing and delegitimizing opponents, and predicted that Hillary as President will face more of the same histrionic obstructionism that has dogged Obama. It's impossible to disagree with his description of how the wingnuts have behaved, but the problem with this kind of strategy is that its direction is hard to control. Different factions within the right are demonizing and delegitimizing each other. The counterrevolution devours its monstrous children. Just watch them turn on each other with all-out fury after Hillary's landslide win in November.
Greenfield's piece is frightening, but remember this: there's more of us than there is of them, and their hateful antics always end up alienating people outside their core constituencies. Popular support for gay marriage has grown to a solid majority during the very period that the Christian Right went all-in to fight against it. Obama's approval rating has risen during the last year as Trump came to personify the Republican alternative. Many Americans have long viewed Muslims with suspicion, but after Khizr Khan gave this unpopular minority a human face, Trump's attack provoked a backlash which is defanging yet another wingnut bogeyman. Yes, these people are scary, but they keep losing, largely because they're scary. Once they start fighting among themselves in earnest, it's all over.
Today marks ten years that I've been doing this blog. It's hard to believe it's lasted this long, but it's now even harder to imagine not doing it -- so I guess it will be around as long as I am, or until future technological advances replace blogging with some new medium as unimaginable now as blogging was a couple of decades ago.
On that note, one of my favorite videos, reflecting my sense of exuberance at how far we've come and what lies ahead: