Election day images and links
I don't have much more of my own to say about the election beyond what I said here and, of course, on the special concern of nuclear weapons. I would observe that the opposition is even worse than it looks, for while Trump's own gutter ethno-revanchism is at least mostly secular, the Republican party as a whole has not lost its fundamentally theocratic character. Just look who Trump chose as his running mate.
I admit to some anxiety about today, but not real fear. Fear was long ago replaced by cold anger as my dominant emotion toward the cultural enemy. And I feel reasonably confident that our country will choose leadership that embraces the future rather than a dark lunge backward into racial tribalism and thuggery, building on Obama's achievements rather than destroying them, cooperation rather than belligerent isolation. There's more of us than there is of them. Turnout patterns in the early-voting states suggest that Hillary will win by a bigger margin than the forecasters are giving her, and I think the odds are better than even that we win the Senate as well.
An observation: Starting on January 20, the countries with the three largest economies in the Western world will all have women leaders -- Hillary in the US, Angela Merkel in Germany, and Theresa May in the UK.
A last election-day link mini-round-up:
Vote for Hillary, she's persuadable.
Failure is not an option.
What if Harry Potter were an undecided voter?
Green Eagle looks at the Mosul battle and Trump's craven dishonesty.
Republic of Gilead has some pre-election links, and some more here (yes, he's back, though likely on a reduced blogging schedule).
Here's what's at stake for Trump.
These people exist, and they'll probably vote.
Reddit's Marisam7 put together a huge collection of links on why Trump should indeed be considered a fascist.
This small incident illustrates the Trumpanzees' character -- and Obama's.
The world is watching.
David Frum makes a conservative case for voting for Hillary (found via Progressive Eruptions).
Andrew Sullivan considers Trump a unique threat to the republic (I disagree with his remarks about the Democrats toward the end, but as far as I know he still considers himself a conservative).
There's a lot to like about Hillary, despite the wingnuts' relentless smear campaigns.
Trump's candidacy is based on delusions and living in the past.
FiveThirtyEight has an hour-by-hour guide for tonight, and some clues to watch for on the House races.
Finally, my own stab at prediction for the outcome of the Presidential race:
[Video at top found via Progressive Eruptions]