A spoiler alert for those luckily hoping for an incident-free Tuesday: it could also be the race that never ends. And did I mention they are throwing bricks at runners?
According to Axios, Donald Trump plans to declare victory if he appears to be early on election night. This is the nightmare scenario I warned about in August. And that’s just one of the many ways this election could go awry once the votes are cast. Trump campaign reportedly told top surrogates to keep November open for more campaign rallies or events after on polling day, as the ballots are counted. And they now do all recurring online donations every week by default, which is quite the online gimmick to trigger a few days before the contest that these contributions are supposed to help win is apparently about to end.
As most everyone waits to expire, there is a real possibility that we will find ourselves in some sort of country season purgatory where it’s always winter but never Christmas. If no clear winner emerges, we won’t just enter a contested election with well-heeled lawyers arguing Crossfire and the bespectacled bureaucrats counting the chads. No, there will be rallies and protests and TV commercials, speeches and riots – and not just the “Brooks Brothers” kind with khaki-clad preppies, but the brick-throw kind. Already, the big cities are blocked, and do not in preparation for a Biden victory as all the polls and talking heads tell us it will happen. This is to protect us from the same people who tear Philadelphia and Portland apart, in case Trump wins, pretend he wins, or if we just don’t know who won.