At the beginning of 2017, I was totally pessimistic about the future of our country. The pessimism started to erode with the women's march I have never seen such energy in a political movement I was at the massive DC march. That night the media showed massive marches not only in the United States but around the world. This was the beginning of hope for the future. My hope was buoyed by this year's marches. The energy is still there.
Many of the horrible things Trump did were predictable. Those include. dismantling the ACA, nominating Gorsuch, passing tax cut for the wealthy, and dismantling regulations that protect the air, water and workers' safety. n the other hand, I can't come up with a list of big ticket disasters he can go after in 2018.
But lot's of good things can happen. I believe Mueller is going to drop a sledge hammer on Trump and his band of bandits. There is already plenty of information in the public domain to charge Trump, Don Jr. and Jared with obstruction of justice. It will have to be a slam dunk case, but it can well happen. Maybe Sessions as well. What we don't know is how much evidence Mueller has accumulated on Trump and Company's work with the Russians to interfere with our elections. I suspect there is a lot of evidence. This begs the question of why has Trump been so ridiculously close to the Russians. In my view there can be only one reason. He is being blackmailed because of his dirty money dealings with Russians. There may be other bases of blackmail, but Mueller will certainly be following the money trail. And there is plenty of criminal activity in the money pit.
While just about every Republican in Washington has sold his or her soul to the devil, maybe a detailed report on the most corrupt president in U.S. history will get them to abandon him. Not that they will put country before party, but they will be worried about their own survival
Which brings me to the second reason for optimism. The energy displayed by the women's marches will be seen at the ballot boxes. Republicans in solid Republican districts are being challenged like never before. And they are plenty worried. Close to home, Elissa Slotkin is running an incredible campaign against Mike Bishop. If quality matters, Elissa wins.
David Trott saw the handwriting on the wall and announced he is not running. I am supporting Haley Stevens for that seat. Haley has an incredible resume'. She is running in the primary against quality opponents. On the Republican side there is Lena Epstein among others. She proudly supported and continues to support Trump. Whether it's Haley or another Democrat, that seat can be won. And this is happening around the country.
I am supporting a candidate running against Paul Ryan. But guess what, it looks like Ryan is not going to run for reelection. For the first time, he is facing a real challenge to his seat. Similarly the racist Steve King from Iowa is facing a very strong challenge. In California, several Republican congressmen are in trouble. Obviously not every challenger will win, but many will. If the house flips it will be huge. If the Senate flips, it will be a tsunami.
Make no mistake, the elections in Virginia caused panic in the halls of Republicanism. Democrats did far better than anyone could have expected. The most interesting aspect of that election was that about 17 women displaced about 17 men. The women were of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities.
So I am optimistic about the 2018 elections even though Republican legislatures across the country have gerrymandered electoral maps to greatly favor them. This may change. Yesterday the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the State's districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered. That ruling is similar to rulings from several other States. There is a real possibility that the U.S Supreme Court will greatly limit gerrymandering. Such a decision may be hard to implement in time for the 2018 elections. But if it happens, this will be huge.
I have a third reason to be optimistic, although there is a downside. We have seen a record number of people leaving the administration. If I had to bet, I would bet that neither Kelly nor Tillerson will be in the administration by the end of the year. These two men supposedly keep the dotard in check. Maybe it would be a good thing for them to stay. On the other hand I think that chaos in the White House may further alienate some of his voters and will energize his opponents.
As I have said before, every day without a nuclear war is a good day. Hopefully the 2018 elections will start the long process of damage repair. Take care all.