And so our fiery national nightmare is over. For now.
But only a Pollyanna would think peace is about to break out across the bloody political and cultural battlefields. We are a long way from fixing what was shattered and retrieving what has been lost.
There were many causes and events on the long road that brought us to this low place, but a telling moment took place almost exactly two years ago. It was the final debate of the presidential campaign, held on Oct. 19, 2016.
Here is how the New York Times “In a remarkable statement that seemed to cast doubt on American democracy, Donald J. Trump said Wednesday that he might not accept the results of next month’s election if he felt it was rigged against him — a stand that Hillary Clinton blasted as ‘horrifying.’ ”
After noting that no modern president refused to accept election results, the paper quoted Clinton attacking Trump.
“Let’s be clear about what he is saying and what that means,” she said. “He is denigrating — he is talking down our democracy. And I am appalled that someone who is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that position.”
She added, “That is not the way our democracy works.”
Fast forward to now, and it is the height of irony — and hypocrisy — that Clinton and her supporters, including the Times, still refuse to accept the election’s outcome. It started with her and continues uninterrupted, with the character assassination campaign against Brett Kavanaugh the latest example.
Thank God, the assassins were unsuccessful in preventing a superbly qualified jurist and widely respected man from . But they did lasting, his family, the court, the Senate and the entire country.
Willing to destroy any part of government they cannot corrupt with partisanship, members of the self-declared resistance are tearing America apart because the election didn’t go their way. They have unleashed a whirlwind of fanatical hate, with violence now routinely threatened and sometimes carried out.
There are no random events. It is a straight line from the unprecedented plot by President Barack Obama’s administration to in the summer of 2016 to the scurrilous accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.
The probe by special counsel Robert Mueller has turned up nothing of significance against the president, yet it plods onward, searching for anything that would justify its existence.
In that context, it is beyond mildly interesting that a former FBI agent reportedl to the Senate so it would support Ford’s charges against Kavanaugh. And one of Ford’s lawyers happens to be the lawyer for the fired former deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe.