In the wake of the events that took place at the U.S. Capitol building yesterday, things could have gone one of two ways. The Awfulisers worried that Trump would ‘double down’, perhaps even invoking martial law. So, they added, if ever there was a time to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove a madman from office, this is it. By contrast, the Trivialisers, myself among them, were pretty sure that having made his point, Trump would now back off. And today, apparently, he did.
If I’m right, he’ll spend the next two weeks either keeping his head down or, in order to salvage what he can of his reputation, comporting himself like a proper outgoing office-holder. Either way, the question is, what will happen with the MAGA zealots left in his wake? The Awfulisers predict some kind of low-grade civil war. We Trivialisers doubt this.
But our trivialism cuts both ways. If the Right will be taking a Valium, the Left – or at least its leadership – will be savvy enough not to provoke the Right’s 75 million-strong sleeping giant. So we’re predicting a few boring years ‘going forward’.
More particularly, Joe Biden will be passing the torch to Kamala Harris for 2024. The Awfulisers give the GOP nomination to some Retrumplican, whereas we Trivialisers suspect it will come to its senses. It might even nominate Mitt Romney again.
There no longer being anything exciting to report, CNN viewership and WAPO readership will plummet. Covid will disappear, economies will recover, race relations will continue to improve at glacial speed … But global warming rhetoric will not make a comeback. The pushback, which is now only nascent, will gain momentum and take its toll on the cancel culture that’s just now approaching its best before date. So, in short, God is in His heaven and all’s well with the world, by which is meant, once again, for many bloggers there’ll be some pretty ho-hum years ‘going forward’.
But if the Awfulisers are right – and they very well might be – by 2024 Middle Americans will have re-enacted the Jim Crow laws, and coastal Americans will all be speaking Chinese. The former could be pretty awful, but the latter wouldn’t be so bad, were it not for the food that comes with it.