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A lot on its way in coming year

 

January 1, 2020



It’ll begin very soon, with state caucuses and primaries starting in Iowa and New Hampshire, and impeachment roaring out of the nation’s capital, all in January.

The biggest monkey wrench to be thrown into the crossover between the 2019 posturing and the 2020 reality checking, in my opinion, wasn’t the articles of impeachment — we’ve known that was coming for months now, and still don’t know how it will affect the election. Instead, I think it came as a crack in President Trump’s armor, in the form of an editorial calling for Trump’s removal from office.

“If we don’t reverse course now,” the evangelical magazine Christianity Today opined, “will anyone take anything we say about justice and righteousness with any seriousness for decades to come? Can we say with a straight face that abortion is a great evil that cannot be tolerated and, with the same straight face, say that the bent and broken character of our nation’s leader doesn’t really matter in the end?”

In other words, if opponents of abortion rights want to have any “moral authority” whatsoever, they can’t be standing with an immoral president — a point that will haunt a lot of Trump-supporting Christians all year long.

And speaking of immoral behavior, here’s an incredible question a lot of people are asking these days: If Trump loses re-election in November, will he step down? And if he refused to give up the presidency, would the Senate oppose the coup attempt? I want so badly to say that’s an absurd question, but given Trump’s and the Republican Party’s behavior these days, you’ve got to wonder.

Then there’s the Democratic Party contest for who gets to take on Trump. I have no idea who’s going to win the nomination, but this much is pretty clear: Whoever gets the party nod will capture at least half the popular vote, because that’s roughly the number of “Never Trump” Americans (both Democrats and Republicans) who will — to corrupt an old Southern saying — vote for a yellow dog over Donald Trump.

Tom McDonald is editor of the New Mexico Community News Exchange. Contact him at:

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