Sue Lempert

You are not alone if you are nervous about tomorrow night and what might possibly follow. A recent study by the American Psychological Association revealed that 68% of Americans said the 2020 election was a significant source of stress. So said 78% of Democrats and 67% of Republicans in the study. Democrats especially remember the premature euphoria off 2016. Clinton female supporters had Champagne ready to celebrate the shattering of the glass ceiling. Instead they came up empty. Many on the Democratic side refuse to believe the polls that show Biden ahead even in the swing states.

One woman, to protect herself from another night of trauma, has convinced herself or tried to tell her brain over and over again, to expect another Trump win. Secretly, she hopes to be pleasantly surprised. Republicans are concerned that a Trump loss will lead to a loss of the Senate. And according to U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, the Republican Party today is already headed downhill. The business-friendly Wall Street Journal reports that business now prefers Biden as a known quantity because Trump is too erratic. So much angst. But wait. There’s much more.

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James Carville, he of the shaved head and Louisiana drawl, who spearheaded Bill Clinton’s victory with the slogan “It’s the Economy, Stupid,” has proclaimed that we will know the results by 11 p.m. on election night and it will be a big win for Biden. Especially if Trump loses Florida, which he probably won’t. With all the absentee ballots to be counted, and some, by law in some states not until Election Day, it seems unlikely that Carville is right. There are also the fights over mail-in ballots, what should be allowed, what should be tossed out, what restrictions are unconstitutional and what court rulings might do in the interim. There are the long lines, the breakdown of voting machines, the promise of threatening poll watchers, the slowdown in mail deliveries, the complications of the pandemic to consider.

If there is no winner election night, and we have been warned there will not be, when will we know? What will happen in the interim. The FBI has indicated this is when the Russians will really flex their muscle via social media and call for disruptive actions. Then there is always the issue if Trump will go quietly if he loses. Will he refuse to leave saying the election is rigged and it must be decided by the Supreme Court or will he call out his Proud Boys to riot. On the other side, if the election goes to the Supreme Court for a decision and the court rules in favor of Trump even though he has lost the popular vote, will the Democrats turn to the streets to protest? Has your angst level increased?

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Local races are important too but they don’t seem to inspire the end-of-the-world scenarios as the presidential election. So good luck to all the candidates running for city council and school board. Apologies for not giving you your due in this wild presidential race. And thank you to each and every one of you for your willingness to serve. But the angst continues over who will win the presidency and the senate. David Oshinsky reminds us that there have been other elections more transformative. The most significant he says was the Lincoln-McClellan race in 1864. Lincoln was running for re-election during hard times for the Union side in the Civil War. McClellan was the general he had just fired. All bets were on McClellan as southern troops advanced north but then Sherman wired the president in September about his victory in Atlanta and the country was saved. It’s only one day to go, and no General Sherman to the rescue.

So as the astute Willie Brown reminds us, no one is sure who is going to win. Ouch!

Sue Lempert is the former mayor of San Mateo. Her column runs every Monday. She can be reached at sue@smdailyjournal.com.

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(21) comments

Jorg

Sue: I think it all boils down to the question, who in his or her right mind can vote for Trump after all we have seen? I think the question should be crystal clear: NO ONE!

Terence Y

Hey, it’s my buddy Jorg. Where have you been – everything okay? BTW, your two surrogates, the TDS-twins (Tommy instabili-Tee and Daffy Taffy Dave) have done a lousy job in pushing your hating Trump more than you love America agenda. You should parrot Trump and tell them, “You’re fired!” To answer your question of who in his or her right mind can vote for Trump? EVERYONE!

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Jackie Gleason rolled the dice, smiled and said, "How sweet it is". The idiom, "He who laughs last laughs best", also comes to my mind. I'm betting these are the thoughts that occupy the thinking of most patriots. Because we have faith in the wisdom of our fellow citizens and are not dependent media sources.

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Tens of thousands are estimated to have gathered for a celebration of their country with the "orange man" in battle ground Pennsylvania. Worried? ROTFLMAO

Tafhdyd

Wilfred,

Speaking about the media and other sources of info, I usually check everything I get by email or message from both friends and foes for their accuracy when they sound a little too good to be true and I guess you do also. I am still on a land line phone, regular tv with basic cable, not HBO or the extras, and a desk top computer for internet. I don't have tweets, facebook, linked in, looped on or pooped out. I do have a four year old cell phone though. Most comments or rumors from either political side about the other are easily checked and some are actually true. Most of the time though, when there is a bit of truth in them it has been stretched like a piano wire.

Anyway enough of the serious stuff. I am sure you must have seen the clip of Trump and his famous photo op at St. John's Church a few months ago but in case you missed it here is a link if it works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50Q7tgb2OtQ

Have a good evening and let's have a good day tomorrow.

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Tafhdyd,

OMG, I'm laughing so hard I can hardly type this. This is being placed in my "happiness is file". Need I say anymore?

I hope, no, pray, the same happens to the inhuman creature/s that put up Biden and Harris to run against Trump. SMH

Tafhdyd

Wilfred,

Every day we can learn something new. A preface to my question is being that I am old school it was many years I wondered why people would put little old ladies, lol, on a comment or reply. Then I found out that it was not little old ladies it was laughing out loud. In that context I have to ask what is SMH?

No hard feelings but I think my buddy Joe is going to do in your buddy Donald tomorrow.

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Tafhdyd,

The youtube funny aside. We have more in common than not. It is the reason I have such visceral contempt for the laziness and uncreative state of media. My childhood friend, still living in the North Shoreview home he was raised in, is like you. As I told him, I tell you, I will not allow our supposed betters to turn us against each other. I trust you know the reason why.

Wilfred Fernandez Jr

Tafhdyd,

SMH is an acronym for shaking my head. Let me know if you are interested in my reasoning for not agreeing with you on who is going to win tomorrow. I'll add that you shouldn't be surprised if the GOP gains in Congressional strength as well. To conclude, if you didn't read what I wrote on another thread some time ago, I don't suffer fools and I choose not to be disagreeable with fellow patriots. So you needn't worry about hard feelings, because I consider you a fellow patriot.

Tafhdyd

Wilfred,

Thanks for SMH info. I do remember the general theme of your comments some time back but not the specifics. I know know that you know I don't agree but I do respect the fact that you actually have reasons for your position. The same goes for Ray that comments regularly. He disagrees with my position and I with his but we still toss the reasons back and forth and discuss without being nasty. I don't have a lot of use for those that blindly throw stuff at the wall and have nothing to support it other than Hannity said so and try to insult people with their childish ways.

Have a good evening and we will see what the people say tomorrow!

Terence Y

Found this morning - maybe from a highly placed source in the administration:

I’m Hiden Biden and I approve this message, or think I do.

- I haven’t done anything while in office for 47 years, but I promise to now do something for the next 4 years if I last that long. If I don’t, my VP will lead you into the Communist and Green New Deal ages that will cost trillions of dollars.

- I promise to take away your 1st and 2nd Amendment rights. I already own Twitter and Facebook and most of the lamestream media and I can’t have anyone opposing me to be armed.

- I promise to raise your taxes so any money received under Trump’s tax cuts, I’m going to take away, and then even more.

- I promise to pack the court and move them to the city of California.

- I promise to meet with anyone in the world. Just set up a meeting with my son, Where’s Hunter, and bring a "gift."

-------

Paid for by Biden for Senate, headquarters in the City of Arizona, Chinese States of America.

Tommy Tee

Love it, Terrence! What highly placed source is this--Sean Hannity?

Tafhdyd

Tommy,

Do you really think Hannity is that dumb? Well now that I think about it, he is buddy buddy with Trump.

Tommy Tee

Yep--his #1 advisor and sycophant.

Terence Y

Dear readers. Notice the TDS-twins, Tommy hilari-Tee and Daffy Taffy are unable to defend brain-dead Biden and instead write inane comments? Notice they’re avoiding all discussions regarding BLM – Biden’s Laptop Matters? They've become more desperate in the past week.

tarzantom

Our Nation is divided much to the credit of both traditional and modern day social media. Hopefully people will sift through the hype and drama and vote for candidates that support proven principles and values and maintain checks and balances for current and future generations.

Christopher Conway

Wasn't in 2016 where they said the same thing about Trump as they are saying this year that he would not accept the results of the election. Trump won in 2016, and the Democrats and Hillary were the ones who could not accept the results. They said it was Russia, they spied on his campaign, they ran an illegitimate investigation resulting in a special council. They impeached him and made his entire four years as difficult as possible. Very rich for the Democrats to once again warn us about president Trump when it has been the Democrats who never accepted the results of the 2016 election. Sorry Sue if we ignore your partisan swipes at our beloved president, you are nothing but a bitter old Democrat who definitely didn't age well.

Tafhdyd

I hope you find the mirror before you go.

JustMike650

Chris, the females in the C family are appalled at the way you continue to be unable to debate civilly without resorting to derogatory words.

Terence Y

JustMikey – the females of all families, and even the males, are appalled at your unhealthy obsession with Mr. Conway. Puppy dogging after Mr. Conway is not a nice look for you. Reeks of desperation and a need for acceptance.

JustMike650

Terence

I dog CC. You dog Taf

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