Hillary Clinton looked like a president last night. Trump tried the undermine her with small-minded schoolyard taunts, but Clinton elevated the debate. There are two keys left to a Clinton victory: (1) avoiding any minefields or rhetorical gaffes & (2) making sure people entitled to vote on election day are permitted to vote on election day. I will be in Pittsburgh on Election Day to do my small part make sure the latter happens.
Hopefully fears of attempts at voter intimidation are overblown, but it’s not hard to imagine Trump’s white male open carrying base stalking election precincts to prevent or discourage anyone perceived to be a Clinton voter from voting, particularly minority voters. We need to be prepared to contact local authorities, the Clinton campaign and civil rights organizations.
Assuming Clinton wins, the key to a progressive future lies in overcoming Senator John McCain’s promise to obstruct and prevent a new Justice for four years. That would mean a total of 5 years the GOP Senate failing to execute its Constitutional duty.
So much of what progressives care about has been blocked or thwarted by retrograde conservative members of the highest Court: immigration reform, part of health care reform, campaign finance reform, voting rights, gun reform, reproductive rights, clean air regulations, and rights to bring class actions against major corporations.
Even marriage equality could be reversed if Justice Kennedy (a conservative) were to step down and a Republican president were to replace him 4 years from now.
It looks like a long shot for Democrats to win a heavily gerrymandered House, but the Senate is a likely win if we get our voters out, contribute and campaign. And a Democratic Senate, while likely to maintain the filibuster, would be able to eliminate the filibuster for Supreme Court Justices just as it limited the filibuster for lower court federal judges under Harry Reid. Enough Republicans would take that concern seriously that it is highly likely that either Judge Garland or a Clinton appointee would be confirmed should Democrats win the Senate three weeks from now.
Electing Secretary Clinton will yield major results over the next four years, but electing a Democratic Senate will yield a Supreme Court that will result in less climate change, cleaner elections, immigrants who are out of the shadows, safer streets and more consumer and civil rights for decades to come.