Halloween came early with Amy Coney Barrett's seizure of a Supreme Court seat.
I'm trying to raise my hopes that my worst fears won't be realized. But I'm finding it difficult.
Perhaps we can go to the moon - they've found water on sunlit areas there. But just molecules, not ice or liquid. Doesn't sound like much of a beach.
Joe Biden's lead in the presidential race is encouraging, but Barrett's presence increases my paranoia that Trump can steal the election through a Supreme Court-engineered coup.
I'm also optimistic about the Democrats taking control of the Senate, passing legislation to reverse the reactionary court's bad decisions. But I remain uneasy.
Those long lines in early voting boost my faith in American democracy.
I hope the republic prevails.