Tuesday night felt like a horror movie sequel in which the monster comes back.
What a dismal night for the Democratic Party. Even if Joe Biden does eke out an Electoral College victory, his presidency will be crippled by the GOP-controlled Senate. Rather than building their House majority, the Democrats treaded water, losing six members.
The GOP's rogue gallery marched on, invincible to Democratic attacks. Oceans of money, ridicule and ethical censure failed to defeat Mitch McConnell, Lindsay Graham, John Cornyn, Kelly Loeffler, David Perdue and Joni Ernst. Even embattled Susan Collins sailed to victory in Maine.
Even if Biden claims victory Wednesday, Donald Trump will do everything to hold on to the presidency. Legal precedent and federal law favor Biden, but this Supreme Court cares little for that. Trump like the Godfather will demand repayment from his Supreme Court appointees.
But maybe the so-called justices will rule in favor of American democracy, and the principle that every vote counts.
Lincoln appealed to "the better angels of our nature." Trump appeals to our worst traits. Trumpism is now a primary force in American politics.
But hey, the sun rose this morning. Autumn's in the air. I heard a song when I took a walk. Carpenters were working on houses down the street.
Through the years, I've seen the political pendulum swing back and forth many times. Happy days will come again.