After we recorded this Gillmor Gang, it was Day 4 post-election, or midweek in counting the late incoming mail and different provisional ballots. We had been largely satisfied of the Biden victory, however that nagging doubt instilled in us by 2016 nonetheless pervaded the Zoom session. Saturday’s road get together felt extra prefer it, and the sheer pleasure of Kamala Harris’s historic ascendancy was palpable.
As we sit one more day later, the notion that Trump won’t ever concede is matched by the equal feeling that we might care much less. The air slowly leaking out of the tire doesn’t appear notably impactful, however the second when the metallic rim connects with the concrete will carry issues rapidly to the truth. What’s actually stark is the community chatter about Trump’s silence, that he has no plan. Is that this new? He’s by no means conceded something, and his plan is to disrupt any plan.
Nonetheless, we’re so used to wallowing on this mess that we really feel misplaced in our fatigue and good luck. At the same time as we recorded, processing the scale of the vote on each side took some effort. We perceive the pandemic-mandated mail-in surge, however why the closeness of the numbers? A part of the shock is how engaged the opposition is given the horror of the loss of life toll, the readability of the lies and evasions, the totalitarian suppression of knowledge.
The presidency is at its coronary heart an emotional transmitter: right here’s what the deal is, right here’s what we have to do, right here’s what we’re going to do. Nevertheless chaotic Trump’s message is, he’s straightforward to know. Biden was profitable sufficient in his pitch to recommend he noticed the world in comparable methods, changing worry with collective hope. Two distinct messages, one primary strategy: repair the opposite man’s errors. It’s not a magnificence contest, however an unsightly contest.
On Saturday Evening Dwell, Dave Chappelle explored this odd coalition. He had a quizzical look that raised and answered the musical query: Can I get away with this? Solely sometimes humorous in phrases, he was deep in braveness and rigorous in opposition to traditional partisan knowledge. Are we able to see it each methods, not only one means, our means? Smoking, swearing ugly, he peered out into the second with that questioning expression: Am I getting away with this? Ought to I?
As counting continues, we take a break to look at a Netflix collection, “The Queen’s Gambit.” Binge chess, with a mesmerizing mixture of mid-60s units and soundtrack, and the hypnotic rhythm of timer aggressive chess and the approaching of age of a teenaged future Grand Grasp woman. The counterpoint of Trump’s silence and time journey monitoring pictures in and thru a Vegas resort chess conference produces a comforting feeling that this transition has room to breathe. Ready for the consensus to develop in an intricate chess match soothes us as we wait right now for political actuality to agency up.
The stakes are excessive, and the outcomes unknown. We might not know the way the warfare with the virus will go, however a minimum of we’ve one way or the other given ourselves an inexpensive likelihood of resetting the clock. As we recorded the present, we had sufficient knowledge to guess the outcome, even when we nonetheless don’t know the exact steps to January twentieth.
The election knowledge suggests Trump may have leverage to main Republicans who overtly problem him. How he parlays that to his private benefit will probably embody a run at some model of TrumpTV, although his common play is to license the model. He might discover that troublesome with the prospect of going face to face with Murdoch, Fox Information and The Wall Avenue Journal. That group might require Trump to concede to be able to make a deal.
However sufficient, already. Lame duck is a good place for the Donald to try to blast his means out of the sand lure. Democrats have earned a well-deserved respite for the vacations, due to the Biden crew’s relentless concentrate on profitable the Electoral Faculty for as soon as. Who knew? They did. And the second in chess when the loser affords resignation comes not on the bitter finish however three or 4 strikes earlier than.
Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor
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