Writing at CounterPunch, Paul Street asks (and answers): "Is it the (fascist) apocalypse yet"? The litany of Trump's crimes is discouragingly familiar. But I was much more interested in the conclusion of the essay, where Street writes about what it will take to prevent Trump from continuing into a second term. He says that "I've never found near-term history less predictable". But aside from the wildcard of the possibility that Trump could still have a covid-19 relapse, really there doesn't seem to be anything at all unpredictable about the scenario that is now unfolding.
Barring a total Biden sweep in both the popular vote and the absurdly anti-democratic Electoral College, it seems likely that a massive and consistent popular presence in the streets (and elsewhere) will be required to have a decent and “fair” vote, insofar as such a thing is even possible under the highly flawed, reactionary, and money-soaked U.S. party and elections system. ...
Will Democrats be willing to call masses into the streets, rejecting the pathetic path of surrender taken by the Gore-Lieberman Democrats in 2000-2001? Perhaps, but the signs are not good.
Of course the Democrats won't organize any mass protests. The military is not going to intervene either. This isn't going to be an election, or a civil war either. It's looking like Trump's rampage cannot be stopped.