12 long, dark nights for America: late night conspiracy thoughts

by awindram

Twelve long, dark nights to go. 

Trump’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “Crooked Hillary launched her political career by letting terrorists off the hook.

Clinton’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “Glad to hear , his staff, Secret Service, and the crew are all safe.

Daily election article of interest: Words Fail

Twelve nights to go and not a twelfth woman comes forward accusing Trump of sexual misconduct – there’s a symmetry there.

At LaGuardia this evening Mike Pence’s plane skidded off a runway on landing. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, meaning this incredibly dark election was saved from the darkest of endings. And yet if you go wade your way through the febrile musings of some on twitter, you’ll see the immediate response is to cry conspiracy. If this incident had resulted in an altogether unhappier ending we would have a significant minority of the election blaming the other party’s candidate for the tragic death of one of their opponents. Conspiracy hysteria is, of course, nothing new to the US, but it feels like a greater existential threat now when there is one candidate incapable of reaffirming people’s faith in the country’s political institutions, but will instead happily point out that democracy is rigged, and when things are rigged … well, bad things happen to those who disrupt the status quo. Let’s see what he does over this in the next two weeks. Let’s see if he insinuates something darker. We know he doesn’t just listen to Alex Jones’ conspiracy theory radio show, but takes talking points from it, and I’m sure that will have a level-headed view of things in tomorrow’s show.