I celebrated my birthday on the weekend. It was great. There was cake. Cake is good.

Birthdays are a time for contemplation (at least at my age). What’s been good so far? What’s been less good? What have I achieved? What lies ahead? Blah, blah, blah …

They are also an opportunity to reflect on unanticipated experiences – for example, wearing a face mask in public or reading David Brooks’ recent op ed piece. “What Will You Do if Trump Doesn’t Leave?” Four years ago I couldn’t have imagined ever reading this headline in the New York Times.

American presidential elections are notoriously dirty business. Gerrymandering? You bet. Running a dirty campaign? For sure. Intimidating and excluding voters? Far, far, too often. Contested results and a decision by the Supreme Court? 2000 Bush vs. Gore. Borderline bribes and other forms of funny business? All in the history books. But an incumbent not abdicating office should they lose the election? That would be something new.

Brooks argues that the scenario is all to real and I, unfortunately, agree with him. What is your opinion? Leave a comment.

Image by Nina Garman from Pixabay.

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