Then What?

Aftermath

Amid all of the talk around starting the Impeachment process or not, and which Democratic candidate is polling best against Trump, there is an element of the car-chasing-dog and the question what does it do when it catches one. At this point, the most critical conversation that we aren’t having is what happens when Trump is gone.

Historian Steven Beschloss touched on the point in a Tweet yesterday, saying:

“We used to have Democrats & Republicans. We saw the world differently, but assumed the other side shared a love of country, commitment to the constitution & belief in core American values. That assumption has been broken, perhaps irreparably. Unity will take unique leadership.”

Trump and his GOP enablers have done serious damage to our democracy, the rule of law and our standing in the world. It’s not as though the endless parade of talking heads on TV have missed this either, many have properly noted that Joe Biden’s strength in the polls stems to a significant degree that he represents a restoration of normalcy in politics and governing. The Democratic candidate who most capably presents a plan to clean up after Trump and restore a more normal order of things, especially if that is coupled with plans to address progressive desires, will be the odds-on favorite to be the Democratic nominee, and likely defeat The Orange One in the general election.

This will not be an easy task as it will mean stuffing all of those enabled and encouraged white-supremacists and fascists back down in their hole. Serious repairs will have to be undertaken on the Senate and the judiciary after the damage Mitch McConnell has wrought.

Decades-old alliances will have to be rebuilt.

There are many fantastic, forward looking ideas coming from the Democrats that would make great improvements in lives of Americans. However, it is hard to see any of those going very far until we fix the things Trump has broken this country. Of course, the next President might also have to physically throw Trump out of the White House next year, too.

While you start jotting down your honey-do list for the next President and Congress, have an Aftermath Cocktail. The drink from @Fransos via KindredCocktail is a delicious Rum Old Fashioned variant:

2 oz Cuban rum, Havana Club Selección De Maestros

.25 oz Demerara Rum, Lemon Hart 151.25 oz Cruzan Blackstrap Virgin Islands Rum

18 drops Bitters, Bittermens ‘Elemakule Tiki

7 drops Bitters, Bittermens Xocolatl Mole

1 t rich Demerara syrup

Stir on a big rock. Garnish with a fat orange peel.

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