It won’t end on November 9.

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One of the common refrains lately is, ‘I’ll be so glad when this election is over.’

I have bad news.

It won’t be over.

No matter what happens on November 8, all hell is going to break loose on November 9. Let’s take it scenario by scenario.

Hillary Clinton Wins

If Hillary wins, she will be the first U.S. president to depart the inauguration ceremony as the subject of multiple federal criminal investigations.

President Obama could pardon her as his last official act. If he does, half the country will erupt in righteous fury. If Obama doesn’t pardon her, President Hillary Clinton will spend a major percentage of each day in office working to stymie the best efforts of the career federal agents assigned to investigate her activities and dealings. (See “Richard Nixon 1973” for a handy guide.)

Forget about the 100-day ‘honeymoon’ that is traditionally granted to new presidents. Hillary Clinton will take office with multiple packs of wolves baying at every White House gate.

As for the Republicans, if Hillary wins, the civil war that has been building in the Republican Party will fully erupt. The grandees of the party who have either been tepid in their support for Donald Trump or who have loudly rejected Trump will be blamed by millions of Republican voters for sabotaging a winnable election. Voters who supported Trump will be looking for someone to take it all out on. A number of Republicans will have every reason to fear the 2018 primary – perhaps none more so than Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Donald Trump Wins

If Donald Trump wins, the 40-something percent of Democrats who voted for Bernie Sanders in the primaries will say, ‘Told you so!’ The Democrats will thus have their own civil war and it will be bitter. A likely outcome is a party pulled even further to the left.

For their part, the national media were in trouble anyway and they hurt themselves in this election.

The “Drive Bys,” as Rush calls them, will never recover. More than in any previous election, they blatantly favored one candidate – Hillary; and shaped their coverage by actively seeking to destroy the other –Trump. Part of that effort included belittling Trump supporters.

Those folks are well and truly hacked off.

Talk radio and cable news operate on business models that work even if half or more of target consumers reject the product. Daily newspapers and broadcast TV network news departments don’t. As a result, the ratings and circulation declines that were already underway for the legacy media will only get worse. It is thus possible that the Big Three TV news departments have no more than one more presidential campaign left prior to extinction. Newspapers will be lucky to last that long.

But they won’t die quietly, especially if Trump wins. In a last desperate bid for redemption, the national media will attack Trump with a viciousness never before seen.

So, no, it won’t be over November 9. It will just be getting started.

Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of Gleiser Communications, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The Team FM & KYZS in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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5 Responses

  1. In 1974, many felt betrayed when Jerry Ford pardoned Richard Nixon.

    “It could go on and on and on, or someone must write the end to it. I have concluded that only I can do that, and if I can, I must.”

    Decades later, when Ford received the Profile In Courage Award from the Kennedys, we realized he was right.

    Enough.

  2. Richard Anderson says:

    I voted “for” TRUMP, the Republican nominee, and then continued going straight Republican all the rest of the way down the entire ballot without exception.
    It was not a difficult decision as our nation is in crisis.
    Donald Trump and all of the other Republicans running for office are “by far the best choice” to “restore” our country back to its “core principles” as established by our Christian Founding Fathers as “One Nation, under GOD, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All.”
    Everything we hold dear as Americans…. God, Family, Freedom, the Constitution, all of the ideals of the Declaration of Independence, and our grand country–AMERICA–itself, are at stake in the most crucial election of our lifetime.
    May God Always Continue To Bless The United States of America.
    II Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 33:12

  3. Jena Smith says:

    Mr. Gleiser, you are 100% correct in your assumption. I have been saying this same thing for weeks. I just pray that conservatives will be the ones rejoicing and the dems will be in chaos.

  4. Linda E Montrose says:

    I just got back from Arkansas. Guess what? I did NOT see even ONE hillary sign, but Trump signs were EVERYWHERE!!! This should tell you something, if Arkansas isn’t behind their boy and the beast, something is going to happen. Trump wins by a landslide more than likely. The media will try their best to cover it up as best they can as they have been doing, but when Trump gets in, the media is going in for an overhaul that is sorely needed.
    You may be right about things going haywire after the election, but it may not. Everyone thought the same about the resident illegal in our house when he was put in office a second time. Business as usual. hillary is going to be in deep do-do after the election no matter what happens. This is of her own making!

  5. James Manker says:

    .God wrought a tremendous display of His mercy upon our back-slidden nation last night. Realize now that the real WAR has just begun. We declared our independence from Britain in 1776, but the war lasted until September of 1783. So too, the American people voted independence from the globalist elites, the corrupt DC establishment, and the arrogant liberal media, who are all self-serving, inbred, incestuous beings, crushing the life and wealth out of our nation and her people while claiming to help and guide them. Will the American people have the stamina and discipline to see the war through?? The Global money interests have almost taken our nation down to their goal of destruction in order to form an utopian one world government. They, all drunk on their power, money and influence, distain the common man who is not one of them and who stop their ears to our cries for mercy and justice. There is one set on rules for them….No taxes (loopholes), no prosecution for crimes committed and personal enrichment at the public trough, while another set for us who pay the bills and obey the laws. These “people” who have sold their souls for the riches of this world will stop at nothing to get what they want. Do not think for a minute that while smiling at Mr. Trump, they are not sharpening the knives to stab him in the back. His own party will try to work against him. The media will crucify him and the big money (Federal Reserve.and too big to fail banks) will shortly raise interest rates to crush any economic growth and blame him for the coming failures. We need to keep the fire to the feet of our government leaders. We need to pray daily for our new President. May God Give him the wisdom, protection and strength for the battle that lays ahead. To the Church of Jesus Christ I say..work like you never have worked before, Get the harvest in, for night is coming when no man can work. The divine judgements will still fall on this nation; terrorism, bombings, social unrest, chaos and economic woes, unless we truly turn back to the God of our Fathers. Thank God that Donald Trump will be in the White House during this time and not Hillary. Get your homes in order…spiritually, mentally and physically. We’ve been given a little more time America, use it wisely.

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