I am back from my ninth trip to New York to teach at Columbia. It is now just seven days until the election, so it is time for me to prognosticate. I am not talking about how the election will turn out, but about what will happen after the Democrats retake the House. [I am aware that there is a chance they will fail to do so, but since I plan to kill myself in that eventuality, I need not concern myself with it.]
Herewith my prediction. Like all pundits, I shall take full credit for it if I am right, and totally forget that I made it if I am wrong.
So: The day after the results are in, Trump will without the slightest evidence of unease or hesitation pivot to being a non-partisan supporter of DACA guarantees, comprehensive immigration reform, infrastructure spending, guarantees for those with pre-existing conditions, and whatever else Democrats want that does not negatively affect his own financial interests. Overtly, covertly, or implicitly, but in all events unmistakably, he will communicate it to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer that he will work cooperatively with them for the next two years so long as they squelch the Democratic lust for investigations of him or his family and allow him to summarily shut down the Mueller probe.
This will pose a terrible dilemma for the Democrats, and I fear there is a grave danger that they will succumb, in which case they will pave the way for Trump’s re-election and the death of what remains of constitutional democracy in America.