By Charles D. Ellison
Hacks, pollsters and pundits in the politics business call this “game theory” – fleshing out paths to victory by creating alternate universes and scenarios on a campaign war board. But, in this election, it’s not a game because the stakes are just too high.
President Obama has had his hands full – you can’t get it all done in just three years (minus one when you count the Congressional gridlock). But he’s faced with a wickedly divided electorate and shady Republicans that are spiteful enough to try something new –even if it means blowing it all up.
The polls are tightening. And along with uncertainty comes the realization that anything could happen: despite optimistic early ballot returns for the incumbent, GOP nominee Mitt Romney could best the brother in the White House.
If that were to happen, what would your world look like the day after President Obama loses? Just saying …
1. The First Black Family Will Get an Eviction Notice
That happy face feeling, cultural adrenaline and self-esteem shot you get from seeing Black Camelot on the cover of Ebony, JET, Essence and elsewhere? You know what I’m talking about. Well – forget about all that. Replace that with a collective negritudinal depression to match that of any felt since slavery.
2. Republicans Will Get Real Damn Cocky
In sports, you know how after you lose a game there are some folks who just love rubbing it in your face? That’s what most Republicans will do if Governor Mitt Romney wins: they will revel in a festive “In-Your-Face!” vilifying the loser as one of the worst Presidents and candidates of all time. Your White conservative co-worker with the Breitbart memorial screensaver only inches away from your cubicle? Expect them to do victory laps around the water cooler.