Charlie Baker is up for re-election in 2018, the second year of President Trump, who has made “Republican” a synonym for “racist misogynist” and ridden that label to the White House, despite losing the election, because of our anti-democratic electoral college system.
At the moment, Baker is doing great, but two years is a long time. If Trump actually puts his platform into practice, there may be severe consequences: recession, as trade declines, the dollar falls, foreign capital stops funding our deficits, and inflation, interest rates, and unemployment rise; civil unrest, as police launch “stop and frisk” programs nationwide in predominantly minority communities and hunt, arrest, and deport millions of undocumented migrants; discontent as millions lose Obamacare; and anger after Roe v. Wade is overturned and states become free to limit women’s control over reproduction, among other possibilities.
That’s a heavy load for “This is going to be the last one, sweetheart” Baker to carry on his ever-more extremist Republican shoulders, in ever-bluer New England.
Or maybe everything will be fine, Trump was only kidding about “grab them by the pussy,” his multiple bankruptcies really are an excellent preparation for national economic management, his discriminatory business practices and embrace of birtherism were only means to an end rather than actual racism, and his promises to put his political opponents in jail for undefined crimes was never meant seriously.