Post Election Prospects

This morning, two astute legal commentators, Diana Lithwick, writing in Slate, and Linda Greenhouse, in the New York Times, speculate about frightening scenarios, some of which may –– correction: seem likely to –– occur on November 3 and the days and weeks that follow.

Their columns brought a classic scene to mind: On a dark and stormy night, the train is traveling at high speed, and the engineer is unaware that the bridge ahead has been undermined by floods and may give way under the weight and vibration of a speeding train. A red signal is flashing, but his eyes are shut, his head nodding, as the train speeds on.