Accordingly, my four predictions assume that Republicans retain control of the House, regain control of the Senate, and win the White House. One, on the first day of the new Senate, when it amends or adopts rules by majority vote, Republican senators will eliminate filibusters and restrict holds to make Democratic resistance to extremist legislation or appointments difficult, if not impossible.
Two, Republican politicians will intensify steps which Republican-controlled state governments have attempted or taken to suppress voting in ways disproportionately affecting minorities, seniors, and students, to expand or make permanent the means to future electoral success. They will not only make voting requirements and arrangements more stringent and limited, but also limit the franchise in other ways. They will make legal challenges to define the vote as a privilege, not a right, for states to award. The Republican attorney general will not investigate or take action against voting-related irregularities, including voter fraud by the National Republican Committee.
Thus, three, Republicans politicians will establish permanent rule of an economically and ethnically apartheid country. Between Romney's 1-percent socio-economic elitism and his campaign-co-chair John Sununu's all-purpose racism, we see the gamut of Republican values and attitudes. For the means by which Republicans eke out victory in this year's election, if they win, will be the means, augmented as the possession of power gives them greater opportunity, to ensure victories in future years' elections.
Four, Romney's political strategy will be to trade off his support on social-cultural-civil issues which he has not strongly or consistently supported, like abortion, for support on any economic, environmental, health, and military issues. Given the opportunistic inconsistency, and collective incoherence, of his positions during the campaign, no matter what he does, he will claim that he told us so and that his victory means that he has a mandate for whatever he does.
My speculation concerns abortion without exception for rape-a likely provision of proposed Republican state and federal legislation, one not considered in light of the national history of race relations. In the 1930s, two white women accused nine black men, soon known as the Scottsboro Boys, of raping them. In the notorious course of trials, convictions, appeals, and more convictions, one of the alleged victims recanted her accusation in its entirety. Nevertheless, racial prejudice demanded convictions and the death penalty, the standard sentence for black men convicted of raping white women.
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