Right, until all the votes are counted,I'll be on edge.
I think we all will be to some extent but not because there's really any chance that he could win against Clinton but rather because if
that happened, the consequences would be so dire.
He surprised everyone in the context of the GOP primaries, true. But that's really because we had no properly understood the full or true nature of that particular segment of the electorate (that is, we hadn't appreciated how driven by racism, xenophobia and bigotry they are and how locked into an extremist epistemology they have been). Early on in this election, well before the primaries settled on candidates, a Clinton strategist was asked about Hillary versus Trump. He responded, "I doubt we'll get that lucky". What he was clearly referring to there was how difficult to impossible it would be for Trump to win in the general.
Trump is going to lose and the only question is the magnitude of the defeat.
My concerns, and they aren't small, relate to what happens after the election. As we've seen with GOP office holders and congressional leaders, fear of angering this electorally powerful Trump-supporting base and then being primaried out or booted from high positions in the party, constrains and channels them into positions, statements and acts which are doing them and their party no good at all in anything but the very short term.
The dynamics that direct Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell to be such weasels will likely remain in place. The same goes for the religious right who have bastardized themselves so repugnantly in support of...Donald Trump, for **** sake.
I don't know how this plays out but there's a deep nihilism in place that scares the hell out of me.