Two males cling to energy.
They’re very completely different males going through very completely different circumstances. However the issue is similar.
Donald Trump and Mike Madigan don’t wish to let go.
They’ve recognized that particular one thing that comes from controlling the fates of others and bending occasions to at least one’s will — and so they aren’t able to relinquish that.
When some readers raised this very comparability simply days in the past, I rejected it out of hand, so nice are the private variations between the 2 males.
However, upon reflection, there’s no denying the frequent denominator of their current circumstances: energy and its attract.
Trump is clinging to the presidency regardless of dropping the election. It’s not but time for him to go, simply time for him to acknowledge that he’ll.
His claims that the election was stolen from him are with out benefit, and his strategies of pursuing these claims are dangerously reckless. His efforts to undermine the vote are with out precedent in our trendy historical past.
There have been individuals who mentioned all alongside that he would refuse to go away workplace, an argument that was used to justify impeachment, amongst different issues, and my considering then was that we’d need to cross that bridge after we got here to it.
Now, the bridge is earlier than us. It’s a precarious time when Trump has been voted out however stays in energy. On the opposite facet is the Biden presidency, not a protected haven by any means however terra firma in comparison with the previous 4 years, solely Trump and his saboteurs try to explode the bridge.
We should belief in our authorized methods and within the perception that different Republicans who nonetheless maintain energy will see the knowledge of getting everybody safely throughout.
Within the meantime, I’d respectfully ask my Democratic pals to suppose twice earlier than taking part in any avenue demonstrations the subsequent few weeks.
The time may come for that, however please be clear that there are forces on each the precise and the left that can use any alternative proper now to take us additional into harmful territory.
It took Trump simply 4 years within the White Home to develop a lust for the kind of energy not even cash and celeb can purchase.
Think about then what is going on with Madigan, who’s clinging to the speakership of the Illinois Home, a place he has held for occurring 4 many years.
In contrast to Trump, Madigan simply received re-election to his Southwest Aspect seat and had requested his colleagues to present him one other time period as speaker, which they appeared ready to do regardless of a corruption scandal nipping at his heels.
However a federal indictment Wednesday of a key Madigan ally in an alleged scheme implicating the speaker has turned the tide, inflicting sufficient defections that he now seems wanting the 60 votes wanted to maintain management of the Home.
A lot as Trump says the election consequence was unfair, Madigan sees unfairness in a authorized course of that has positioned him underneath suspicion with out charging him. The consequence is similar: He must go.
Of the 2, I’d take into account Madigan the extra prone to go quietly — and honorably — in the long run, however, if there’s a technique to maintain on longer, he’ll strive.
Greater than any politician I’ve ever recognized, Madigan has held energy for its personal sake, his efforts targeted on preserving his majority greater than any specific set of coverage issues.
They are saying timing is the whole lot in politics, and Madigan’s has been higher than most. However he missed his cue to go away.
That will have come someday after his position in defeating former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, when individuals like me had been nonetheless glad to have him round as a bulwark in opposition to Rauner’s insurance policies, however earlier than federal brokers had devoted a lot time and power investigating him.
Some Democrats fear the whole lot will collapse for them with out Madigan to orchestrate their technique.
Sorry, but when Democrats can’t govern with out Madigan, they don’t deserve to take action. And I anticipate they’ll get alongside simply high-quality.
Mike Madigan isn’t any Donald Trump, and vice versa. However proper now they share the identical drawback — not understanding when to go away.