I would like to think that Ruth Bader Ginsberg's untimely passing is not the catastrophe that it appears to be. I would like to think that Mitch McConnell is a man of principle, and having once said that the Senate should not confirm a Supreme Court justice in an election year he will not brazenly expose himself as a hypocrite and confirm a Supreme Court justice in an election year.
I would like to think these things, but I can't. My ability to suspend disbelief only goes so far. Of course McConnell is not a man of principle. Of course he will ram Trump's third Supreme Court nomination through the Senate in the next few weeks. That much is absolutely certain.
What is only a little less certain is what happens after that. If you eliminate the totally unrealistic scenario that Biden wins the election in an overwhelming landslide and Trump concedes, what are we left with? Either Trump wins outright, or he loses on the margins, and we have a replay of Bush v. Gore, except that this time it will be adjudicated by a Supreme Court with a conservative majority, and three of nine justices appointed by the very president whose fate they are deciding. If you think they will rule against Trump, well, I wish I shared your ability to suspend disbelief.
So the legitimacy of the government of the United States of America after January 2021 is now very much in doubt (if it isn't already). The legitimacy of the Supreme Court is already very much in doubt, and has been ever since Mitch McConnell exercised his extra-Constitutional veto power over Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland. We are facing the very real prospect of a second Trump term even if Biden wins, to say nothing of losing 70 years of social progress. Roe v. Wade is already as good as dead, as is the separation of church and state, and we are now we are looking at the very real prospect of also losing Obergefell v. Hodges, possibly even Griswold v. Connecticut. LGBT rights, worker's rights, minority rights, immigrant rights, gone, squished under the new Christian theocracy thinly disguised as "religious freedom."
Fundamentalist Christians voted for Trump because he promised them power. Some have speculated that they might be having buyers remorse but I'm pretty sure today the opposite is true. Trump has delivered what he promised. In spades. His legacy will last generations. It may never be possible to undo the damage. The United States of America may soon be a wholly owned subsidiary of the Trump Organization.