If Hillary Clinton Wins
If Donald Trump Wins
"The wall is going to be an extraordinarily expensive consideration. Mexico is not going to pay for it, and the United States Congress isn't going to either."
But achieving many of Trump's other goals is going to be tricky. Trump would appoint conservative Supreme Court justices, but justices tend to get more liberal with age—Republican appointees recently cast deciding votes in decisions upholding Obamacare and striking down the ban on gay marriage. A US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement would devastate international efforts to fight climate change, but it might also turn America into a "diplomatic pariah," according to the AFP. And repealing Obamacare sounds easy, but gets harder when you have to tell voters what that means."Republicans don't fully appreciate what the political fallout of repealing Obamacare will be," said Hudak. "People will be thrilled that Obamacare is repealed, and then furious that their 25-year-old kid is now off their insurance," among other broadly popular parts of the law that would disappear."When you do public opinion polling on this, everyone hates Obamacare, but they love a lot of the elements of it," Hudak added.As Obama learned, having a Senate majority is only good for so much if you don't have the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster. It's true that Republicans could enact a rule change with a simple majority that would wipe out the filibuster—Jonathan Chait of New York and other people think this will happen very soon, whoever wins on Tuesday.
Repealing Obamacare sounds easy, but gets harder when you have to tell voters what that means.
It'd be up to Congress to rein in a rogue president Trump. It could do that through censure, through denying funding to the unconstitutional program, or through impeachment. If everything breaks just exactly wrong, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan may hold the future of the republic in his Crossfit-conditioned hands. But even if that future comes about and the three branches were engaged in open conflict, it wouldn't mean the end of democracy."In fact, it suggests that American democracy is working," said Hudak. "It's not a system that is without the ability for power to be abused. But the system works as well as it does because there are checks on powers, and there is an ability to deal with situations in which power is abused."It's easy to get lost in the angry rhetoric this election has stirred up. But America has always been worried. Our politics has always been dirty. You may feel a chill when someone tells you that Clinton will take your gun, or when someone else tells you Trump will get us into nuclear war, but back in 1800, papers warned that if Thomas Jefferson were elected, "We would see our wives and daughters the victims of legal prostitution." Things are always darkest before Election Day."We look at the partisanship in our politics right now and the polarization between our parties, and we see a scenario where it almost seems like no Congress is going to push back hard against a president of the same party," Hudak said. "But in moments like those, where a president is very seriously disrupting the constitutional order, I think you'd be surprised at how quickly Congress stops being red and blue and starts being protectors of the republic."Follow Harry Cheadle on Twitter.
"The system works as well as it does because there are checks on powers, and there is an ability to deal with situations in which power is abused."