The Moose warns that history might repeat itself if Kerry is elected.
The Moose Polling Service (MPS) has no great insight on the outcome of this election. As a matter of fact, the Moose discounts all measurements of voter sentiment from now until the ballots are counted - better to consult a ouija board. However, the Moose has a premonition what will happen if Kerry is victorious.
In short, if Kerry wins, Republicans will move on Wednesday to delegitimize his victory. The Moose is not necessarily referring to ballot challenges, although that will likely occur. What the Moose is referring to is an attempt by the vast right wing conspiracy (take the Moose's word - he was there and Hillary was exactly right about this term) will seek to strangle the Democratic Presidency in its crib.
If Republicans control Congress, expect Delay and company to declare that they will fight to the death to preserve the Bush tax cuts and stymie the Kerry "liberal" agenda. The right-wing talking heads will question whether the troops will willingly serve under a "traitor". For a model of what to expect from the right, just review the early days of the Clinton Administration - but now the G.O.P. controls Congress and a significant cable media outlet. The swift boat attacks will seem like a day at the beach compared to the conservative onslaught following a Kerry victory
And don't expect a significant Republican crack-up. The right will be united in opposition - in fact it thrives in that environment.
It is therefore imperative that a newly-elected President Kerry immediately send a message that his new administration will be one of national unity. He will need to find Republican allies and place them on his transition team. And the Kerry team must be disciplined so as to not provide the right with easy targets.
If Kerry wins, Democrats should luxuriate in the triumph, but the Moose warns his donkey friends not to let down their guard. The elephant will not take the loss lying down.