According to every poll that’s out there, Barack Obama is headed for victory on November 4th. While the McCain/Palin ticket thrashes about, resorting to Joe McCarthy-like tactics, Obama has led his organization to run one of the smartest, most effective campaigns in U. S. history. Even staunchly Republican pundits admit to seeing the writing on the wall. But anything can happen in these last couple of weeks. What will happen in this country if we wake up on November 5th and turn on the television to see replays of Barack Obama’s late night concession speech? How will our democracy and our citizenry be viewed by a world that had been expecting to see an enlightened America emerge from this contest? How will African-Americans and other people of color feel when they start hearing reports of voter fraud and disenfranchisement in key states? How will the Congress, which will be overwhelmingly democratic, feel about a President-elect who ran such a divisive campaign and his running mate who spent the last two months slurring so-called Washington “insiders”? What kind of turmoil and gridlock will this government be thrown into by this “maverick” who constantly claimed he could “reach across the aisle” but clearly hates everyone who sits there?