In parallel world, Hillary in White House, Donald in Trump Tower

In parallel world, Hillary in White House, Donald in Trump Tower
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Fans of Amazon Prime’s “Man In The High Castle” eagerly await an announcement of season three. Having just binge watched the series, I’m spooked enough to come to wonder whether Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonYoung Turks founder says Democrats should avoid repeat of 2016 and pick a progressive Young Turks founder says Democrats should avoid repeat of 2016 and pick a progressive Trump highlights polls that showed Clinton beating him by double digits MORE actually won the 2016 election and we’re living through a depraved illusion.

The show is a dystopian alternate history is based loosely on Philip Dick’s 1962 novel. In the television take, the Axis Powers win World War II and divide the American spoils into the Greater Nazi Reich and the Japanese Pacific States, separated by a neutral zone.

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Some characters, however, receive eerie evidence that none of it is real. They’re caught between two parallel universes. In one, America wins and life develops as we know it. In the other, Washington is a nuclear wasteland and the highest Nazi official in America — John Smith — lives in a comfortable home in the Long Island suburbs.

For those of us caught between the fiction of “Man In The High Castle” and the unbelievability of the current man in the White House, there’s this zen question: What if none of this is happening? And if it isn’t, what’s the fastest way to the parallel universe?

In that universe, we do bomb Syria just as way we did last week. We just don’t have a president who wants to withdraw our forces in late March, then allows Damascus, Moscow and Tehran to know that the missiles are coming, then tweets “Mission Accomplished!” after a significant tactical success, while 2,000 U.S. military are still in Syria, performing the mission.

In Moscow, an angry Vladimir Putin launches an investigation into the failure of his intel operation to meddle in our election. He puts further activities on hold until he gets answers. ISIS is in about the same condition as it is now, which is on the run. That’s because the military in both universes smartly pursue identical objectives. Although, in one, the commander-in-chief doesn’t have contradictory and incoherent designs.

Also, James ComeyJames Brien ComeyUnder Trump, our democracy is for sale Sarah Sanders to leave White House Sarah Sanders to leave White House MORE’s book isn’t a bestseller in this parallel universe. It’s not even a book because he’s still the FBI director, despite howls by the left that he resign or be replaced for almost costing Hillary the election. Politically, Democrats are slightly less sanguine about their midterm election prospects. In fact, they’re braced for disaster.

History, even in parallel universes, teaches them that the president’s party always loses seats in the first midterm. House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanIndiana GOP Rep. Brooks says she won't seek reelection Indiana GOP Rep. Brooks says she won't seek reelection Inside Biden's preparations for first debate MORE (R-Wis.) and his disciplined opposition to Hillary’s agenda establishes him as the heir apparent in the 2020 nomination. Ryan is working overtime, even on weekends, on the prospect.

The economy in Hillary’s universe continues to expand, but not at the same pace. Wall Street is unsettled by the failure of Congress and the White House to agree on whopping tax cuts for the rich. The Clinton administration continues regulations aimed at big oil, gas and mining conglomerates. Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittTrump directs agencies to cut advisory boards by 'at least' one-third Trump directs agencies to cut advisory boards by 'at least' one-third Overnight Energy: Former EPA chiefs say Trump has abandoned agency's mission | Trump in Iowa touts ethanol and knocks Biden | Greens sue Trump over drilling safety rollbacks | FDA downplays worries over 'forever chemicals' MORE flies coach because that’s what the taxpayers of Oklahoma can afford for their attorney general.

The right pillories Hillary for the continued flow of immigrants at the border. She responds with a nationally televised presidential address asking Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform as once conceptualized by Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCain#JohnMcCainDay trends on Trump's 73rd birthday #JohnMcCainDay trends on Trump's 73rd birthday New poll finds little GOP support for spending cuts to specific federal programs MORE (R-Ariz.). Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: Trump doubles down on claim Iran attacked tankers | Iran calls accusations 'alarming' | Top nuke official quietly left Pentagon | Pelosi vows Congress will block Saudi arms sale Overnight Defense: Trump doubles down on claim Iran attacked tankers | Iran calls accusations 'alarming' | Top nuke official quietly left Pentagon | Pelosi vows Congress will block Saudi arms sale McConnell defends Trump amid backlash: 'He gets picked at every day' MORE (R-Ky.), unwilling to hand her victory, handcuff the bill. Still, the farthest thing from the minds of “Dreamers” is the living nightmare of deportation.

There are no travel bans. There are neo-Nazi marches, but normal people know the difference between the two sides. And Fox News relentlessly claims that Hillary Clinton actually lost the election, a fiction binge watched by one man, high in Trump Tower.

Steve IsraelSteven (Steve) J. IsraelFive myths about perks of Congress Five myths about perks of Congress The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Biden go toe-to-toe in Iowa MORE represented New York in Congress for 16 years and served as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee from 2011 to 2015. His latest novel, “Big Guns,” will be released today. Follow him on Twitter @RepSteveIsrael and Facebook @RepSteveIsrael.