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 ClintonTrump rips Krugman, NYT after columnist writes GOP no longer believes in American values Klobuchar jokes to Cuomo: 'I feel you creeping over my shoulder' but 'not in a Trumpian manner' Dems seek to rein in calls for impeachment 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 ComeyTrump rips Krugman, NYT after columnist writes GOP no longer believes in American values Dems seek to rein in calls for impeachment Heavy lapses in judgment are politicizing the justice system 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 RyanAppeals court rules House chaplain can reject secular prayers FEC filing: No individuals donated to indicted GOP rep this cycle The Hill's Morning Report - Waiting on Mueller: Answers come on Thursday 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 PruittOvernight Energy: Flint residents can sue EPA over water crisis | Environmentalists see victory with Green New Deal blitz | March global temperatures were second hottest on record | EPA told to make final decision on controversial pesticide Court orders EPA to make final decision on banning controversial pesticide Former EPA chief Scott Pruitt registers as lobbyist in Indiana 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 McCainIf you don't think illegal immigrants are voting for president, think again 10 factors making Russia election interference the most enduring scandal of the Obama era Earth Day founder's daughter: Most Republican leaders believe in climate change in private MORE (R-Ariz.). Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Dem candidates sell policy as smart politics Overnight Defense: Trump ends sanctions waivers for buying Iranian oil | At least four Americans killed in Sri Lanka attacks | Sanders pushes for Yemen veto override vote McConnell: 'Time to move on' from Trump impeachment talk 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. IsraelDemocrats should not allow Republicans to define them An uncertain view from Israel Is President Trump a relentless character on Game of Thrones? 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.