Donald Trump's campaign depends on whether there are more terrorist attacks and police shootings in America. Such dire scenarios still may not be enough to win over a nervous electorate in November, but could push some swing voters toward his program of law and order at home and abroad.
The reaction to Trump's speech from most commentators was that it was too "dark and gloomy" but if the next two months are like the previous two, the Trump policy might drive more people in the same direction evoked by Richard Nixon or the "dark side" conjured up by Vice President Cheney during the run-up to Iraq.
In any electoral scenario, Trump is projected to reach the high 40 percent range, leaving a percentage of voters open to more militarism and super-policing.
Democrats are no doubt preparing deterrent measures. First, when Congress returns to session, Democrats can demand that Congress finally get around to passing an authorization of the use of force against ISIS. The Republican response, voiced by some like Newt Gingrich, will be for a wide-open unconditional authorization premise on the assumption of cutting all domestic social programs.
Second, Clinton can fight on behalf of those 9/11 victims' families in trying to sue Saudi Arabia for its tangible aid to some of the hijackers. The Obama administration is resistant to the families, but there are plenty of precedents for intervening in foreign policy for human rights or health reasons. They have released the 28 missing pages detailing nuggets of the Saudi role and now it is time to support the families.
Third, Democrats can stress the horrors of nuclear weapons being deployed in South Korea and Japan, as encouraged by Trump.
Finally, they can consistently step up efforts to reform the criminal justice system.
Most of all, they can be on high alert and remain well prepared for what seems inevitable.