I want Hillary Clinton to win Texas and Donald Trump to win Wisconsin. Here's why.

Donald Trump needs to lose the election — bigly. But if he wins certain swing states, both parties will learn important lessons.

A silver lining?
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Assuming the polls are not wildly off, and that nothing dramatic radically changes the outlook for the election, Donald Trump is going to lose, and lose badly. And if he loses badly enough, he may drag the Republican Party down with him, costing them control of the Senate and leaving the House on a knife's edge.

Such a rout would be richly deserved. But there are different ways for the GOP to lose badly, with different implications for the future. A double-digit victory margin for Hillary Clinton, and an overwhelming, 1988-style victory in the Electoral College, would be a clear repudiation of Trump and all he stands for. But that's precisely the problem. Not all that Trump stands for deserves repudiation, but a devastating loss of that sort would encourage the Democrats to consolidate their newly dominant coalition, while encouraging the Republicans to return to their old time religion in the hopes of restoring their brand. Such a "reset" of American politics to its pre-Trump configuration would leave the crucial issues Trump raised unaddressed.

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Noah Millman

Noah Millman is a screenwriter and filmmaker, a political columnist and a critic. From 2012 through 2017 he was a senior editor and featured blogger at The American Conservative. His work has also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Politico, USA Today, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, Foreign Policy, Modern Age, First Things, and the Jewish Review of Books, among other publications. Noah lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.