There is a rumor that Padme's line was originally "So this is how democracy dies..."
The Republican tide, in this situation, suggests that American democracy is about to undergo a miscarriage. I wouldn't believe this if not for the continued rise of pathological and outright insane leaders in other nations. When the people choose their leaders based on character, then they normally succeed. But time and time again has shown that when people choose leaders to send a message, they choose leaders that do not only reflect, but embody their anger. Rule by the people does not work because it is always exercised in the name of negative Fe, and the pathology of negative Ni is ever its consort.