You can tell an election is approaching since the feds will start indicting Republicans (legit or not) so they can bring back the "culture of corruption" charge.
"...And these atomic bombs which science burst upon the world that night were strange, even to the men who used them." H. G. Wells, The World Set Free, 1914
"The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections." -Lord Acton