If the election of President Donald Trump was improbable everything that has happened since borders on the unbelievable.
Staring into the teeth of a knock-down, drag-out defeat, many wondered how he would get the horseshoe into the glove to throw the counter-punch he so needs to get him off the ropes in his battle with Joe Biden.
Stung by news the US economy has suffered its biggest blow since the Great Depression, he has recklessly looked to postpone the US election. It may only look like a feint or a shimmy, but it has the potential to unbalance and bitterly divide.
Having placed all his chips on a recovery, news from the Federal Reserve, that America is facing financial calamity, left him flailing wildly and dangerously. His problems have been crystallised more sharply than at any other time since his election.
Fed chairman Jerome Powell did not hold back: "The path of the economy is going to depend on the course of the virus and on the measures we take to keep it in check," he said.
"The two things are not in conflict. Social distancing measures and a fast reopening of the economy actually go together. They're not in competition with each other."
But Mr Trump has wilfully refused to see it this way. His grievously lax record in the pandemic is now being exposed.
His critics insist his persistence in optimising his re-election prospects above the health needs of the nation have backfired ruinously on those who can least afford it.
He sought to fill a knowledge vacuum with dangerous illusions.
First came the illusion that Covid-19 wasn't a threat, this was followed with the illusion that he would act as a 'wartime president' against it.
Even his own key White House adviser Larry Kudlow had to concede: "The coronavirus outbreak is causing tremendous human and economic hardship across the United States and around the world."
Our own latest Covid-19 figures showing significant outbreaks, with 85 new cases, are a frightening reminder how ruthlessly this virus will exploit every opportunity it is given.
Tragically, where America was always at the forefront in taking a leadership role in every global emergency, it now serves as the example everyone wants to avoid.
Mr Trump has sought scapegoats - China, the UN, and the Democratic Party have all come under attack - as attempts to divert and distract became more anguished. Thomas Edison used to insist: "I have not failed: I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Mr Trump seems determined to find thousands more. Thankfully, he does not have the power to delay November's presidential election without Congress approving the decision.
But he does have the power to set off a ruinous political fire-storm damaging the very fabric of democracy. And his steadfast refusal to say whether he'd accept an adverse result looks set to guarantee the United States is likely to be anything but, for the foreseeable future.