I told you how to elect a Republican President.
I told you in 2008 and I repeated it in 2012. And even though you still weren't listening, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton combined to show you I was right all along.
Popular wins elections. Let me repeat that:
Popular wins elections.
Don't get me wrong - Donald Trump isn't exactly popular, but he IS a populist. And his popular message was enough to overcome a powerful Clinton machine which was being aided and abetted by the mainstream media in an unprecedented display of overt support for her candidacy. But if there was anyone even more unpopular than Donald Trump, it was Hillary Clinton.
Because she didn't have his message.
John McCain was a grumpy old man. Mitt Romney was a nice guy, but was not perceived as being as nice as Barack Obama. And there was also the Mormon thing, which kept Christian conservatives home on election day. Take away the "build a wall" policy of Donald Trump, and you have the EXACT policies that Mitt Romney ran on 4 years ago.
Now, there are still a lot of nuances to the Trump victory on Tuesday. Third party candidates in Gary Johnson (Libertarian party) and Jill Stein (Green party) taking enough votes from Hillary in key swing states to give Trump a victory he otherwise would not have had, 8 years of failed Obama policies which caused voters to gravitate towards anything remotely opposite, and of course, Hillary's legal and ethical problems. All helped in their different ways to allow Trump to get more electoral votes, even though he lost the popular vote.
But while Hillary had all the above baggage to deal with, Donald Trump had just one large bag to tote - himself and his big mouth. What wasn't dragging him down in the same way as previous GOP nominees was the Christian Coalition baggage.
Social conservative Christians make up (maybe) about 20% of the overall voting population, but comprise a majority of GOP voters. They are also much more vocal and active in local GOP politics, which is why so many GOP primary battles focus on social issues such as abortion, marriage equality and gay rights.
But the rest of America (I would argue the sane America) doesn't care about these issues; at least not to the same degree. Yet GOP nominees have been saddled with begging for the fealty of social conservative Christians for more than 40 years now, and what has that gotten you? A one-term George HW Bush. Two terms of George W. Bush, but that second term probably wouldn't have happened if not for 9/11. Two terms each for Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Out of the last 7 presidential terms of office, 4 were clear and overwhelming Democrat wins, and 3 were GOP wins against some of the worst candidates in Democrat history (and 2 of them were razor thin margins!).
If you're not personally popular like Bill and Barack, you'd better have a populist message to bring to the voters, and the "looking like you just sucked on a lemon", frowning Puritan platform of social conservatism is nowhere near as popular with the average American. And it is also antithetical to the other side of GOP politics, which is supposed to be for less government.
So here's my message to social conservatives: Just as you cannot force people to be pious or live a spiritual life, neither can you make Puritanism popular.
And popular wins elections. As it has since - forever.
Donald Trump was your wake-up call. Keep your personal views out of politics, or wander the wilderness yet again.
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