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.
Did Donald Trump win, or did Hillary Clinton lose?
Winner: Donald Trump.
He might turn out to be a very successful President, given that he has a GOP Congress to work with for at least his first 2 years, or he might turn out to be the dog who finally catches the car and says, "Now what?"
Loser Hillary Clinton.
You couldn't beat Donald Trump. Seriously . . . . ?
Winners: Elizabeth Warren and / or Michelle Obama.
They can now focus on 2020 and take up the mantle of being the first female President.
Loser: The Clinton Brand.
The kimono has been opened, and as is true in so many cases, that isn't a good thing. Better hope Obama has that blanket pardon in his pocket signed before he leave office. At least your granddaughter won't be visiting Nana in prison . . . .
Both sides, but especially Trump, shredded any pretense of civil discourse in Presidential elections, likely for years to come.
We'll hold out hope for a peaceful transfer of power in the next 70+ days, but this is something our country has done very well since it's inception.
Loser: The mainstream media.
See: Opening the kimono referenced above. And I don't think a Trump presidency is going to be very kind to you and your Constitutional "protections". What's really sad is that it took an illegal hack of a liberal's computer to expose you for the frauds and coat holders we all knew you were, but could never prove.
Winner: Megyn Kelly.
Despite protestations from Trump supporters, she played it straight and honest, going after both sides for their problems, and she can write her own ticket anywhere if she wants.
Loser: Donna Brazile.
Employing too many former DNC and Obama administration hacks has watered down your brand and objectivity.
Winner: Third parties.
While still meager in total votes, they swung state results in different elections with totals exceeding previous years.
Winner: Manufacturing unions.
I predict jobs are heading back to our shores before too long, even if not to the levels needed for you to regain your previous strength or influence.
Loser: Public sector unions.
Winter is coming . . . .
Winner: The Supreme Court.
Given the age and health of the liberal wing of the current court, Donald Trump can shape Constitutional protections for decades to come.
Winner: America (again)
But only if all those liberals who threatened to leave the country if Trump was elected follow through on said threats.
Your failed experiment ends with a override of the filibuster sometime in the first 6 months after Trump takes office.
Loser: Barack Obama.
Your divisiveness, pandering, "my way or the highway" brand of "leadership" enabled someone as flawed as Donald Trump to succeed you, and your partisan campaigning for someone under an active FBI criminal investigation (concluded or otherwise) degraded the office you held and never truly respected.
Tonight, Sean Hannity began his Fox News show with the admonition that if you don't vote for Trump, it's a vote for Hillary, and that those of us "Never Trumpers" will "own" all the bad things a Hillary Clinton presidency might bring.
Note to Sean Hannity: "F - - - YOU!"
You and your constant harping about the "establishment" GOP are responsible for the WORST GOP candidate in the history of the Republican Party. You gave this guy so much free press when he opened his mouth and uttered every insult, every irrational thought, fabrication and his insane policies. You kept clamoring for an outsider, because nobody on the inside was perfect for you, even though you had multiple candidates who would have wiped the floor with Hillary Clinton in the general election.
You created Donald Trump, and now you have to live with him - whether he wins or loses on November 8th.
But don't blame me or others for refusing to hold our collective noses and throw away a vote for someone we cannot admire and will not support - ON BOTH SIDES. Just as you refused to kowtow to the Washington establishment, we are refusing to knuckle under to your failed two-party choices. You seem to like someone who doesn't play by the rules? Fine.
I'm not playing by yours.
Hi! I'm Dave Richard, your host. I hope you enjoy your visit. We'll be talking about current events, politics, the occasional sports (I'm a HUGE New England Patriots fan, so get over it), and some "Get off my lawn!" issues.