This commentary was written as critical vote counts were still being counted in key states. Unfortunately, it seemed at the time that President Trump would not be able to reverse the course of the election — trending in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden. Regardless of the eventual outcome of the presidential election, the points made in this commentary still apply.
The political analysts in the media have again proven that they cannot see beyond their opaque Big Apple cultural bubble. Rather than understanding the hearts and minds of half of the American people, they arrogantly report about some deplorable strawman to be subjected to constant derision based on fictional narratives – mischaracterizing us as some sort of knuckle-dragging Trumpian cult captives.
It was inconceivable to these left-leaning elitists that support for Trump was not personal – far from it. Even in the face of likely defeat for the President, the Trump cause was sustained by voters. It was not because of what the media negatively refers to as “Trumpism.” It was because he represented the traditional bedrock principles of limited government, personal freedom and lower taxes far better than the newly radicalized Democratic Party.
It was the issues, stupid. We liked reducing our tax burden. We believe in free market capitalism. We want to keep our private insurance. We want a strong military. We want school choice – especially for the students being warehoused in inferior schools in our segregated inner cities. We believe that most police – and police departments – do serve and protect despite a rare few “bad apples.” We especially like all those judicial appointments. We reject street violence being described as peaceful protest – and demand swift arrest and prosecution.
Yes, Trump appears to have lost his bid for re-election – but not by much. In defeat, he still demonstrated that all that pre-election polling and prognostication was nothing more than a pile of political poop. This is the second time that the liberal establishment had concocted political fantasies.
Trump would likely have coasted to re-election if he had not made himself – and his personality — so repugnant to so many Americans. In the final analysis, he was his own worst enemy. The cause he represented is alive and well.
The overall election stands as proof that it was never about Trump, the person, but about the things his administration represented. There was no cult-of-Trump. There was no such thing as “Trumpism,” That is evident in what the American voters did beyond the race for President. Voters rejected the pre-election narratives being imposed on them by the corrupted Fourth Estate. We have handed the political left – which the current Democratic Party so passionately embraces – a huge defeat based on issues and principles.
In an election in which the Republican Party was to be defeated, routed, crushed, vanquished and otherwise humiliated, the GOP showed enormous vitality. The mythical presaged blue tsunami turned out to be a fantasy launched on the wings of political bias. Democrats did not take control of the United States Senate as had been universally predicted. Rather, the GOP lost a seat or two and gained a seat or two.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – whose defeat was widely predicted – will be back running the Senate for at least two more years – and maybe four or six. That means no packing the Supreme Court. No new states. No abandoning the filibuster. No government run healthcare. It also means that Biden & Co. will be constrained from nominating the most radical judges for the federal benches.
In pre-election reporting, the only issue was the number of House seats Democrats would gain. Instead, they lost seats. Republicans picked up governorships and state legislative seats.
Thanks to the wisdom of the American voter, a President Biden will have the GOP-run Senate as a counterbalance to his radical left compatriots – who have loudly announced their intention to push Biden to the left. There will be no Green New Deal or single-payer government-run healthcare program.
They did it again. Rather than reflect reality, they once again distorted it. Maybe they got caught up in the media’s prevailing liberal bias. Maybe the technology cannot keep up with the culture of the times. Maybe they were never much better than an educated guess – and too often much worse.
If 2016 damaged the profession’s credibility, 2020 has utterly destroyed it. No one should be more upset with the polling industry than the Democrat voters who have twice been led down the primrose path of perfidious political punditry only to face the disparity of ultimate reality.
For those who are on television trying to convince us that the polls were not entirely wrong, I say look at the numbers. In the closing days of the campaign, the pollsters had Biden winning in EVERY battleground state – often by double digits. In addition to those in which Biden squeaked out a narrow victory, the pollsters had the former Vice President winning in Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, Texas and Ohio. Not a single poll showed Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins in the lead – and yet she won handily with a seven-vote margin. Contrary to pollster predictions, Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham won an easy victory over his opponent, who spent a record-breaking $100 million dollars in campaign spending.
Most errors in most of the polls were well beyond their vaunted fail-safe “margin of error.” With a typical margin of error of 3 to 5 percent, some polls exceeded their professed guardrail by 20, 30 and even 50 percent.
The Big Seven of the propaganda press (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, New York Times and Washington Post) – plus a rash of New York magazines – were running 24/7 mendacious anti-Trump narratives for the past four years. In their obsession to boot Trump out of the Oval Office, the Fourth Estate also turned on full-throated attacks on every Republican official who would not join the #Never Trump Resistance Movement. And those who did, were seated as part of those panels of parroting political panelists on CNN and MSNBC. By extension, the media personalities committed character assassination on every Trump supporter and voter.
Nothing Trump ever said or did could divide the American people as much as the daily character assassination of half the American people as racist, xenophobic, intolerant undereducated, morally bankrupt basket of deplorables. From their Manhattan perches, this arrogant, snobbish, clique of bubble-encased pseudo-journalists issued their daily broadsides and broadcasts from a self-proclaimed media Olympus.
The only seeming curiosity the media had was found in their repetitious and divisive rhetorical question: Who are those people? – as if they have come upon some inferior alien race.
The only discernible sin of the designated deplorables was the holding of traditional conservative American values of limited government and maximum personal freedom – and a patriotic dedication to the constitutional Republic established some 231 years ago.
Who were the winners?
It must be conceded that Joe Biden was a winner – a Pyrrhic victory, perhaps, but a winner nonetheless. The BIG winner, however, was we the people and American traditional values – conservative values. The political principle that led so many of us to support Trump – flaws and all – are the same principles that prevented we the people from handing over more power to the radical one-party rule of the Democratic Party.
In this election – even considering the potential defeat of President Trump — the neo-radical Democrats, the errant pollsters and the corrupt media have seen the power of those who will stand for the flag rather than burn it. Just as we have voted against Democrat power grabs, it may be time to stop responding to the pollsters – allowing that profession a merciful withdrawal from the political arena – and to stop subscribing or tuning-in to the propaganda media. And maybe even to boycott the businesses that finance the dangerously corrupt Fourth Estate.
I suppose that is too much to wish for – but I can dream, can’t I?
So, there ‘tis.