Editor’s Note: A guest post from Lionel Rainey, a political consultant in Baton Rouge.
The same beltway bigwigs, pollsters and political pundits who predicted Hilary Clinton would be the next President of the United States are now predicting a “blue wave” in November. “The GOP will lose seats in the Senate and are in jeopardy of losing their majority in the house,” they say. Well, the cultural elites were wrong in 2016 and they’re wrong now.
The past is historically the best predictor of future behavior. I wrote the following statement on January 26, 2017, less than one week after President Donald Trump was inaugurated.
“Despite what you will hear in the media, the silent majority in America are not hate-filled racists, misogynists, bigots, or homophobes. They are good, patriotic, hard-working, God-fearing, normal people, who are sick and tired of being called those names by elites, celebrities, and the media. They are sick and tired of having a progressive liberal agenda shoved down their throat every waking second, and being told that they are bad people if they don’t like it. They are sick and tired of the rising tide of cultural Marxism. They have been mocked, ridiculed, and slapped in the face for nothing more than holding a different world view than some. So, last night they hit the reset button. That, to me, is what this election was all about.”
Following Trump’s victory, the prevailing sentiment from the mainstream media, Hollywood celebrity class, and leftists from Berkley to the Hamptons was that the earth would literally stop spinning. Teachers were canceling classes. Journalists were crying on live television. Millennials were unfriending their conservative family and friends on Facebook. The stock market was going to crash and World War III was imminent. Resisting was the soup du jour, and it was all because ignorant, hate-filled, bigoted, straight, white conservative males and their submissive white wives could no longer live in a world where everyone didn’t look, act, and feel exactly like they did. The purge had begun…or so they would have you believe.
Now we know, to the dismay and disbelief of many card-carrying resistance fighters, none of that happened. In truth, the opposite occurred.
- Consumer confidence is at an 18 year high.
- Middle-class income has risen to the highest on record.
- Black unemployment is at a record low.
- The stock market is setting records daily.
- Troops have received the largest pay raise in seven years.
- The Iran deal has been axed.
- ISIS is on the run.
- Jobs are up.
- Taxes are down.
- The economy is booming.
- Jerusalem is the site of the U.S. embassy in Israel.
- We’re actually talking to North Korea.
- The U.S. is out of the Paris Climate Accord.
- Two strong, young conservatives have been confirmed as Supreme Court Justices.
Just to name a few items.
From a purely strategic standpoint, the Democrat machine should have seen the 2016 Presidential election results for what they were: a wakeup call. They were a clear sign that the “basket of deplorables” strategy was a loser and a slight shift to a more center-left stance would be the sensible solution. I mean, Donald Trump beat your candidate for President. As much as I love DJT – he talked about his junk in a live, televised debate, and he still beat your candidate for President. Bigly. That says exponentially more about the policies and rhetoric of the Democratic Party than it does about anything else. America’s just not eating what you’re cooking, my friends. It’s time to look for a new recipe.
In the wake of such a crushing defeat, not only did the national Democrat shot-callers fail to steer the ship in a better direction, they doubled down on stupid, bore hard to port, and grounded their vessel on crazy train island. I have no other way of describing the strategy, tactics, and rhetoric that we have witnessed over the last 20 or so months.
- Antifa shuts down speeches they don’t like and sets things on fire.
- Boys are girls and girls are boys.
- There are countless genders and you had better get the pronouns right.
- Cops are bad.
- Illegal immigrants are good.
- Borders aren’t real.
- Taxes have to go up.
- We need to shut down ICE.
- Speakers at the Women’s March chanted “God bless abortion” and fantasized about blowing up the White House.
- A real-life socialist is going to win a New York congressional seat.
- 17-year-old children who witnessed a shooting are now traveling the country pushing gun confiscation and being heralded as experts and heroic champions.
- Conservative members of congress and White House staffers, can’t go out to dinner with their families without being verbally harassed and run out of eateries by insane mobs chanting cult-like slogans.
- A lunatic tried to assassinate multiple Congressmen, nearly killing Majority Whip Steve Scalise. Yet Democratic leaders are calling for them to step it up a notch.
- And let’s not forget that recently we watched liberals lose their minds over Brett Kavanaugh. Judiciary committee members were actually reading from a high school yearbook talking about farting in a Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation hearing.
I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. The left has lost its mind. And they say everyone else is problem if they don’t like it.
It’s easy to explain why so many leftists act the way they do. You see, their lives are so hollow and void of meaning that they fill that space with artificial virtue (which must be broadcast anytime there’s decent Wi-Fi) to give them some sense of purpose. They project that artificial virtue on regular folks and cry racism, bigotry, or intolerance when we roll our eyes. I honestly believe they walk around all day taking note of things to be outraged about. At the end of the day they gear up with a soy latte, hit the caps lock button on a keyboard in their parent’s basement, and go to war. Fear not in case you encounter one of these keyboard warriors in real life – they’re soft as cotton and will run from a reason-based argument as if you were juggling glass vials of the plague.
I’m certainly no political Nostradamus. I’ve been wrong many times before (I thought Obama was going to lose his second term) and I’ll be wrong again. I just feel like we’ve seen this movie before and we know how it ends. So no, I do not think Republicans will lose the majority in the House or the Senate. I have no empirical data or polling to back this up. I’m just going with my gut – and my gut tells me that the majority of voting Americans haven’t lost their damn minds.