As we look forward to the Christmas season and to close out this wild and crazy year, here are some final thoughts on the election.
- First, a memo to President Trump: It’s over. Pick up the phone, call Joe Biden, concede, and wish him well. Then deliver a well-crafted concession speech to the country. You have fought the good fight, honored your loyal support base, and you can be gratified that your coattails prevented the radical left from claiming any semblance of a national mandate, but you came up just short of duplicating the miracle of 2016. Keep your legal team on the field where appropriate in the public interest in pursuit of credible evidence of fraud, but recognize that the math and the possible avenues for flipping enough Electoral College votes to win are just not in the cards. It’s time to prioritize what is best for the country and for your legacy and right now what is called for is a sense of magnanimity and the use of your talents between now and January 5 to make sure your party wins two Senate seats in the Georgia runoff in order to preserve your legacy, for no one has a larger stake in keeping the Senate in Republican control than you do.
- I received a lot of responses to my November posting, and one of the best was from my friend Danny Billingsley, which I pass along in full in case you missed it on the blog, as follows. “When you consider the forces aligned against Trump it’s remarkable the election was this close: (1) An obvious attempt by the Democrats, DOJ, FBI, CIA, and other parts of the intelligence apparatus to overthrow an elected president; (2) Years of the phony Mueller investigation; (3) The just as phony impeachment; (4) Years of attack, false reporting, and no reporting by a left-controlled media; (5) A hostile bureaucracy; (6) Intervention by leftist judges to shut down Trump policies; (7) Undermining attempts by the Republican establishment; (8) COVID19 and contracting COVID himself; (9) Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social media platforms combined efforts to suppress conservative speech and promote liberal speech; (10) The rise of BLM and ANTIFA based on a largely false premise; (11) Rioting and looting in Democratic run cities and states; (12) False polls designed to discourage Trump supporters; and (13) Last, but hardly least, Trump’s own lack of discipline and unfiltered thought process. It’s amazing the man accomplished what he did and withstood the enormous pressure.”
- At the end of the long fight we learned that this is still a center-right country. No less an establishment authority than The Houston Chronicle editorial board, not exactly a right wing bastion, acknowledged that fact in a post-election piece in which they note that the four things they learned on November 3 are: 1. polling is broken, 2. Trump’s support is deep and wide, 3. half of us don’t know what the heck the other half is thinking, and 4. Texas is still red. I would say that all four of these are well-taken points that shouldn’t have surprised anyone, particularly in a profession that claims some expertise in analysis of public sentiment. And in another piece, the Chronicle admitted that “…it would be wrong and short-sighted to cast the Trump presidency as only a brief error in judgment. The results of the November 3 election, although a substantial defeat for Trump, confirmed a depth of support for him and what he has come to stand for.” Obvious, but they still don’t get it. Also true, and as Daniel Henninger notes in The Wall Street Journal, the strongest evidence that the GOP won’t be spending a generation in any post-Trumpian wilderness is the National Conference of State Legislatures’ map of partisan legislative control, which now shows a lot of red, and in spite of an intense five-year effort and many millions of dollars, in no instance were the Democrats able to flip partisan legislative control in any state, and I shouldn’t need to remind you that these state legislatures control Congressional redistricting. Trump coattails, indeed.
- So the biggest loser in this election was not Donald Trump, it was radical progressivism and its handmaidens in policy development—identity politics and creeping socialism. Most Americans are sick of it, they expect more from their government, and I believe that across racial, ethnic, and cultural lines they will slowly, but surely, turn on those political leaders who promote these destructive ideas and their fellow travelers in higher education and other cultural institutions. They simply want their country back and in its proper context it is in no sense racist to say so. It will take awhile and more than one or two election cycles, for the progressive left has been on an aggressive march through our institutions for well over half a century. But this is what brought on the Trump movement and why the 74 million voters who supported him are not going away even if he personally moves off the stage. I’ll have more on his legacy later, but this might be the most significant aspect of it.
Have a great Christmas season as we pray for a much better New Year.