Polls this morning have Trump leading Hillary. (Though always remember that the most important poll…is the most recent one released on the Twitter.)
All the while, the Dems are coming apart before even being gaveled to order.
And then, there is a long article (on BuzzFeed, but still) about “How Donald Trump Broke The Conservative Movement (And My Heart)“.
But here’s the deal: The Conservative Movement hasn’t been stopped. And it doesn’t even necessarily need to be redefined.
But it’s goals should be spelled out for the public, and should be counted, for or against them, depending on success.
Repeal ObamaCare. Get rid of Common Core. Abolish the IRS. Get rid of just about ANY government agency. End abortion. Stop wasteful government spending.
Is there a significant measure of success on any these issues?
Sure there’s some chipping, but is anyone looking at these and saying, “well Conservatives kicked ass on THAT issue“?
Back in the day, the main goal was stopping Communism, and that seemed an unlikely goal. Then Gorbachev came in and started giving in to Reagan (defined however you’d like, if that helps you). And once Communism was defeated in Europe — and the Chinese moved to a pro-capitalism society — goal achieved.
And now? Whither conservatives, right?
Newt Gingrich nailed it back in 1994 with his Contract for America. He chose things that COULD get done. Can you name ANY of them? But in the end he held up a piece of paper with checkmarks on it, and victory declared.
But what are Congressional Republicans running on today?
Where is their contract?
Maybe its just figurative, but shouldn’t that be something that Paul Ryan puts out?
Something that is EASY to understand and point to?
Quick, what are Trump’s plans?
1) Build a wall.
2) Stop terror.
3) Make America Great Again.
That last one is even more generic than the second, but it is still harkens back to the quote from a lady at one of his rallies months back: “He wants to make America great again! See, it’s right there on his hat!”
Point is, Conservatives need to do more than just spell out which philosophers they stand by. And they need to do more than just talk about which values are important.
Again, MORE than just those. Because those are still important, for a base.
But they need an easy LIST of what they CAN accomplish — and then tick those things off the list next year. And they need to be able put them through with a President Donald or a President Hillary.
And they’ll also need to figure out a way to have something that can pass where they can take credit, without getting overshadowed. (Does anyone remember the Senate or the President getting credit for Gingrich’s Contract with America?)
There is a giant vacuum right now for almost ANY Congressional leader to step up and declare what is “Conservative”, give a list of what they can pass, then take it up next year.
Of course it probably should have been done last week, but whaddayagonnado?
Blame it on Rio
Donna Brazile has been suspended from CNN while she is now the “temporary” chair of the DNC, after Debbie Wasserman Schultz was busted for doing what everyone knew she was doing.
But Brazile could have kept her gig at CNN. The REAL reason she was dumped is clear:
Colluding with Republicans.
And be sure to listen to the most recent interview on The Wheels Down Politics Show podcast, with Nebraska convention delegate Sam Fischer, recorded immediately after the convention close.
Burning down the House
And just for fun, there’s an analysis that shows the Electoral College Vote being TIED 245-245 (a 0.5% chance, but still…).
So suppose the vote goes to the House!
Who do THEY choose in the end?
You could argue that a non-Trump win would mean some sort of revolt. But suppose Hillary wins the popular vote. Then there would be a strong argument for Republicans to pick someone who both sides could agree on.
Alas, this is as unlikely as Trump winning the GOP nomination…
Leavenworth St. will do it’s darndest to keep up with the Dems in Philly. You know with all of the protests and booing and such.
Because that is how you will stay an expert on the talk of Nebraska politics!