Quite frankly in the 2008 and 20012 Presidential elections there were a number of Conservative White voters who stayed home, did not vote at all. For whatever reason, and we have gone into some of this in the previous article posted, the Republican Leadership is not representing the Conservative voter, hates the Tea Party and abhors the Christian Right. So what we have now with John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and Justice Roberts is Democrat Light. And that’s where the present Republican Party stands with the leadership it has.
They won’t fight to repeal Obamacare and cut off funding for it even though they were elected to do so. They won’t constrain Obama’s runaway spending and fight for a smaller budget even though they were elected to do so. They won’t put themselves on the line for restrictions to abortion, support religious freedom, and limit the Gay agenda. They won’t and neither will most of the candidates running for the Republican nomination for President except Rubio and Cruz and… the one person who is not scared of offending a certain voting bloc, Donald Trump.
I’ll take the occasion of this call to go back to this story that we dredged up from the archives.
It’s by Byron York in the Washington Examiner in 2013, almost over two years ago. Now, the point here, folks, is, you take a look at establishment Republican, you can talk about Trump all you want, Louis, but there are plenty of Republicans who have been voting Republican for years and are fed up by what those Republicans are not doing. The Republicans said, “Well, we can’t do anything unless we have a majority in the House.” Voters gave them that 2010.
Next, Republicans say, “Well, we can’t really do anything until we get a majority in the Senate.” Oh. Okay. Voters gave them that. Now they’re say, “Well, we really can’t do anything because they don’t have 60 votes,” and the voters are saying, “Screw this! We have given you majorities in both houses, and we don’t see any evidence of it,” and they’re livid. It’s not just… You know, Trump is coming off as more authentic than the people these Republicans are voting for, many of them.
The authenticity is a big deal. So many people today, more than I think in my entire career here behind the Golden EIB Microphone, have suspicions about the kind of people that go into politics, meaning that they’re robotic. They’re programmed, they’re phony, but not authentic. They’re not really real. You never get the real person, because they’re so on guard. They don’t want to say the wrong thing. Adopting that kind of existence/personality, not saying the wrong thing, means you don’t say anything.
You find clever and creative ways to say nothing, and people are sick and tired of politicians saying nothing or, even worse, saying things that voters want to hear but then not seeing any accompanying action. It’s much like… How many of you pay attention to commentary, say… Well, anywhere. Written, published commentary say on backlogs, or here on radio or on TV, and you see April… Let’s just stick with conservatism here for a second. You have a conservative commentator.
It’s not important here to mention names because mentioning names would distract people’s attention from the point I want to make, which is that on our side, folks — and I was conversing about this with a good friend of mine before the program today. You look at the left is made up of what? Activists. Yeah, they have their beliefs, and they have their words, sick and inciting and so forth as they are, but they also have lots of action. They’re out there protesting.
They’re agitating. They’re doing whatever they can to implement. And they’ve succeeded. They’re a minority. They are a minority, they’re bullying their way to victory. Our side… What have I always said about conservatism? That it is, in large part, to understand conservatism, it’s an intellectual pursuit or application. It shouldn’t be because it’s just common sense. Liberalism is simply the pursuit of emotions, and it’s much easier to tap into emotion and motivate emotion than it is to tap into intellect and motivate that.
I’ve seen it over and over again. We have a lot of smart people on our side who are satisfied with intelligent commentary and words. But there’s never any action behind it. Very rarely any action behind it. There’s all kinds of commentary and analysis. “This is wrong; that’s wrong. This is good; that’s good.” But it ends there. There’s no effort behind the words to implement any beliefs that appear to be apparent by virtue of what someone says.
I think that people on the right happen to be satisfied when they think they have succeeded in winning a verbal argument. The left is not interested in that. The left doesn’t care about winning or losing verbal arguments. They don’t even want to get into debates. They don’t give a rat’s rear end about that. All they care about is getting rid of us as a viable political opposition, just getting rid of us. That’s all they care about. They don’t care about winning arguments.
They’re not satisfied when they win an argument. They really celebrate the people that do. I’m convinced they look past all of Bill Clinton’s negatives because Clinton routinely, in their eyes, made mincemeat of conservatives, and that was his value. And ditto Obama. And Obama’s been a disaster for the black population of this country economically. Let’s just face it, he’s been a disaster for everybody economically. But he’s loved and adored by people who love and adore him because he makes mincemeat of conservatives all the time, and that’s all that matters to these people.
We’re not making mincemeat of anybody. But that’s what Trump’s doing. Trump is starting to make mincemeat out of people, and the people he’s made mincemeat out of are leftists. So people are shoving aside the news when they hear it, “Hey, you know what? You’re being fooled. This guy’s not one of you. This guy’s a liberal Democrat! He’s running the biggest scam you’ve ever seen yet. You’re gonna end up paying the price.” People are willing to look past it at this stage. Still early, and there are a lot of other factors that make this fun for people.
But when you start talking about the actual winning of elections and then doing something with the victories… Republicans are winning elections, but that’s where it stops, as far as their voters are concerned. So, if you go back to the 2012 presidential race, and you listen to what the Republican establishment today is saying they need to do, their candidate needs to do to win the White House, you find out how off track they are and how greatly they are misjudging what they have to do to win.
The headline for Byron York’s piece back in 2003 is: “Winning Hispanic Vote Would Not Be Enough for GOP, But Winning the White Vote Would Be Everything — After six months…” This is just six months after the election here. “After six months of mulling over November’s election results, many Republicans remain convinced that the party’s only path to future victory is to improve the party’s appeal to Hispanic voters. But how many Hispanic voters do Republicans need to attract before the party can again win the White House?”
Well, they need a lot. They need more than they’re ever going to get. They cannot win the White House pursuing the Hispanic vote, and yet this is the singular belief establishment has. They can’t win unless they get the Hispanic vote. The truth is, they’re never gonna get enough of it to win, because they are losing the support of other demographic groups in the process. And that base that they need to win is exactly what Donald Trump two years later is tapping into, and this is what has them so under…
Folks, at the Republican establishment level, you know as well as I do that if they could throw away the Christian right, the conservative base, the Tea Party, they would do it. Even if it meant being in the wilderness of defeat for a couple cycles, they would do it. For whatever reasons that they don’t like conservatives, whatever reason they don’t like Christian voter, whatever it is, they would do it. But Trump is their worst nightmare.
Trump is tapping into the exact group of voters — and the group of voters made up of different demographic groups of people. But Trump is tapping into that universe of voters the Republican Party can win with, and he is demonstrating to them how they can win. They don’t like it. It’s like a kid being shown… If you had a magic formula to show your kid eating spinach would make him live to a hundred, he’d still reject it ’cause he doesn’t want to do it because you’re saying so. This is what we’re dealing with here.
Very simply, cutting to the chase, Donald Trump — love him or hate him, worried about him or not — there’s something that’s happening. You can see it. All you have to do is admit it, and the Republican establishment doesn’t want to. Trump is showing their theory to win the White House is not gonna work. They want to stick to the theory no matter what, because they actually do want to win with it, but they won’t. The formulas don’t work. It’s this simple.
This article in 2013 provides all the data from Byron York. Romney needed 70% more Hispanic votes than he got to win the presidency. If they’re focused on one demographic, and the Republican establishment is right now, Hispanics are it. That’s why immigration is it. That’s why amnesty is it. Romney already won a majority of the independents. Years ago they told us that’s what you had to do to win the White House: The independents.
“He who wins the independents wins the election,” right? Well, somehow that went out the window, because we’re now winning independents but we’re not winning the elections. So, what happened? Well, fooled again. Next up: “Win the Hispanics! Gotta get the Hispanic vote. If you don’t get the Hispanic votes, you’re history.” Romney would have needed 70% additional Hispanic vote, which wasnever gonna happen. But he needed only 4% more white votes to win. If he would have just gotten 4% more of the white vote.
Now, the Democrats don’t want to hear this ’cause the Democrats are in the midst of trying to break down the old order, which they think is a white, patriarchal power structure discriminating against everybody. It’s the root of all evil. From the days of the founding of this country, the while male majority is the root of all evil, and everything the left is doing is bent on destroying the power of that particular block. They’re doing it with guilt. They’re doing it with the law. They’re doing it by upending the culture.
They’re doing everything they can, as a minority, bullying their way in to blow up, and Trump is reviving it, folks. It’s no more complicated than that, and that’s why there’s so much… It’s not a racial thing. It’s a numbers thing. It’s coalescing groups to win elections. The Republican Party has chosen the impossible route: 70% more Hispanic votes than Romney got. But 4% additional white vote would have won. Why? The white vote is so large. The white population is so large that getting 4% more of it.
Going from 60 to 64% of whites who vote would have won the race for Romney. So, they gotta ask themselves, “Why didn’t they vote for Romney? Who’d they vote for him? Did they vote? But it’s a lot easier to get 4% of 65-70% of the country, than to go get 70% of 18% of the country or 25%, whatever it is.” And yet who are the Republicans angering? The Republican Party joining the Democrat Party in angering white voters, and there’s Trump tapping right into ’em. Blue-collar white voter Democrats, you name it. That’s why everybody is out of sorts in the establishment.
Folks, and just one more thing here about the Trumpster. It just so happens, just so happens to dovetail nicely with that point that I was just making, which I’ve been a number of profundities that I have uttered and offered today, and this one is well, and it is that Trump is actually lighting up — he is coalescing, he is exciting — a cadre of voters, the exact voters Republicans need to win. The ironic… Republicans are… I mean, it’s hard to say, but these are the people the Republican Party don’t seem to be interested in be.
Maybe it is they just take them for granted, assume that those voters are always going to be there while they openly make tracks to the Hispanic community, They try and secure more of those people and alienate people in the process. But from Public Policy Polling. And I know it’s a left-wing bunch, so we take that into account, but here is the latest number for Public Policy Polling. Trump’s favorable with Hispanics versus Jeb Bush favorables with Hispanics. Who do you think is in the lead in this category?
It ought to be Jeb. It’s gonna be Jeb Bush going away, right? Not so much because of anything that’s happened, just because what we know about formulas. We know the Republican Party’s making great strides, made great efforts to appeal to Hispanic voters, and Jeb Bush has long been known as someone the Republican Party thinks Hispanic voters would actually flock to and love.
Well, as we speak, Donald Trump’s favorables with Hispanics are at 34%; Jeb Bush’s are at 31%. That number of Trump’s leads the Republican field. “Media Research/TV.org blog,” this is a Public Policy Polling poll, “Trump leads the Republican field among Hispanics 34% favorability. Jeb Bush is next at 31%.” Now, I know it’s early, and any and all of this could change, but the thing to keep in mind is that this Trump candidacy has gone in stages here, folks.
From, “He’s never gonna get in,” to, “Okay, he got in, but he’s not gonna stay. He’s just doing this for show! He’s just trying to hype somebody. He’s gonna see out of the this in a couple weeks,” to, “Well, we didn’t realize he’s gonna stay in this long, but he’s gonna screw up. He’s not a professional like we are and he doesn’t understand our business. He’s gonna step in it at some point and that will be it, and then we can get down to business.”
And then he stepped in it, except he didn’t. They thought he was gone after this McCain contretemps. I, a lone voice across the fruited plain and the purple mountain majesty, was telling everybody, “It’s not what you keep saying. Trump is not behaving according to the rules here. He’s not apologizing, not begging forgiveness. He’s doubling down. You watch. People are gonna love this.”
His numbers grew. Now, is, “Well, he’ll be out by September, by the time school starts. He’s not gonna last.” I’ll tell you what’s happening now. Republicans and Democrats are alike are beginning to ask themselves, “Have we been wrong from the get-go? Does this guy really want to win.” Gulp! Gulp! “Does he really…? What? Is he gonna stay in this or what?” That’s what they’re asking themselves now.