This election has been strange to say the least. All of the polls are showing that Clinton still leads. It is just a matter of how much. Yet, the media from all persuasions are still drumming on one factor they say could “swing the election to Trump”. That one factor is enthusiasm.
I understand that Trump has a rabid following. His rallies are attended by thousands of people all yelling stuff that is both uplifting to Trump and disturbing to many others. If you watch a Trump Rally, you might believe that all of the enthusiasm is behind him and his supporters.
But, I am not so sure about that. There are way too many people who are claiming to “vote” for Trump but refuse to endorse him. While the Democrats have rallied behind Clinton, you cannot say that about the Republican Party and Trump.
I really find it hard to believe that everyday Republicans are that “enthused” about Trump, especially when their own candidates won’t come out in full-throated support. People like Marco Rubio is a perfect example.
During the campaign, he called Trump unstable and a threat to be anywhere near the nuclear codes. Yet, he says he will vote for him. Yesterday he was asked if Trump would keep the nation safe. He replied “the military keeps us safe and we need to rebuild it.” He wouldn’t even use Trump’s name.
There was report last week that said several members of Congress running for reelection on the Republican side have threatened law suits for advertisements claiming they are tied to Trump as lies. In all of my years watching and participating in politics I have never heard that threat before.
Then we have Ted Cruz. He said at the Republican convention that you should “vote your conscience”. Nice words. But, then he came out later and supported Donald Trump even working the phones for him to raise money.
This is the candidate who said he was “no lap dog for Donald Trump and when you criticize my wife and my father you will never get my support.” Yet, he is supporting the very Donald Trump.
Rep. Chaffetz said after the infamous tape he could not support Trump and look his daughter in the eye. The other day he reversed himself again an said that he would vote for Trump. I guess he won’t look his daughter in the eye anytime soon.
Although I am sick of polls, I do watch them like everyone else. I keep seeing the name thing. Whether or not Trump is close or at some points even ahead, his numbers are the same. They never seem to average above 41 percent of the vote.
If we had a strong third-party candidate, that might be enough to pull off an upset. But, we don’t have a strong third-party candidate, and 41 percent of the vote is not going to get him a win. Even when he manages to get to 43 percent, he shoots off his mouth about something stupid again and falls below 40 percent.
Even though his camp said yesterday that they have a “three pronged voter suppression” strategy, these numbers just don’t add up to a Trump victory. That term “voter suppression” was there words, not mine. When a campaign starts openly talking about “voter suppression” as a strategy they know they are in trouble.
When everything is said and done, I know that Cruz and Chaffetz are far right-wing nut jobs. That makes this even worse for Trump in my opinion. They are claiming to be voting for Trump but can’t bring themselves to “endorse” Trump.
On the Democratic side, I have yet to hear anyone say they would “vote” for Clinton but not “endorse” Clinton. That tells me that the overall “enthusiasm” is on Clinton’s side more than on Trump’s side.
The Republicans have been working to divide our nation for years. The rise of the Tea Party and the Freedom Caucus are proof of those efforts. Now they are saddled with a candidate who has totally “polarized” our nation.
It has gotten to a point where politicians who “cannot look their daughter in the eye and say the will vote for Trump” are actually voting for Trump. To a point where a candidate can make fun of a competitor’s wife and say his father “may have been involved in JFK’s assassination” and then have that competitor still support Trump.
Republicans have been using “labels” to define opponents and people in general. They are almost always derogatory “labels” to make sure the base understands that those they label are the real problem in America. They never admit that their policies have failed the country miserably.
The Republicans need these labels because they don’t have any workable policies. When they get into power, they destroy the economy, and then bitch that the Democrats didn’t fix their mess “fast enough”.
I admit that the 30 percent or so of the Republican base is really enthused about Donald Trump. But doesn’t that say more about the Republican Party’s lack of workable policies than anything else? Why is it that their base is so enthused about Trump and turning their backs on the party in general?
The current administration inherited a real mess. But, during the last eight years the economy has bounced back. Today it was reported that GDP grew at 3 percent in the third quarter. Unemployment is down to 5 percent. Yet there is still work to be done.
Yet from the Republican side we keep hearing the same tired policies like massive tax cuts for the rich. Climate change denial. Privatizing public education. Privatizing Social Security and Medicare. Even privatizing the VA benefits for our veterans.
And, we especially hear about all of those “labels”. That is not creating enthusiasm for the party. That is creating fear and hatred. I am afraid that is what the Republican Party has sunk into. And it really is a shame. We work better when we have two viable parties that want to get things done and make life better for our citizens.
The Republican Party has lost its vision. It has lost sight of what they are supposed to do if elected. They have lost their character. They have sunk into the gutters in order to rally their base.
I believe that more and more Americans are finally seeing the party for what it is. I believe that Donald Trump may be the best gift the Republican Party has offered the country. His brazen speech, appalling behavior, and claims of “rigged system” are finally waking up the moderates that Republicans do not have a successful plan for our future.
The current Republican Party seems to want to make the rich richer. Make the middle-class disappear. And economically enslave the working people of our country to corporations. That is not a formula for success. Unless you are rich that is.
That is why I believe the so-called “enthusiasm gap” is really on the Republican side. Hopefully, they will lose down ballot as well so they can refocus to the real business at hand and rebuild into a real viable party again.
But, if they continue listening to their wackos and continue their “label” making, we are in for a very rough future. The party needs to expel the hate mongers and the fear mongers. Then they need to come up with a plan that might actually work instead of the failed “trickle down economy” they seem to love so much.
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