Enthusiasm gap crushes Biden
On Sunday, Donald Trump campaigned in Maine, which last went Republican in 1988. He also campaigned in New Hampshire, which has gone Republican only once since 1988.
Those two states will likely join three other Not Republican Since The ’80s states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin in re-electing President Trump.
Not Republican Since 1972 Minnesota may join them.
President Trump has done this by going back to what worked for Republicans in the 1980s: President Ronald Reagan. Donald Trump has his same optimism, his same patriotism, and his same faith in God.
Donald Trump’s style may be different. He is an abrasive New Yorker, not a jovial Midwesterner. And decades of presidents selling the nation out in trade deals has taken its toll. A generation of factory workers were wiped out. The federal government is the largest employer in the nation. Most of them are doing the best they can to sabotage his presidency.
The Reagan Coalition of factory workers, construction workers, and small businesses toppled the Democrat Party.
28 years after Reagan left office, the Soviet Union collapsed only to resurrect itself here as the Obama administration.
62 million voters took a chance 4 years ago on an untried loudmouth from Manhattan and were rewarded with 3.5% unemployment, the end of hostilities and military adventurism overseas, the first increase in factory jobs in decades, peace in the Middle East, and a nice tax cut.
But mainly they were rewarded with a president who is unambiguously and unabashedly pro-American.
Despite covid 19, riots, and 24/7 lies by the media, his supporters have not wavered. He is working tirelessly to make their votes matter by out-campaigning everyone.
After his appearances in New Hampshire and Maine, President Trump will be in Pennsylvania and Ohio today, Michigan and Wisconsin on Tuesday, and Arizona on Wednesday.
He is 74 and still fresh and raring to go. Reagan Republicans remember another septuagenarian who worked his tail off. Four decades of 12-hour days prepared Donald Trump well for this campaign.
Meanwhile his opponent spends most of his time holed up in Delaware. When he does venture out, he speaks to a few parked cars. He cannot announce his stops in advance because Trump supporters will show up in larger numbers than he can attract.
In 1948, President Truman climbed out of bad public opinion polls by hitting the hustings. His whistlestop train tours are political legend because they led to the headline Dewey Defeats Truman — which Truman held aloft after winning the election.
This president uses Air Force One to make his whistlestops.
And where the president cannot appear, Trump supporters hold their own darned rallies. Boat rallies. Motorcycle rallies. Car rallies. Truck rallies. Even a purported Amish rally.
The political reporters hate them.
Byron York reported, “‘I can’t believe there aren’t any newspeople here,’ said Linda of Greene County, Pennsylvania, as she stood among hundreds of cars and pickup trucks idling in long parallel lines in a vast big-box-store parking lot Saturday, waiting to join the Interstate 70 Trump Train. Indeed, although there were carloads of Trump supporters as far as one could see, and many more on the way from Ohio and West Virginia, and this enormous political event was happening less than two weeks before the presidential election, as far as I could tell, I was the only newsperson there.
“It was the biggest political rally no one saw. And gatherings like it have been happening for months in some of the places President Trump needs most to win if he is to be reelected. And, remarkably, the rallies are not the work of the Trump campaign. The road rally in Washington, Pennsylvania, was organized and staged by local Trump supporters, linked together largely by Facebook, who want to show that enthusiasm for the president in western Pennsylvania and surrounding areas is not just strong but stronger than it was when Trump eked out a victory in Pennsylvania in 2016. If Trump wins this critical state, it will owe in significant part to this organic movement and the energetic organizers who have nothing to do with his campaign.
“Saturday’s rally started in St. Clairsville, Ohio, in the parking lot of a store called Oil & Gas Safety Supply. After hundreds of cars, probably the majority were pickup trucks, lined up there, they became a rolling rally headed east on I-70 to Wheeling, West Virginia, about 12 miles away. There, hundreds more cars were waiting to join, and the much bigger rally returned to the freeway for the 30-mile drive to Washington. That’s where Linda and several hundred more people were waiting in the parking lot of the other branch of Oil & Gas Safety Supply. The cars from Ohio and West Virginia exited off the interstate, rolled past the Home Depot, then past Oil & Gas, and then, when the last car had passed, the Washington cars joined it, making one massive line of vehicles heading back to St. Clairsville.”
I know that area. Farmers and factory workers. Reagan Country.
York by the way was the first columnist who took Donald Trump as a real candidate. In May 2015, York noticed Donald Trump was drawing more people than anyone in Iowa. A month later, The Donald formally entered the race.
He ended this column, “Political strategists often refer to the ground game, the work that campaigns do to knock on doors and make personal contact with voters. Certainly the Trump campaign is doing a lot of that. But if the president wins Pennsylvania, and that would mean he’d have a good chance at winning a second term, he might well owe his victory to his grassroots supporters’ work on the road. Jumping in their cars and trucks and inviting others to come along has heightened the enthusiasm in oil and gas country. Look for them to keep driving all the way to Election Day.”
The grassroots is organizing the grassroots campaign. Not since 1992, when people registered H. Ross Perot in 50 states on their own, has a candidate had such real grassroots appeal.
There was a Trump rally in Beverly Hills this weekend, too.
The only cars rallying for Biden are in parking lots. We don’t know if there are people in them. We don’t know if the people in them are staff members or cardboard cutouts. The press shows no curiosity. It just shoots Biden in tight closeups to avoid showing the empty space around him. Obama too.
And Biden’s mental incapacitation is such that he has not campaigned for about 30 of the last 60 days. The press calls his calling in sick “a lid” rather than admit he is incapable of campaigning.
President Trump campaigned more this weekend than Biden has in a month. And Donald Trump draws 10,000 to 20,000 fans per rally. Obama draws flies. Even with Bon Jovi as the main attraction, only 12 people showed up at Biden’s last rally. As I said in Highlights of the News today, “No one showed up, Biden’s to blame. He gives crowds a bad name.”
The enthusiasm gap is too large for Democrats to overcome.
The polls now are leaning to President Trump. The Trafalgar Group shows him up 2 in Michigan, up 2 in Florida, and up 3 in Arizona. Increasingly, he is in a position where he can win without Pennsylvania.
But I know he will win Pennsylvania because it is a Trumpy state that suffered under Obama and thrived under President Trump.
The Reagan Coalition has returned for one final battle with communism. It is not in Moscow this time. It is in Washington.
Trust but verify.
They will cheat.