A wildly unpredictable period in U.S. politics. Certainly among Republicans.
The not so long ago most unlikely of candidates in the run-up to this November’s general election has so far taken step after increasingly self-assured step in the general direction of the White House.
While the step perhaps cannot be compared to any Neil Armstrong-like extra-terrestrial giant leap for mankind, it most certainly will be viewed as a most satisfying punch to the solar plexus of political correctness by millions of Americans if national polling and primary voting continues toward the same compass heading and proves accurate.
I regularly interview Fran Coombs, managing editor of the Rasmussen Poll on my CHML/Corus radio network program. While Mr. Coombs wasn’t pitching for anyone, he had reviewed Rasmussen analysis and had released a commentary titled “Get over it GOP: Trump’s the nominee.”
That the projected Republican winner happens to be a shameless self-promoter and casino magnate matters little. In fact, those credentials coupled with his indefatigable brashness may combine to make Donald Trump the best possible candidate for the “Make America Great Again” brand.
I first heard a version of “Make America Great Again” in 2009.
My wife and I were vacationing in South Carolina. We stopped in Charleston and after a tour of historic areas I, as so often appears to spontaneously occur, found myself engaged in a political exchange with a local. We’d by accident wandered into an underway auction and were intrigued by the array of deep south collectibles on the block. After missing out on a few bids, the last one to me, my neighbour in the adjacent chair began lamenting the great misfortune which had befallen “America.”
Was it this Canadian snaring a piece of turn of the last century military history which unsettled him? Fortunately, no. His defining of national misfortune was the quite newly sworn-in occupant of the Oval Office. A Chicago community organizer was not my new South Carolinian friend’s idea of Commander in Chief.
“I want my country back again” spoke my neighbour. More than once.
We cautiously engaged in conversation between bids.
It seemed Barack Obama’s election was just the latest in a series of insults the United States had inflicted upon itself.
“I want my country back again.”
Over the ensuing years I’ve mentioned this South Carolinian more than a few times in conversation. On both sides of the border.
“I want my country back again” would invariably elicit a few grins in Canada. In the United States though, and particularly fairly recently as a visitor to Vermont, New York and New Hampshire it was greeted by nods and an occasional “damned right.”
“I want my country back again” has morphed into “Let’s Make America Great Again.” The “Let’s Make America Great Again” movement continues, and to the utter dismay of the GOP may well be proving Fran Coombs of Rasmussen correct. The Republican Party establishment is attempting to derail Donald Trump, but since they’re the ‘insiders’ in the election cycle of the ‘outsider’ their chances of achieving their objective may be slim.
If I’m incorrect and somehow either Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz or John Kasich, backed by Mitt Romney and the party old guard manage to deny Trump a clear majority of the the necessary delegate count to win the nomination, the GOP will face the wrath of Americans voters who in 2016 support the message (correct or incorrect) I first heard in South Carolina seven years ago.
Written by: Roy Green