PASADENA, Calif., July 24, 2017 – “Donald Trump will never run for president. It’s just a publicity stunt.”
That’s a refrain we were tirelessly force fed by a thoroughly out of touch mainstream media dating all the way back to 2010 when serious rumors about Trump’s interest in the White House started to gain traction. We all know how that turned out. Not only did Trump run, he ended up pulling off the most memorable political upset in modern history.
You would think that the liberal left would have received the overwhelming message that the American voter is on a different page than the mainstream media and the liberal elites. Instead, you can make the argument they still aren’t even reading from the same book.
About two weeks ago, one of the most successful recording artists of the last few decades announced he intends to run for Senate in Michigan. And yet, the mainstream media can’t seem to wrap their minds around the fact that Kid Rock could actually win. Of course, he can.
Selling 35 million records worldwide and five Grammy awards is nothing to scoff at. Clearly, Kid Rock’s music appeals to people all over the world.
In his home state of Michigan, Kid Rock (who’s birth name is Robert Ritchie) is a local hero. There is no denying that he loves the city of Detroit and the people love him back 100 fold. Anyone familiar with that shouldn’t be surprised that an early (very early) poll is making its way across the internet that shows Kid Rock with a four point lead over incumbent Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow.
Why wouldn’t he? Between Brexit and the victory of Donald Trump, 2016 proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the American people are fed up with the status quo (Stabenow) and tired of being left behind by elites in Washington (Stabenow again). It makes perfect sense that Kid Rock would have a chance in a blue collar state like Michigan that has been so badly ravaged by decades of liberal policies.
But yet, the mainstream media still doesn’t understand. The message from the American electorate still hasn’t resonated in the minds of the “experts” at the New York Times and Washington Post. Since Kid Rock’s announcement, the media has done everything they can to discredit Kid Rock’s run.
For starters, we have seen an extraordinary amount of the same elitist snobbery from the left that we saw during the 2016 campaign. Everywhere you look, you see the “I know better than you attitude” from liberals looking down on Middle America for not being as enlightened as them. For example, the following tweet from someone I have to assume isn’t a fan of the GOP or Trump’s message (The “I hate Donald Trump” in her profile is what tipped me off.)
Kid Rock's "redneck hero" image is a total joke. He grew up in six acres of luxury with horses ? they'll still say he "speaks for them" pic.twitter.com/qGTyWXyvy6
— Summer weber (@Summerweber16) July 24, 2017
Now, I don’t want to single out this one Twitter user. I’m sure she’s a sweet person. However, this is so remarkably emblematic of the attitude shared by so many liberals out there who simply don’t understand what they witnessed in 2016.
First of all, maybe citing Wikipedia isn’t the best idea in the world. Second of all, the excerpt is completely irrelevant. Kid Rock’s upbringing has nothing to do with his current message of fighting for the forgotten man. The same way Trump’s wealthy upbringing had nothing to do with his ability to reach out to people who were devastated by Obama’s backward policies. A platform that Kid outlined a few days after teasing his run.
From the New York Post:
“‘I believe if you work your butt off and pay taxes, you should be able to easily understand and navigate the laws, tax codes, health care and anything else the government puts in place that affects us all,’ he wrote above a link to his website on Monday.”
That’s a message that can be inspiring to every American regardless of background. That’s not a complicated idea to comprehend. But yet, it still isn’t clicking for the left. All they can do is resort to name calling or adopt a position of being too smart for the dumb hicks living between Manhattan and West Hollywood.
Just like Hillary thought she knew enough about the Michigan voter, liberals today think they know more about Kid Rock than the American voter. Kid Rock voters know who he is. Donald Trump voters know who he is. It’s the Democrats who aren’t getting the message. Not the average GOP voter. Kid Rock does speak for them. Regardless of how many horses he allegedly had growing up.
Oddly enough, liberals are also trying to discredit the early poll despite being abysmally wrong about the polls in the 2016 presidential race as well as Brexit. Apparently, since the polling site was registered two weeks ago, that means we have to completely discredit the findings.
No, I haven't either. At a minimum, doesn't look very professional. But, who knows. (Not sure what I'd expect a Kid Rock poll to show.)
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) July 23, 2017
The Resurgent ran a piece discrediting the poll (and me for writing about it on another site) because the domain name was registered two weeks ago. Great. It has been reported on by many websites on both sides of the political spectrum so clearly, it is newsworthy enough to at least talk about.
News outlets have certainly run with unscientific online polls and heavily biased polls in the past so the idea that this one can’t even be discussed is a little strange. The poll adds a degree of seriousness. We can argue all day long about how significant that degree might be. It also doesn’t really matter.
The poll is just one piece of the puzzle and the overall premise stands. The political climate, Kid Rock’s popularity in Michigan, the GOP’s historically strong midterm turnout, and the inability of the Democrats to put together a decent message has created the perfect landscape for a Kid Rock run. That’s not just a right wing opinion either.
Elizabeth Warren seems to agree with that summation, so the left can’t have it both ways. Either Kid Rock should be taken seriously or he’s a total joke. Make up your mind.
If Kid Rock ends up not running and this whole thing ends up being a stunt then I have no problem saying I’m wrong. Until then, it’s my humble opinion that Kid Rock can win this race. If the left hasn’t learned their lesson (and they clearly haven’t) after all their missteps in 2016, why would the results change in 2017 or 2018? You have to figure Kid Rock has people in his corner who know a lot more about politics than me who are telling him the same thing.