COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 31, 2016 – Liberal commentator Chris Matthews cleverly accomplished something millions of dollars in ads and months of Hillary Clinton photo ops haven’t: He single-handedly rejuvenated the Hillary Clinton campaign. At the same time, he reached out and grabbed potential Democratic cross-over-to-Trump voters and returned them to the flock.
While the admittedly facile Donald Trump has managed to climb to the pinnacle of American politics based on his wit and pragmatic, refreshingly non-politically correct speech, he stumbled when the Democrats’ old shibboleth, “a woman’s right to choose” was dragged out one more time for an airing.
Trump was sadly unprepared to face arguably the most liberal of interviewers. Canny though Trump is, and as well as he’s fielded other reporters’ questions and traps, in the end, Chris Matthews was the one to get him. Caught in Matthews’ net of innuendo and trick questions, Trump gasped for air.
The commentator finally dragged out one of the Democrats’ nearly religious catechisms: “a woman’s right to choose.” Like the Second Amendment and racism, “a woman’s right to choose” energizes every card-carrying liberal. Talk about dog whistles! As in church, liberal parishioners immediately drop to their knees in obeisance whenever these subjects are raised.
So Matthews took that issue out of the old kit bag and slapped it onto the table like some old dead fish, for all to see.
Until this interview, Democrats were wallowing in a swamp of old pants suits, an aging socialist, being on the down side of immigration, Obama-mania and trade issues. With the resurrection of “the woman’s issue,” they now can pivot their way successfully through the national election.
The wind’s at their backs. Never mind nuclear proliferation, the disastrous Iran pact, the Iran-Korea nuclear alliance, Islamic terrorism, the growing impossible national debt or the still-failed Affordable Care Act. Never mind the IRS’s political punishments that have been discovered. Never mind four dead Americans in Libya following their repeated and desperate cries for help.
None of that matters any longer. Because now, it’s all about “the women.” Flags will fly, pickets will march, expensive television ads will forever rerun the Matthews tape. Gloria Steinem and the girls will make hay while the sun shines brightly once again on the Democratic Party.
Oh, happy day!
The frightened GOP again will retreat into their brittle tortoise shells as their lawyers seek more and better ways to dump Trump/Cruz and bring back the good old days with a Kasich or new speaker of the House as their candidate.
As Rush Limbaugh has repeated with limited success, the two winning issues for Democrats, once all else fails (and just now, with historically low Democratic voter turn-out, all else may have failed), are race and women’s rights. With those barking dogs, liberals can continue to paint conservatives and “wanna-be” conservatives like Trump as heartless, uninformed cads/racists.
Medical doctors say that death occurs often not from one malady but from an unfortunate mix of several problems occurring all at once. Humans (and voters) usually can overcome one attack. Perhaps two. Possibly three.
But in the case of the Trump candidacy, the only part of his campaign that’s still sound and robust is his voter base.
But the Silent Majority alone cannot elevate a national presidential candidate to office. For that, every part of the “body politic” must be sound. The Trump campaign, roaring along with the Silent Majority’s support, now is suffering from a thousand cuts.
The GOP Establishment says “Anyone But Trump.” That’s a helluva support for the one man who’s been able to lure cross-over voters to denounce their party in order to vote Republican! To those establishment “Ins,” add the anti-Trump Sanders supporters and the liberal media, who so far have been wrong in predicting Trump’s demise.
No one, of course, can predict the end of Donald Trump’s race to the top. He has proven the naysayers wrong again and again in his campaign. Like Prometheus, his flame is strong. He stands tall, speaks the truth, lacks political artifice and hence occasionally steps into traps set for him by cagier, more duplicitous players. To play at national politics, as Trump and Dr. Ben Carson before him are learning is to know where the third rails are and to deftly side-step them.
Donald Trump is one defiant candidate. He talks like we do. He is by all accounts an accomplished businessman, a good husband, a great father and an admired employer. His common sense and street smarts have taken him far.
The answer to whether or not he can go all the way will depend on his being super-human, rising above the fray and, like Prometheus, winning.