I know it sounds crazy, but I increasingly think Lindsey Graham has the goods to fill Trump’s shoes come 2024.
I “grew up” politically watching Graham and McCain sitting side by side on Sunday mornings, telling the mainstream media all the things they wanted to hear…
The base is mostly racist.
The media is a group of swell people.
Only evil hate mongers want to uphold our immigration laws.
We’re the only sane ones and we totally get why you all hate us.
You name the mainstream media talking point about how awful the rubes of the Republican party were, and Senators Graham and McCain would be right there nodding along with them.
Not to mention the tremendously quick trigger finger when it comes to starting wars that there are no real intentions of winning.
But something is happening. Something is changing.
I used to apologize for John Boehner and the Republican party of the tea party era. I’d note that they weren’t used to having any real reinforcements, and so of course they couldn’t actually do the will of the base. And I still maintain that’s true to a large degree.
Look anywhere on this blog and you’ll find me complaining about what a lousy job the conservative media and our most amplified messengers do. I’ve noted repeatedly that in order to bring about real change legislatively in DC, we have to start winning conversations socially and culturally. And I’ve said since around September 2015 that President Trump is the first person I’ve seen actually start doing that.
And go figure: The guy took on virtually the entire establishment GOP, the mainstream media, all of Hollywood, all of academia, the entire Democrat party and the entire Clinton machine, not to mention the rest of the swamp including the parts of the government Obama both weaponized and politicized (like the FBI) — and he won, and he became President.
And as President he’s accomplished an incredible list of victories despite having to stiff arm the pro-swamp media every step of the way.
Passing tax cuts, gutting Obamacare, pulling from the Paris Climate Accord, nuking the Iran Deal, bringing peace to the Korean peninsula, ensuring an economic miracle for our economy despite Obama’s best efforts to keep people poor and jobless, decimating ISIS, enforcing our immigration laws, no longer being a pathetic doormat for the rest of the world, renegotiating bad trade deals, and of course draining the swamp and exposing the media for the parasites and pro-Democrat propagandists that they are — on those days, when it matters most, all we’ve done is win.
How? Why? Because regardless of what the polls say, President Trump is winning conversations both socially and culturally. He’s got a big chunk of our nation — of all demographic stripes — nodding along with him.
I wrote not long ago that thanks to the unhinged media pretty much guaranteeing that Trump will win 49 states in 2020, it’s time we start talking about 2024 before grifting loser idiots like Stuart Stevens, Jonah Goldberg, Bill Kristol and Joe Scarborough hijack that conversation. And I didn’t even include Graham’s name in that piece because I floated it once before a few months prior (after again being impressed by the depths of his resolve in the face of media pressure) and was quickly shot down by everyone in the room. But the piece was really just a from-the-hip attempt to get people thinking about the realities…
1). For most of us, we’ve spent several decades watching in horror as the GOP and conservative media submit to the swamp they relied on for their livelihood.
2). President Trump was the first person to come along and not back down to the media, Democrats and establishment GOP who control that swamp.
3). He won, and keeps winning, but the same “NeverTrump” forces still insist that he’s an idiot and he just got lucky.
4). So they still don’t get it, and it’s up to us — the grassroots — to make sure we don’t give them back their power once President Trump leaves office in 2024.
But who can carry that torch? Who has the guts not to back down to the dishonest and biased mainstream media, even when they use identity politics to derail and then shackle us?
And I’m telling you, hard as it is to believe, I’m seeing some of that strength in Lindsey Graham. And I can’t say it surprises me that much. The guy has always had an edge that made him a lot sharper and stronger than most of the others. And he appears to be among the few who has actually taken some notes and learned from President Trump.
The reinforcements are here. No longer do the people we send to Washington have to fear the media and swamp more than they love us. We’ve shown them that we’re good for more than just votes and campaign contributions. And if any of them truly want to make a difference in our nation, then all they have to do is stand by the courage of their convictions — even and especially when the media is the most threatened and threatening — and we’ll always get their back, and fight alongside to keep them in power, so together we can all keep making America greater than ever before.
Who knows: We might even manage to make America united again, which from my seat is the second greatest civil rights undertaking of our time (right after desegregating people despite the media and Democrats’ efforts to keep us all divided based on identity).
So I’m not by a long shot saying Graham is the guy. But I’m saying whoever it is must have the guts to never back down or bow down to the media. And Graham is starting to really show some of that swagger. And that’s what we’re going to need to keep things on track after Trump leaves office in 2024.
UPDATE, 10/6/18 — Kavanaugh Confirmation Day
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