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Trumpism Lives On!

Donald Trump may end up losing the 2020 election in the Electoral College, but he won the campaign that ended on Nov. 3. Democrats had been talking of a "sweep," a "blowout," a "blue wave" washing the Republicans out of power, capturing the Senate, and bringing in an enlarged Democratic majority in Nancy Pelosi's House. They visualized the ouster of Trump in a defeat so massive and humiliating that it would serve as an eternal repudiation of the man. And, most intoxicating of all, they believed they would be seen by history as the angels of America's deliverance. It was not to be.

The American electorate failed to perform its designated role in the establishment's morality play. Indeed, Democrats ended Tuesday night terrified that America had again turned its back on them and preferred Trump to the leaders and agenda they had put forth. By the campaign's end, Democrats were freezing the ball and running out the clock.  

Consider the immense burdens candidate Trump had to carry. Early in his reelection year, the nation was struck by the worst pandemic in a hundred years that, by Election Day, would kill nearly a quarter of a million Americans and cause an economic collapse to rival the Great Depression. Trump had to endure daily the near-universal hatred and hostility of the nation's academic, media, and cultural elites. How hostile is this city to President Trump? He lost D.C.'s three electoral votes by a margin of 20-1.    

Yet, even so burdened, Trump won 3 million more votes in 2020 than he had in 2016, and, as of midnight on Election Day, he seemed headed for victory in the Electoral College. Giving the energy and effort he put into his campaign—a dozen rallies in the last three days—and the enthusiastic response from the huge crowds, Trump has much to be proud of. 

Trump may lose the presidency, but Trumpism was not rejected. Nor was it repudiated by the people if, by Trumpism, one means "America First" nationalism, securing our borders, using tariffs to bring back our manufacturing base, bidding goodbye to globalism, staying out of unnecessary wars, and swearing off ideological crusades. 

And if Joe Biden becomes our 46th president, the tenure of office of this visibly frail and enfeebled leader is likely to be among the more abbreviated in American history and bereft of high achievement. For Democrats appear to have lost seats in Nancy Pelosi's House, and, instead of sweeping to power in the Senate to make Chuck Schumer the new majority leader, Senate Democrats appear to have gained only a single seat. As of now, Sen. Mitch McConnell is set to be the gatekeeper to any passage of the Biden-Harris and Sanders-AOC agendas.

Good luck getting something enacted that Mitch McConnell doesn't like. As of today, the 2020 election has restored to Senate Republicans veto power over any and all administration legislation, be it liberal, progressive or socialist. This election may have made McConnell the most powerful congressional leader since Lyndon Johnson.

With McConnell leading a GOP majority, Democrats would be unable to end the filibuster or pack the Supreme Court, and the GOP majority would have the power to kill the Biden tax plan, "Medicare for All" and the "Green New Deal." There will be no statehood and two senators for Puerto Rico or D.C., and no reparations for slavery. Mayors and governors seeking blue state bailouts to avoid defaulting on overdue debts will need McConnell's blessing.

In times past, there was often comity between the parties, or at least an attempt at comity. In mid-August of 1974, after he took office, President Gerald Ford went before Congress to declare: "I do not want a honeymoon with you. I want a good marriage." It was not to be. And in the ideological divide and poisoned politics of this city, there is little likelihood of compromise—or even civility.

Biden faces other troubles, too. The worst of the COVID-19 crisis, in terms of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, may be ahead of us. And Democrats will not be able to blame Trump indefinitely. And if their answer is, as Joe Biden has at times indicated, a national "shutdown," a Biden honeymoon is unlikely to last.       

Bottom line: Joe Biden is not going to be the "transformational" president of his imagining. Nor is he going to be the "most progressive president since Roosevelt" as some Democrats have been promising. And the reasons are obvious.        

FDR had massive Democratic majorities in both Houses of Congress throughout the 1930s. And he won the presidency in 1932 by capturing 57 percent of the vote and 42 of the 48 states of the Union. In 1936, he carried 46 of 48 states, losing only Maine and Vermont.

Biden has no such mandate and no such power base, and he lacks the natural gifts of FDR. Sorry, but there is no new "Era of Good Feelings" in store for America. To the contrary.

 

Patrick J. Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever. To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com.

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Cleophus
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Am I seeing correctly? Are my eyes deceiving me?!? Did Patrick J. Buchanan just tell me that the Republicans are actually in control and everything's going to be just fine??? I only have one question, WHAT HAS BUCHANAN BEEN SMOKING?!?!?!? Mitch McConnell as leader of the Senate is not the story Buchanan should be writing about. He should be SCREAMING FROM THE ROOF TOPS THE FACT THAT THIS COUNTRIES PRESIDENCY HAS JUST BEEN STOLEN!!! Now the mask finally slips, Patrick J. Buchanan is a NEVER TRUMPER!!! Piss on you, Pat! Piss on you, McConnell and Graham!!! Republicans like you let this happen. Y'all wanted it to happen. You're nothing but a bunch of turncoat traitors! You've got the idea that the Trump conservative army will now just meekly fall into line behind the leadership of the same establishment Republicans that just assisted in chopping off our leaders head. Well, YOU'RE WRONG! IT AIN'T NEVER GONNA' HAPPEN! Y'all can all just twist in the wind as far as I'm concerned. You see, I know now, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that my vote means absolutely nothing, unless it's been OK'd by the deep state cabal that actually runs this country. From now on, I'm concentrating on one thing, SECESSION! I'm going to do everything I can to assist in the dissolution of the centralized, concentrated nest of vipers called the federal government, and make Washington D.C. back into what it was, just another little town on the Potomac river. It's the last hope that the people of the States have at actually governing themselves without the interference of Soros and his band of monkeys like Buchanan, McConnell, Romney and Graham. Goodbye Republican Party, I wish I'd never knew ye!
 
 

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Cleophus
Tosca417, I don't think secession was a stupid idea the first time around. I think that our secession from Great Britain was the defining moment of this country. If you can't understand this simple fact then God help you.
Tosca417
Its not our break from Great Britain that was a problem. It was secession over Lincoln's tariffs which were a good thing. Not all Southerners wanted to just be left alone either. Most people connected with this magazine complain about the "tyrannical" Lincoln, but plenty of Southern sympathizers in the 19th century were interested in inciting revolution in Central America to expand slave territory. That's called imperialism or simply butting in to other people's business.
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HenryK
Hmmm...you noticed! That most of the Republican Congress holds loyalty to the DC Establishment (aka “The Swamp”), not to whoever is president at the moment. They get into Congress as a career, not as a temp job. Presidents come and presidents go, no longer than eight years at most. China Joe Biden has been in Congress for over FOUR decades!! Many others have “served” (at the self-serve bar) for decades. For most, staying in is not the most important thing; it's the ONLY thing!!
Chase Gioberti
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This is just insane. THEY JUST STOLE A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND PAT IS DECLARING VICTORY!!!! “Good luck getting something enacted that Mitch McConnell doesn't like.” CoC Mitch already sent Lindsay out to talk about amnesty for ten million. Bye bye America. Mitch likes the left’s agenda. Has Pat been watching the hope porn of the never Trumpers? You don’t think they’ll steal a couple senate seats in two years and then they can add more states, pack the court. They killed Scalia. You don’t think they’d kill Thomas? They just put in Communists in charge. People responsible for 150 million deaths in the last century and Pat is talking about negotiations with McConnell. This country is absolutely finished.
 
 

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Tosca417
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Two Senate runoffs in January will decide who controls the Senate. Without Trump leading the Republican Party why will anybody bother to vote in the future. He has left no successor. Republicans are finished.
 
 

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Tosca417
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Even if he would run again in 2024 which I doubt. The Democrats and Globalist Republicans will have undone everything before 2022. The only hope now is getting late and bogus ballots thrown out.
 
 

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HenryK
If President Trump’s 2020 win is sunk, putting an agent of a foreign power in as impostor president, the Never Trump-ers will be absolutely determined to stick him with a felony. Any felony. Conviction unnecessary. Just have an investigation and indictment dragging on for long enough to keep him off of the 2024 ballots. By 2028 he will be too old.
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HenryK
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“(President Trump) lost D.C.'s three electoral votes by a margin of 20-1.” WHY should Washington County, Maryland get three electoral votes? It should get only ONE as its population qualifies for a single congressional district. In Maryland. Does Fort Campbell, Kentucky, which is mostly in Tennessee, get three electoral votes? It is under exclusive federal jurisdiction. Similar for other federal enclaves within the states.
 
 

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