Déjà Vu All Over Again

During the 2016 election you could hear and see and read at any time of the day or night how hopelessly impossible a Trump victory truly was.  The pollsters had every option documented and confirmed.  The only question was whether Hillary’s victory would be a landslide or a tsunami.  And then the pundits on tv or in print took those polls and lovingly applied them like salt to a wound.  Go back to the YouTube videos and feel the pure spiteful joy in their voices, the triumphalism.  The polls were rock solid and unanimous.  The Republicans were divided and panic-stricken.  Every sign pointed to Trump’s defeat, Democrat triumph.  But for those who could hear, something sounded flat.  The stridency and hectoring seemed so manic almost desperate.  And no matter how large the crowds were for Trump the poll numbers never improved.  In fact, they always declined.  And all my friends said it was over and a foregone conclusion.  And I told them they were wrong and I even put my money where my mouth was.  Then Trump won and we all knew what those polls were.  They were fud (fear, uncertainty and doubt).  Although the “d” could stand for disinformation in this case.

Fast forward to today.  Every month we get a fresh poll assuring us that the “Blue Wave” has returned!  Whenever the polls start to show the Republicans gaining strength some new bogeyman appears to renew the death knell.  Every Republican district is fading.  Every Democrat district is twenty points ahead.  Doom, doom, doom.

Okay, so could the polls be right?  Sure, they could.  The Republicans are stiffs.  Most of their constituencies probably hate their guts.  And they should.  They’re all useless losers.  They don’t know what they believe and the only thing they care about is keeping their paying gigs, nothing else.  But being afraid of this stuff is a waste of time for us.  If the Republicans win, that should finally convince the NeverTrumpers that they really are complete losers.  If the Democrats win then we know that we’ll be going through the whole impeachment charade.  But it doesn’t matter.  We’ve found out the truth.  It’s all just power politics and all their moralizing is only noise and nonsense.  We’re completely justified to pursue our own agenda any way we see fit.  We can make whatever enemies and allies we want to and pursue whatever strategies and tactics are deemed expedient.  They say the truth shall set you free and in a real sense it has.  It truly is liberating to stop worrying about an imaginary relationship that always turned into betrayal.  The RINOs can’t shock us and the Progressives are devouring their own.  And knowledge is strength.  When you know how things really work you can more accurately predict outcomes.  And when you no longer think you are dealing with friends and countrymen the desire to be open and transparent goes away.  Secrecy and guile become tactics.  Once you read Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals you recognize what’s been used against your side for fifty years and you realize just how easily it can now be used against them.

But I’m just belaboring the point.  Be of good cheer.  The outcome is just as likely to be good as bad.  We’ve got the happiest warrior of all tweeting from the Oval Office.  Enjoy the ride for as long as it lasts and be ready for what follows, good, bad or indifferent.

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