So, now we have a Christmas message from our former President and hoped-for future President which shows how desperate he’s getting as the gap in the polls between him and the rest of the GOP field begins to narrow down.
It’s a really crazy rant which went out both on Truth Social and X/Twitter, and the last part was his holiday wish to: “the THUGS we have inside our Country who, with their Open Borders, INFLATION, Afghanistan Surrender, Green New Scam, High Taxes, No Energy Independence, Woke Military, Russia/Ukraine, Israel/Iran, All Electric Car Lunacy, and so much more, are looking to destroy our once great USA. MAY THEY ROT IN HELL. AGAIN, MERRY CHRISTMAS!”
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. If Trump loses either Iowa or New Hampshire, he’s toast. And while his national numbers still have him far ahead, the New Hampshire primary is becoming a real contest, with Trump down to where he was in August (44%) and Haley up to nearly twice as high (26%) as she was on October 1st.
In other words, right now Haley’s got the momentum, and if an article in The New York Times is even half correct because it claims that voters are looking for stability, not chaos this time around, then all the more reason why Trump’s Christmas message is the wrong style at the wrong time.
Remember something called the Tea Party? This so-called ‘movement’ started up in February 2009, and the pundits all went ga-ga over this new brand of conservatism because it gave them something new to talk about instead of the same old shit.
Where was the Tea Party in 2016? Nowhere. As Grandpa would say, ‘gurnisht helfen,’ (read: nothing at all.)
Trump might have replaced the Tea Party with MAGA, were it not for a little event which happened on January 6, 2021. And even if all the other 2024 GOP wannabees have gone out of their way to somehow pretend that the January 6th riot (or insurrection or whatever you want to call it) never occurred, when Nikki Haley says that the GOP needs a ‘fresh start,’ everybody knows what that means. It means that if Trump loses either Iowa or New Hampshire, he’s what Grandpa would call ‘toyt’ (read: done.)
On the other hand, what do you think would be the reaction if Trump put out a sweet, lovely tweet or truth about how everyone deserved to enjoy the holidays, even the Deep State vermin hiding under the rocks? Like just about everybody who follows politics, I would have figured that some mainstream candidate like Chris Christie or Ron DeSantis had taken over Trump’s brain and was trying to move him back into some kind of normal, slightly conservative glide path.
But the problem with extreme political messaging in this country is that it only works when either everything is really fucked up or when people hear such narratives for the first time, or both.
How do you continue to rant about inflation when the retail price for regular gasoline in my state is now under $3 a gallon and will probably slip down to $2.95 next week? How do you scream about a ‘terrible economy’ when retailers have just reported their best holiday sales season in years? [Thank you Paula.]
It’s not difficult to shift your script a little to the Left or a little to the Right when things change during a political campaign, and you haven’t made such a big deal out of what you’re saying in the first place.
Ask the average GOP voter what Trump stands for and he’ll quickly say ‘MAGA’ and won’t need to mention another word. Ask that same voter to tell you what Nikki Haley will do if she gets elected President, and you’ll get duhhh….
The bottom line is that if things continue the way they have been going for the last couple of weeks, to quote from Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 4, Donald Trump is about to be hoisted by his own petard. Which means in contemporary parlance that something he said or did is about to bite him right in the middle of his fat ass.
Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.