A time is quickly coming when FOXNews – or as I prefer to refer to them FAUX”News” – will have to make a choice. And that choice will likely determine the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election.
Don’t get me wrong, I think FOXNews played a huge role in 2012. It was their stonewall defense of Mitt Romney and some of his ludicrous statements that allowed a whole host of GOP voters to be completely blindsided when Barack Obama won in a veritable landslide, at least by today’s standards. The Republicans were so sure that they were going to win, that any victory by the Democrats looked huge.
But now FOXNews is faced with a real dilemma. It’s time to put their well-lined wallets where their mouths are.
On one hand they have an pretty popular candidate in Donald Trump. The Donald seems to be able to say pretty much whatever he wants, only to have his poll numbers continue to go up. The problem is, a lot of what he says flies right in the face of the GOP baseline.
On the other, they have a field of remaining candidates that are about as popular as a booger on a wedding dress. Ben Carson is about the most electable of the bunch, but even he has perception issues with the public due to his apparent lack of energy and his belief in things such as the pyramids being created to store grain.
And if it’s not Carson, it’s Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Carley Fiorina, none of which are remotely electable.
So who do they back? At some point FOXNews has to help the GOP whittle down the field and who they choose to back could very well determine Republican fates come next November.
If they back Trump, they must accept a candidate that (A) they cannot control, (B) doesn’t share their views and (C) doesn’t give a rip if he pisses them or anyone else off.
They back anyone but Trump, it’s very likely that The Donald will pull a Sarah Palin and go rogue, splitting off his candidacy into a third-party arc and sucking off more than enough votes to literally hand the White House to the Democratic candidate in an actual landslide.
Republicans loved Trump when he started out because he said whatever he wanted and wasn’t a Washington insider. But now that he has called out a few of their own and gone off the rails on people groups like Muslims and Hispanics, they seem almost scared to admit that he may be their only shot at winning the election.
It’s an age old one – Be careful what you ask for, because you just might get it.
It appeared after the 2012 election that the Republican Party had gotten a wake up call.
They and their team of paid pundits, aka Fox”News”, had predicted a resounding victory for their candidate Mitt Romney. They assured the American people of a blow out win that would make the Reagan-Mondale fiasco look small in comparison. At least that’s the way Fox promoted it.
And then they shut up.
I called the outcome of the election with a decided amount of accuracy. Among other things I stated that Obama would win, that he’d have a 3%-5% margin in the popular vote and that have at least 280-290 votes in the Electoral College. And when all of those came true, plus a few more, my GOP friends were astonished. How could their news station, their candidates and their constituency have been so wrong?
Well don’t look guys, ’cause its happening again.
The Grand Old Party is digging itself a hole that it may not be able to get out of.
After recovering from the shock of their 2012 loss, the Republican leadership evidently didn’t learn that they are severely out of touch – even though they paid lip service to that sentiment. They didn’t learn that the average American is not buying their rhetoric any longer.
The American people don’t believe that huge corporations running unbridled and unchecked is a good thing for them.
They don’t believe that the GOP is telling them the truth very often, if at all.
And they don’t believe that shutting down the government so the GOP can get their way is right whatsoever.
But that’s what the Republicans decided to do since they didn’t get their way with the Affordable Care Act.
Jon Stewart did a wonderful job of explaining why this is so ridiculous on The Daily Show Sept. 30, 2013. Because I can’t get the actual video up or find a transcript, here’s a paraphrase of what he said.
The GOP protesting the Affordable Care Act is like the New York Giants, after having lost to the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend 31-7, telling the NFL, “Look, we know we lost, but unless you give us 25 points we’re going to shut down the NFL!”
Republicans just don’t get it. They lost and they lost big. The Affordable Care Act passed the House and the Senate. President Obama signed it into law and when challenged, the Supreme Court backed it up saying that it was Constitutional.
But that wasn’t enough. So while we have an economy still reeling from the financial crash of 2008 (which came under George W. Bush’s watch) the Republicans decided to waste vote after vote – 41 in all so far – attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act law.
And now that they have no recourse left, they are willing to take some one million federal employees and toss them to the wolves without pay. They think it is perfectly fine to commit a political terrorist act and hold the entire nation hostage so they can get their way.
My son use to think that way when he was three years old. I swatted his butt and he stopped doing that. Makes you think doesn’t it?
The images and emotions of this year are being indelibly etched into the minds of Americans, especially the ones who are now out of work. And as the holiday season turns toward 2014 in a few months, the real meat of the next political cycle will begin. Unless the Democrats throw a complete loser into the race, the GOP is gearing up for another sound thrashing.
How will it go down? Probably something like this…
The GOP will open any discussion on the Affordable Care Act by saying that it is costing Americans billions of dollars. They won’t have any specific figures, and when they do one won’t match from one pundit to the next because they aren’t bright enough to check their lies before they tell them. They’ll point to Democrats as the ones who wouldn’t budge and meet their demands.
The Democrats will counter with the fact that Affordable Care Act is a law, pointing to the various members of the GOP that voted for it to make it so. They will repeatedly show that what the Republicans did was wrong, and they’ll prove it.
But all that won’t really matter because what will still be fresh in their minds of the more than one million federal employees that got laid off will be that their jobs were cut off for some extended period of time. And when the dust settles, the majority will realize it was the GOP that did it to them.
And the icing on the cake will be a slew of commercials about how the Affordable Care Act helped person after person who previously had no health care or couldn’t get it due to preexisting conditions.
At that point it won’t matter if they have a Ronald Reagan clone running. The damage will have been done.
The hole may just be far too deep.
The 2016 election just became the Democrats to win lose.
And with more than two years left before my next set of prognostications are due – which I’ve made every presidential election since Jimmy Carter and been right every year – I’m going to sit back and enjoy the show.
Hey, can someone reading this back up a dump truck full of popcorn for me.
This is gonna be good.