I have a huge advantage over most Washington area-based journalists.
My readers are largely from among the Republican Party’s conservative base, and I communicate with them all the time and read their comments on this website. And I take what they say very seriously. Because of them, and not because of any stroke of genius on my part, I predicted in the summer of 2015 that Donald Trump was a serious candidate for president and a force to be reckoned with. I was ridiculed by others in Washington for doing it.
My point is, I often understand very well what conservatives outside the Beltway are thinking. And I can say unequivocally that if Republican politicians refuse at this point to go to the mat for Brett Kavanaugh – who faces two unsupported accusations of sexual misconduct supposedly committed three and a half decades ago – conservatives will stay home on Election Day and the GOP will be wiped out.
The problem for Republicans in this election cycle is that the left is fully motivated. Its hatred for President Trump courses through the bloodstream of its adherents and acts as an adrenaline rush that will propel them to the polls in droves. But conservative enthusiasm picked up right as the first unsubstantiated charge against Kavanaugh seized the headlines. Now there’s a second.
Nothing is more important to conservatives than the Supreme Court. It’s a big part of the reason they put a Republican in the White House. They will not see this opportunity stolen from them by doubtful, unprovable charges lodged at the last minute that seem to many an attempt to delay a confirmation vote until after Election Day in the hope that Democrats will win the Senate.
One question I often hear among conservatives after Republicans have crumbled in the face of yet another onslaught by ruthless Democrats is, Why am I voting for Republicans? Not that they would vote for Democrats instead. They just won’t vote.
It’s as simple as going to the mechanic to get that noise fixed, and the noise never gets fixed. And then you finally say, Well, I’ll just live with it. The car seems to keep running anyway.
Republicans elected their representatives and senators to do a job. If they allow themselves to be slain by Spartacus of New Jersey and his cohort, Republicans are worthless in the view of many in the GOP base. It’s the answer to the “mystery” of why they chose Trump over a field of decent Republicans in 2016. Because people like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio would roll over and play dead when confronted with a herd of determined asses braying about social justice and evil, Racist, misogynist conservatives. I’m talking, of course, about the Democrat’s equine mascot, not trying to be pejorative. Of course not.
Trump fights. He doesn’t care about the arrows slung at him. Or perhaps more accurately, he does care, but he beckons them his way anyway. Because in the end, he loves a fight. He provokes them all day long. He gets pissed. That’s good.
If the usual suspects in the GOP Washington establishment flee from Spartacus, Chuck Schumer, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Mazie Hirono, Dianne Feinstein, and the rest of the Bolsheviks doing whatever it takes to win, they will lose the Senate and find these people in charge instead as conservatives stay home. And the Democrats will run up huge margins in the House.
Because the question, Why am I voting for Republicans? will be answered: No particular reason at all.