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BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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As all the postmortems of the midterm elections roll in, one narrative that’s rising to the top is that many Republicans who were Trump supporters are now starting to see DeSantis as the Party’s future and Trump as an anchor. Blogger Don Surber sums up the case well that even though we Trump supporters know most of the accusations hurled against him were false, manufactured and libelous, they worked to made his name toxic with millions of voters, especially Independents who never be convinced to vote for Trump or anyone aligned with him.
Surber points out that while Trump-backed candidates in red states and districts did well, those in swing states polled well below other Republicans, suggesting that if Trump ran for President, he would not be able to carry those states, even if he won them before. The betting markets seem to agree, as DeSantis has leaped into the #1 spot as most likely President in 2024 (29.7% odds) with Trump falling to second (17.6%.) You’ll be relieved to know that AOC is at 0.6%.
Trump also hasn’t helped his own case by continuing to focus on the 2020 election (which I agree was unfair and a travesty and has yet to be really investigated, but it’s over) instead of the future, and by attacking other Republicans against whom he holds grudges. As great a President as some of us think he was, it takes a strong team to win the Presidency, and you don’t win by tackling your own teammates.
When I ran for President in 2016, Trump was my primary opponent. I refused to let debate moderators goad me into attacking him (and they tried.) I told them that every person on that stage would be a better President than anyone the Democrats nominated, and I think history bore me out.
After Trump won the nomination, I didn’t sit around sucking on sour grapes. I thought about how I could help restore American strength and values outside of the political realm. I also joined wholeheartedly in helping Trump’s campaign. When he became President, I continued to defend him against a barrage of false and unfair charges, although I did criticize him when I felt it was warranted.
Now, I fear, is one of those times. Maybe it’s possible for Trump to somehow overcome the huge resistance against him among Independents, but he’s not going to do that by alienating Republicans, too. As much as I would love to see Trump make a comeback in 2024, he needs to remember that making America great again -- returning power from Washington to the people, draining the Swamp, and restoring Constitutional rights, military strength and the rule of law -- is a popular movement, it’s not a cult of personality. It’s bigger than any one person. I know he loves America, and that’s why he gave up so much to run for President.
If he cares about Making America Great Again as much as I think he does, I hope he will reflect seriously on what’s the best way to accomplish that, if what he’s doing now is really helping, and whether he can make his greatest contribution by leading the parade or cheering it on from the sidelines.
Related: Trump’s former Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany agrees that Trump should put any announcements about his 2024 plans on hold until after the Georgia Senate run-off. There’s no point in stirring up a lot of animosity and side issues that might impact an election as important as that. This would be a good way to show Republicans that he can prioritize the GOP winning the Senate over his own political plans.
Some good news
If you’re looking for good news in Tuesday’s disappointing election results, there actually was quite a bit, and not just in Florida. For instance, on Wednesday, Zach Nunn edged out incumbent Democrat Rep. Cindy Axne in Iowa’s District 3. That not only flipped the seat, it also means all of Iowa’s House members are now Republicans.
In Texas, Monica De La Cruz isn’t just the first female Hispanic Republican to win in the 15th District, she’s the first Republican ever to win it in over a century.
And parental rights groups had a good night in many school board elections.
Finally, I hate to engage in schadenfreude, but it’s hard not to smile when you read about a tech billionaire and Democrat mega-donor who spent $10 million to elect Biden and nearly $40 million on Democrat political operatives to turn America left losing 94% of his net worth overnight. It’s the biggest one-day proportional loss among billionaires in history. And no, it’s not Mark Zuckerberg.
More "What Happened" stories
If you’d like to read some more “What happened?” post-election commentaries, here are some thoughts from Victor Davis Hanson (he agrees with me that state-to-state immigration is making red states redder and blue states bluer.)
Brandon Morse at Redstate.com makes a similar point to mine about the red wave being stopped by young voters who’ve been brainwashed with leftism. We will lose this nation if Republicans don’t do something about our schools acting as indoctrination centers.
Kevin Downey Jr. at PJ Media is also worth reading.
And Kurt Schlichter always is.
October inflation numbers
Thursday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the October inflation numbers, the latest results of those policies Biden refuses to change. Inflation continued rising, up 0.4% from September, and 7.7% from a year before.
The good news, if you can call it that: both numbers were 0.2% lower than economists predicted. And the annual core inflation rate, which doesn’t include food or energy, was 6.3%, which was down slightly from September’s 40-year high of 6.6%.
The bad news: I don’t know anyone who can live without food or energy. And on an annual basis, food prices were up 10.9%. I don’t know about you, but I wish that most of the food I buy was only 10.9% more expensive than it was a year ago. It seems as if some things are up by that much every time I walk into a store.
MSNB-See the craziness!
No sooner had voters in Pennsylvania elected stroke victim John Fetterman to the Senate than MSNBC’s Katy Tur began speculating on him running for President, although she admitted there are “some variables, obviously.”
Apparently, cognitive impairment is no longer a disqualification for being a Democrat President. I guess it would enable the Party to put up a likeable front man while all the real decisions got made by a bunch of radical staffers who could never get elected if voters knew they were actually going to be running the White House. Then again, nah! That could never happen!
Would someone look into this please?!?
I’d hate to be accused of being a treasonous, insurrectionist election denier, but it would be nice if some “fact-checkers” could look into this story and explain the lines showing two sudden, startling leaps in votes for Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
RIP Dan McCafferty of Nazareth
By Pat Reeder, “Huckabee” pop culture guru (http://www.hollywoodhifi.com)
Here’s one that will be sad news for the serious classic rock fans: Dan McCafferty died Tuesday at 76. The cause was unspecified, but he had long suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD.) McCafferty was the longtime lead singer of the bluesy Scottish hard rock band Nazareth, and his powerful, gruff, “gargling with razor blades” vocals helped give them their unique sound.
Although they were never a superstar band, they released 23 albums with McCafferty from 1971 through 2014, influenced many other bands, and scored such hits as “Love Hurts,” “This Flight Tonight” and “Hair of the Dog,” which Guns ‘N’ Roses covered. Axl Rose even asked them to play at his wedding, but they declined.
McCafferty retired from Nazareth in 2013 after his COPD and a stomach ulcer made it impossible for him to tour. But he did continue to sing when he could, and he released a solo album, “Last Testament,” in 2019.
Music vlogger Pete Pardo did a nice salute and retrospective that you can see here. RIP:
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