The Trump Thing is a campaign ploy that may be, as the 2022 election year unfolds, utilized by Democrats here in Connecticut as a distraction and a unifying trumpet blast.
The ploy served the Democrat Party well during one of Connecticut’s off-year presidential elections when Trump was not on the ballot and Democrats, by deploying the ploy at every opportunity, managed to wrest legislative seats from largely unoffending Republican office holders who were not in sync with Trump’s deplorable manners or his bristly and egocentric nature.
Hardly any Republican office holders in the state bothered to defend themselves at the time from charges, overt or implied, that they were in league with the besieged Trump because they had failed to denounce convincingly the titular head of their own National Republican Party.
Most instate Republicans appreciated Trump’s Supreme Court choices, his successful efforts to stem the rising tide of illegal immigration at the Mexican border, his successful efforts to increase business activity, his punishing tariffs on Iran, his hastening of the production of a Coronavirus vaccine, and his entente with several Arab states, some of which recognized Israel for the first time since Democrat President Harry Truman had formally recognized the state of Israel on behalf of the United States in 1948.
Will the Trump thing be deployed in the upcoming 2022 off year presidential elections? Likely it will, if only because politicians are much in the habit of repeating past successful campaign ploys, even when changed times has made them less efficacious. The Trump ploy, heavily emphasized by former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, did not serve him well in 2021 after Trump already had left office.
The extent to which Trump – not on the ballot and no longer President – will be used as a campaign foil in the coming elections will depend entirely on Connecticut’s Democrat campaign machine, unchallenged in the state’s largest cities, and a media still recovering from Trump’s traumatic battering. Calling the tribunes of the people “the fake media” is not the surest way of making friends and influencing people.
Even now we see in current news reports stinging references to Trump, unplugged and no longer a danger to the Republic. And though we know the national media really can chew gum and walk at the same time, rare criticism of the current administration of President Joe Biden has been soft as a summer zephyr and intermittent. Is it possible that Republicans this election year will be focusing on Biden, as Democrats in recent off year elections focused on Trump, even though Biden will not be on the ballot?
What Trump happens to be thinking at the moment about Biden’s inflationary spending-bender, or the semi-permeable border between Mexico and the United States, or the possibility that Honduran citizens soon may be permitted to vote in New York City for non-federal candidates, or the unabated onrush of people crashing U.S. borders with a wink and a nod from Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, or the manifest failure of Biden’s abject surrender of Afghanistan to Taliban forces is largely unimportant. Trump’s vituperation matters less that the quite predictable consequences of the Biden policy failures cited above. President of China Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin of Russia, both aggressive communists familiar with the uses of force, which throughout history always has trumped flaccid diplomacy, have signaled they are prepared to challenge U.S. foreign policy with possible military incursions into Taiwan and Ukraine.
Now that Trump-The-Demon has been shoved into the broom closet, the media, rightly contrarian during the Trump presidency, appears to have lost its appetite for political contrarian confrontation. That is why Trump denunciation will serve as a welcome distraction for Democrats who do not wish to defend Biden’s failed policies, even in politically sleepy Connecticut. Citizens who place their trust in the tribunes of the people want reporters and editors to be more, not less, contrarian with respect to the party in power. And, of course, Democrats in Connecticut have cornered the political market for decades.
As time marches inexorably on, it becomes increasingly less possible for the party in power to denounce the party out of power for political mishaps. Ruling progressive politicians in Connecticut have been addicted to spending for decades and heedless of the crushing state debt, $57 billion, dangling over Connecticut’s future like a Damoclean sword. Neither the state’s present condition nor the shape of its Democrat Party constructed future can fairly be attributed to Republican General Assembly members shunted aside by Democrats roughly since the Governor Jodi Rell administration.
The public temperature of people in Connecticut, quaintly used to constitutional government, is HOT. For two years, the general public has tolerated the shutdown of its economy, its judiciary and its General Assembly, the chief representative body of the people throughout its history – even in colonial days. It has rolled over with a gubernatorial administered economic punch to its breadbasket, the shutdown and political harassment of businesses by a governor who has, during this time, exercised a plenary power more powerful and extensive that that of Connecticut’s last colonial governor, Jonathan Trumbull in 1776.
Just now, as a prelude to the 2022 elections, frustrated and impatient people are asking the question – how long O’Lord?