If as many predict Donald Trump runs the table on Super Tuesday, then in the view of this author he is well on his way to securing the Republican presidential nomination.
Distained by the political elite, Trump the billionaire” immediately understood the “blue collar backlash” to the establishment crowd.
Like them he was fed up with illegal immigration, open borders, crime, staggering wages, the trade imbalance, jobs being shipped overseas, and the threat of ISIS to the homeland.
And right before the establishment’s eyes Trump is leading a movement or revolution inside the Republican Party and that revolution is being televised.
And it seems the elites are powerless to change the channel.
In my lifetime I have seen two distinct upheavals to the establishment GOP, or two waves if you will. The Reagan revolution of 1980 and the Gingrich revolution of 1994. Both resulted in a major center right shift to the country.
Present at both revolutions was Newt Gingrich, the GOP’s idea man. Always a contrarian, Newt has never been a favorite of the “insiders.” Like Trump, he challenges their status quo doctrine.
In a company town, which D.C. most certainly is, Newt has never played the game. He really doesn’t like the parlor intrigues and frankly he abhors the “genius” consultants that are pervasive in the republican party. Instead he prefers to work on ideas, policy, and solutions.
And as a student of history Newt is a great tactician. He understands what works in campaigns and what doesn’t. And from a purely Machiavellian point of view, Newt knows how to take a winning issue and contrast it with his opponent.
The Contract with America that House republicans rode to victory in 1994 is prime example of how good policy is good politics.
In elective politics, I could make the case that Newt’s South Carolina republican primary win in 2012 helped to set the stage for the Trump Wave in 2016.
Of course Newt didn’t go on to win Florida or win the nomination. The long knives of the republican establishment were out to get him.
Romney and his allies unleashed a torrent of negative ads against Newt but after Souh Carolina the campaign really didn’t have the financial resources to respond.
In his lifetime Newt has reached the highest peaks of politics and he has been knocked flat. But like the great fighter Jim Braddock of the 1930’s he has gotten off the mat to fight and win again.
Both Newt and Trump are similar in that respect. Both have bounced back from adversity and both have thrived. Both get the plight of the blue collar and the shrinking middle class.
Both understand that if America doesn’t rollback “Obama’s Transformation” our nation is sure to continue its rapid decline.
Now Donald Trump is poised to lead a potential third conservative wave.
Past center right shifts may lend insight on how Mr. Trump might proceed.
Marc Rotterman worked on the national campaign for Reagan for President in 1980. After the campaign, Rotterman was asked to join the Reagan transition team. In 1981, Rotterman was there during one of defining moments of Reagan’s presidency, the air traffic controllers strike. Rotterman currently serves as senior fellow at the John Locke Foundation. For more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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