In the lore of the National Football League, league officials have joked for years that the Washington Redskins are the best preseason team around. Each year, they win the phantom Super Bowl played in August.
Problem is, the real Super Bowl is played in January and every year come the end of the regular season, the Redskins are also-rans, vowing to win the August Super Bowl again.
The NFL Network is now promoting a segment, “Redskins Rebuild.” Natch. Year in, year out, the Redskins’ hype is all-pro, but their performance is all hot air. It gets tiresome.
Same is true with the Democrats. Each election, they pledge to win it all, but in many years they left it in the locker room. Right on schedule, they are again predicting a “blue wave” this November with the same fervor and confidence they predicted “President Hillary Clinton” in 2016.
We’ve heard this all before. Remember President Carter’s stunning re-election campaign in 1980, beating that silly old former Hollywood actor?
How about President Michael Dukakis (pictured above left) from 1988?
Remember President Al Gore (pictured above center) from 2000?
President John Kerry (pictured above right) from 2004?
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And let’s not forget President Barack Obama’s much ballyhooed legacy. You don’t? Neither does anyone else.
Of course, it is mildly curious to watch the warblers of Washington, the Sunday morning mandarins, and the “House League Republicans” — who will say anything to get a trophy — Republican consultants, who have gotten rich losing campaign after campaign.
They were left behind by the Trump Express. They still can’t fathom how anyone can win without their pearls of wisdom.
Or worse, the worshipers at the altar of Sunday shows never worked on a campaign, never spent a moment in the arena; they’re simply carping critics on the sidelines. Who takes them seriously? Seriously?
It’s a great country, isn’t it? You can lose campaign after campaign, but still make lots of money and, as a bonus, the insiders still seek your opinion, as long as you predict terrible things for Donald Trump and the GOP that enriched these con men.
Funnily enough, the predictions of the imminent demise of the Republican Party come from liberals on low-rated TV shows, from the few who still watch the Academy Awards, from failing liberal newspapers, from failing liberal websites. They aren’t coming from talk radio because liberals already failed there.
Conservative orthodoxy dominates most of the country and all of the national government because federalism, protecting the power of the individual, makes sense. Conservatives believe the acquisition of things — knowledge, money, family security — is good. And they don’t feel guilty about it.
“Funnily enough, the predictions of the imminent demise of the Republican Party come from liberals on low-rated TV shows.”
Whereas American liberalism is not a winning ideology. It sounds harsh but most facts are cruel. As a losing ideology, it naturally attracts losing candidates. To most Americans, giving up their private and personal power so someone in Washington, D.C., can do things for you just doesn’t make sense — unless, of course, you crave taking away other people’s freedoms or simply want to deny them their rights and privacy.
The Democrats may gain House seats this fall, and they may even regain control of Congress. But we’ve seen wild predictions about the coming liberal dominance before. They better hope their oft-predicted blue wave isn’t just another wet dream.
Craig Shirley is a New York Times best-selling author and presidential historian. He has written four books on President Ronald Reagan, along with his latest book, “Citizen Newt: The Making of a Reagan Conservative,” about the early career of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. He lectures frequently at the Reagan Library and is the Visiting Reagan Scholar at Eureka College in Illinois, the 40th president’s alma mater. He also wrote the critically acclaimed “December 1941.”
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