The tepid conclusion to the Democratic National Convention with the coronation of Hillary Rotten Clinton on Thursday night demonstrated that our favorite crooked matriarch is beyond saving in the general election. This week they pulled out all the stops: Michelle Obama drudging up slavery again in a booming endorsement speech which disturbingly echoed that of her husband in 2004. Bernie Sanders bending a knee to kiss the ring in order to secure the last #Bernieorbust holdouts susceptible to conversion. Former President and sexual predator Bill Clinton attempting to humanize the most advanced piece of hardware out of Texas Instruments he calls a wife in that lovable "aw shucks" manner that makes most people forget that he raped people. Crazy uncle Joe Biden yelling phony Irish nonsense for effect. And then the grand finale, 2008 Barack Obama making a rare appearance to appeal to all the principles which he diametrically opposed while actually governing for 8 years.
Woven throughout these heavy hitters were sports stars, actors, singers, Senators, an illegal immigrant, and moms of criminals all pledging allegiance to the Democratic machine on the grandest stage of them all before thousands of cheering zealots. The press coverage was kind due to "the Hillary standard," and unlike the Republican Convention, the Democratic establishment was actively trying to help their nominee. The production value of the DNC was greater than the RNC and it got more views too! Surely this Democrat jamboree-palooza spectacular should be the political equivalent of a nuclear bomb, strategically placed in the heart of a precariously placed swing state. This week of stars and speeches and money and power should blow that tremendous blonde mop right off Donnie's big beautiful head! Right?
If the Democrat nominee was any living human person other than Hillary Clinton this would be true. But after three successive nights of oratorical powerhouses, the much anticipated acceptance speech by the queen HRC herself proved to be the biggest non-climax since the end of the Cold War. While the collusive left-wing lamestream media derided Donald Trump's "dark" and "fearmongering" acceptance speech, Americans that have been living the reality of Obama's America for eight years heard an acknowledgement of the true state of the union that before was uttered only on Fox News. The power of Trump's acceptance speech was in the content, notably because the speech had content. The whole speech was content. There could not have been a sharper contrast in the sweeping, flowery rhetoric heard at the DNC which could barely drown out the chants of angry dissenters. The combined speeches of two Presidents, a Vice President, a first lady, and Hillary Clinton offered little more than about fifteen liberal platitudes left over from 2012 and about a dozen toothless zingers aimed at Trump.
Do any Republicans or Independents buy what the Democrats were selling? That the country would be better off with more of the same incompetence of the last eight years? Not one of those speakers convincingly made that case. In fact, the DNC might have driven down Hillary's numbers with the Stalinist suppression of Bernie holdouts both in and around the convention center. Neither party can win a national election without some of the other and most of the middle. With the climax of this self indulgent remake of DNC '08 and '12 featuring an old, white, corrupt hag poorly delivering a badly written speech, it is hard to imagine how Democrat money and clout can save a fundamentally bad candidate. This is hard to imagine because it will not happen.
The media has convinced itself that Donald Trump is the long shot, that there is no way an outsider can succeed in their insider game. But all of the excitement in this race is in the Trump camp. When that unmistakable silhouette sauntered onto the RNC stage to "We are the Champions" in a cloud of fog to introduce his supermodel wife; it worked for him. Many establishment types (the haters) of course found this to be ostentatious and absurd - but a lot of people didn't - and that means a lot.
It is very easy to underestimate the power of enthusiasm; but compare Obama's margin of victory in 2012 to 2008. When Obama had the whole "hope and change" charade going and Chris Matthews was getting thrills up his leg, he could count on his people to get off the couch and cast their vote. Will that constituency turn out for corrupt lame-o Hillary Clinton? There is a culture on the internet that refers to Donald Trump as "the Emperor-God of Mankind." As a millennial, I can say with some authority that Donald Trump may be the most ubiquitous internet meme of all time. The record amount of Republicans that turned out for him in the primaries in a 17 man race will turn out loyally in November. Are there a whole lot of Democrats jumping out of their seat to vote for Hillary in November?
Consider the importance of messaging as well. There was no ambiguity at the RNC as to what the party of Trump is all about: Make America safe/work/first/one/great again. Ask any Trump voter from Oregon to Texas and they're voting for Trump to make America great again. This is a clean, elegant, concise phrase that achieves versatility through its strong appeal to a universal sense of patriotism. The Trump brand is the America brand. And what about ol' crooked Hillary? What was the theme of DNC 2016? The only consistent message I could discern from that four day word stew was "Donald Trump is a racist, I'm not Donald Trump." If this becomes the dominant narrative of the Hillary campaign, as it is shaping up to be, she will have a much harder time winning on a platform that is wholly dependent on framing the public's perception of Trump. The media has not figured out how to do this in the 13 months since he launched his campaign.
The failure of the DNC is symptomatic of the intrinsic flaw of the Hillary campaign. She must defend the status quo. This has meant a status quo DNC. A candidate from eight years ago wheeled out the same tired rhetoric of eight years ago to win over an electorate that created Donald Trump to reject the legacy of the last eight years. Half of her own party voted to reject the last eight years with the breakout success of insurgent Bernie Sanders. If she could barely put down a revolt in her own party led by a 70 year old Jewish socialist from Vermont even with hundreds of millions of dollars, name recognition, the support of a sitting President, and a party system actually rigged to nominate her, how does anybody expect her to stop the most remarkable political phenomenon in American history?
All the President's men cannot resurrect the political zombie which should have been laid to rest in 2008. This election year will be the year of judgement. The media has controlled the discussion for decades and the Democratic political machine has gone unchallenged by an impotent Republican establishment. After six years of betrayal, the American people have found their voice in Donald Trump, the instrument of righteous popular retribution against a downright evil political class. And this year, at long last, Hillary Clinton's time has come; and she is beyond salvation.