In the early adrenaline of the GOP primary, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas (A, 97%) was often asked how he planned to be a formidable candidate given the lack broad-based support for his strong brand of conservatism. Unlike almost every other candidate who saw that question as a chance to flee to the middle and pledge cross-partisan appeal, Cruz insisted that the broad base did exist. That it has been out there all along, waiting for a reason to stand up and fight back.
The Establishment — and of course, the spectrum of data, polling and census experts — said it couldn’t be done. This voting bloc simply was not alive and well in America. Don’t remember?
Here’s the argument from Five Thirty Eight. And here from National Review, Cook Political Report, The New York Times, and Time Magazine. The list goes on.
The consensus was that we’d best follow the 2012 autopsy report, shining a light on softer policies, accepting amnesty as the national norm, and figuring out ways to moderate one’s principles.
Last night, Donald Trump proved that the disenfranchised base has been there all along. Ted Cruz was right. We can, of course, debate the reasons why these Americans turned out — whether in support of Trump’s agenda or to oppose Hillary’s and its aura of corruption. But what has been demonstrated, by raw math and the red-blotted map on all of our TV screens last night, is that a majority of this country has been open to a Republican leader.
A broad Republican base not only exists, it has been waiting to explode. The “silent majority” was never a myth; it was merely shouted down by a class of aristocrats who thought the country was theirs to shape. The voiceless have proven that they can still speak, if our representatives are willing to listen.
If this doesn’t change the way Republicans think about elections, I don’t know what will.
So where are we now?
The Grand Old Party has everything it needs. They asked for the House in 2010, so that then they could make a difference. We delivered it. They asked for the Senate in 2014, because then the fighting could begin. We delivered it. In 2016, they asked for the White House. Here they are.
For the first time since 2005, our party has the House, the Senate and the presidency all at once. It’s time to find out what they are made of.
Barack Obama had eight years, six of them with an opposition Congress, and he remade America. What will Republicans do with their chance? (For more from the author of “Ted Cruz Foresaw GOP Ability to Win” please click HERE)