There are many elements to it, with general popularity not ever being one of them. In fact, popularity was the biggest blind spot of the left, completely disregarding time, context, and circumstance.
Trump was extremely unpopular and he understood that and simply integrated it strategically and tactically. In fact, this is how unpopular:
I had a million to pick from, but that one just kilz me, the background muzic and all. The MSNBC pics and videos of Rachel Maddow having a meltdown on election night is also classic.
For a good laugh the other way, this guy:
Alright. The rioting last evening only demonstrates more clearly that this Trump inoculation came none too soon.
We are literally dealing with the infant class, now. Crybabies, purveyors of the temper tantrum. They had pathetic, incompetent leftists for mothers and fathers and either the grandparents were AWOL, or it’s just more legacy of unearned elitism. This is leftism. It is not liberalism. This is both a distinction and conflation I am still forever disappointed to never see in the former, and always see in the latter.
It signals to me that too many out there still don’t quite grasp very important aspects of this.
Thomas Jefferson was a great classical liberal.
…Trump understood that winning it on pure popularity would be an impossible deal for him to make. Negatives way too high, and this is what so many focussed in on, disregarding large swaths of time, context, and circumstance. In this respect, he was fortunate to be running against someone with high negatives as well.
This is where he outmaneuvered her. Hillary has to be popular. Trump’s narcissism is nothing compared to Hillary’s. Trump didn’t care about overall popularity and his behavior clearly demonstrated and proved that.
What The Donald had to do was deliver the right message to the right folks in the right places; and in so doing, he showed Republicans how to win again—something they thought impossible (Rush has some insights on this). He got Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to flip, while generally holding everything Romney got (which can be chalked up to Republican push comes to shove stuff).
He had to hold Florida.
In other words, he got rust-belt whites who either didn’t bother, or who voted primarily for Obama, and have voted Democrat for decades.
This is why Michael Moore—of all people—mapped this out a good while ago. That’s his home turf stuff; and what he said could happen, did happen.
If Donald Trump makes good on his promise to shine up the rust in those midwestern industrial states, this will constitute an electoral demographic shift of staggering proportions. Those folks used to be the crown jewel of the entire industrial world, and they are righty proud of it—though now regarded as racist, misogynist, xenophobic ignorants even though they voted Obama and have been voting Democrat for decades, only to get stiffed, every time.
Contrast Trump’s winning “Rust Belt” strategy, with that of the stock Republican loser “Bible Belt” strategy of fucking forever. It’s fucking epic. And look, if you look closely, there are plenty of shared values between the rust laden and the divinely privileged.
Where the rusties went wrong way back is that they bought into the Democrat scam that collective bargaining would give them better outcomes than dealing on their own skills, competence, and results. Enter leftist destruction by labor union. But again, we deal with a failure of distinction, combined with conflation. There is nothing wrong with an association of employees in order to have a more shit-together message to management and owners. In terms of conflation, unlike Democrats would always have you believe, there is no essential conflict of interest between an honest owner-manager and an honest workforce.
So now, private sector labor unions are a mere shadow of their former selves. They are less influential than they were 100 years ago. So Trump saw an opening. How many in the rust belt are true fans, now, of strong organized labor that has only proven to make owners just give up and look to China, Mexico and elsewhere, for labor?
Trump has an enormous uphill battle, because he’s talking about trying to out-compete low-income, low-benefit labor (yea, I know: trade tariffs, but perhaps it can be more elegant). But, also, less skilled. It could get interesting and he’s really the only President in the history of America who has on-the-ground experience in these issues to the extent he has, of the tradeoff in labor between skill and less, highly compensated and cheap. Could be interesting.
OK, I guess I’ve rambled on enough….
Except that…Those crying about the electoral college are simply Fucktards. We’re a Republic, not a pure democracy (note: Senate; Congress). If you want California and New York to elect all future presidents and say Fuck You to the majority of the landmass of this country, then just keep being stupid. The Electoral College is the only thing that gave the forgotten, great-legacy rust-belt a voice, finally, thanks to Donald J. Trump.
It’s their time, this time. Let’s see what they can make of it.