The theme of this gubernatorial election should be: “Tough times require tough men.”
Less than a year ago, we witnessed “the common man election”, as Donald J. Trump convinced voters that he was the “onion-toter” candidate who not only had the spiritual testosterone to match the perilous times we live in, but also the willingness to unleash it on the Democrats without apology.
While Trump brought blunt toughness; the Bush, Kasich, and Rubio types brought money, endorsements, governmental experience, resumes, and glibness — or so they thought. What the common man saw was a guy toting a set of onions against a bunch of establishmentarians who were toting a set of blueberries. While the intelligentsia will fume at such metaphors, the “everyman,” and more importantly, the “every woman” will get it. Among Trump’s sixteen opponents, the only exception to the overly cautious “Low-Fat Republican” persona was Ted Cruz. But, while Cruz did much better than the blueberry tart gang, even Cruz was deemed by the common man voters to be too nice and too policy-oriented to be sent off to an alley fight with the Clintons, the Democrats, and the Media. That was a year ago.
Just seven months ago we saw the “onion-toting” Trump dismantle the Clinton/Democrat/Media machine, without apology and without reservation. Trump also declared to the establishment of both parties his intention to “drain the political swamp”. How many of the “blueberry tart gang” would have been able to do the same?