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Conservatism Did Not Lose

Yes, President Trump lost the election.  That is not to say that there was not the traditional level of vote fraud and election mischief – perhaps even more than normal.  That is not to say that ill-advised reforms did not legalize or authorize the counting of questionable and hitherto illegitimate votes – or create opportunities for the kind of vote stealing that is difficult to identify, prosecute or remedy.  Those are all issues that need to be addressed by Congress and state legislatures in the future.

However, based on my 50-plus years of fighting against election fraud in the precincts, in the courts and in the legislatures, I feel convinced – and have been for some weeks – that there was not sufficient PROVABLE vote fraud to overturn the election.  I was dubious that even one state could have been flipped from the election night projections – much less three or four.

It would be a mistake, however, if we walked away from this election believing the left’s false narrative that there is no such thing as vote fraud – ignoring what the Trump recounts and investigations did establish.  Vote manipulation is a constant in our election.  It is embedded in the very nature of our electoral DNA.  While we cannot eliminate it, we must always recognize it and fight against it.

In 2016, Trump lost the popular vote, but carried the Electoral College.  This time he prevailed in neither.

Trump made his presidency a very personal self-centered enterprise.  Readers of my commentaries well know that I never liked the guy personally.  I often wrote against his pugnacious and mendacious personality – a man, I saw, as the barroom brawler for whom fighting was at least as important as winning.

The success of the Republican Party and the more conservative issues in the down ballot races confirm that Trump’s loss was his and his alone.  As a policy guy, I stuck with Trump in 2016 and 2020 — first in the hope that he would keep his conservative campaign promises and more recently because he did.

If you look at his accomplishments – something the left-leaning media maliciously refused to do – you would find a rather good track record for conservative principles and values. That is what me and many of my conservative friends voted for – even as we shook our heads, winced and moaned at the manifestations of Trump’s god-awful personality.

Trump’s braggadocious personality, his belligerence against people for even the mildest of disagreements, and above all, his willingness to destroy his own credibility is what defeated him.  It was not even the unprecedently biased media alone – although they were terrible.  They could not have brought him down no matter how dishonest they have been without Trump, himself, providing ample ammunition for their propaganda narratives.

It was not a shift to the left by the American people that defeated Trump.  Many of his policies remained quite popular despite the unrelenting attracts from the left.  It was not a big loss of minority support – as predicted by the left.  In fact, Trump did better among minorities than past Republican candidates.

His loss of the presidency was based on the same issue that had him losing the popular vote in 2016 – a year that by all measures should have been a Republican landslide.  It was the Trump personality.

I have often noted that elections are decided upon that which the voters decide to decide.  This time a slim majority voted more on his personality than his policies. And in such closely divided times, a narrow victory can produce major shift – as it now has.

In many ways, it is remarkable that the election was as close as it was – not the blue tsunami predicted by the left.  Biden enters office with no mandate from the people despite his claim.  Half the nation rejected Biden and the left.  That is noteworthy.  In 2016, Democrats could not beat one of the least liked candidates in American history.  In 2020, they only barely beat one of the least liked presidents in American history.   It was the policies that won over so many voters – and the personality that repelled so many others.

While I am happy for the conservative programs that the Trump administration pursued, I am mindful of the fact that many of them will be reversed as the incoming Biden administration takes this nation down the path on the left.

Obviously, my feelings about Trump are mixed.  I am thankful for the policies he pursued as President – and especially those three Supreme Court appointments.  But I am – to use the vernacular – pissed off at him for being such a jerk.  He has taken away much of what he gave conservatives by blowing this election with his pugnacious – and too often irrational – behavior.

Oddly, Trump could have been what he seemed to long to be – a very successful AND popular President.  He could have been spending his time today preparing for his second term.  Why he carried on like he did for these past four years will be the subject for historians.

I am buoyed by the Republican (conservative) gains across the nation in the 2020 election.  I am hopeful that Republicans will retain control of the Senate to serve as a bulwark against the more radical left-wing policies – hold the fort, so to speak, until the 2022 and 2024 election when the will of the people will not be warped by one man’s personality flaws.

If you think that sounds like I believe that Trump will not be the Republican candidate in 2024, you are probably right.  Much can change between now and then, but my bet is “no” at this point.

It should be understood that one candidate lost his election – not the Republican party or conservative issues.   It was Donald Trump, himself.  The bad Trump trumped the good Trump.  It is as simple as that.

So, there ‘tis.

Larry Horist
So, there ‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.
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6 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, he was abrasive but he kept his promises and he really did help America and her citizens. I just cannot believe so many people disliked someone enough to vote for a weak senile old man who is just planning to continue fundamentally changing the country as he and Obama. His claims of fighting for unity and the soul of the country – laughable. The Obama/Biden administration was rife with scandal and racism. Eight years was enough, more than enough. I really do not think this country can survive four more years of the same.

  2. I read most of your article,and thought it was way out of line.I as most conservitives think he’s a great President and loves this great nation and we the people. I still pray they will get this election overturned as it was so fraudulent. If Biden and that bunch get control we will not have our United States.

  3. I only read the first sentence. and then skipped to comments.

    Trump did not lose. If it ends up Biden, then the election was stolen. BUT the game is far from over.

  4. Shelly, you got it. I voted for Trump both times — and would again. And yes, he did a lot a great things for America. But his pugnacious personality made him unpopular to too many people. While there has been a lot of vote fraud, I doubt it will change the outcome. Unfortunately, vote fraud works. I have spent a lifetime fighting against Democrat vote fraud — but they still win. It is a difficult crime to prove in court … and most courts will dismiss the cases because the judges are part of the political machines. I would love to be wrong, but I do not see this election being overturned by legislatures or the Supreme Court.

  5. So all that even handedness and my BS meter still goes off. The long and short of corruption in voting isn’t one or two factors, it’s the multitude of things all going in one direction – against Trump. I’m glad you sleep well in your SME pajamas, but you have missed the forest for the trees.

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