Rare is the day that we don’t see a new poll from CNN or The New York Times telling us that Joe Biden is up 10, 20, 99, or 1,000 points in the race for the presidency. Even rarer is the day that we don’t see some pundit in some mainstream outlet explaining how a combination of the coronavirus, police racism, and the economy will spell doom for Trump’s re-election chances. In many ways, it’s beginning to feel like a direct repeat of 2016, when everyone and their dog was convinced that Hillary Clinton would become the 45th President of the United States.
And maybe that’s why Republican Party chairs in all 50 states are looking at the endless onslaught of gloomy predictions, shrugging them off, and staying optimistic that Trump will not only defeat Biden in November…but will do so in a decisive, blowout fashion. In interviews with Politico this week, these chairs said that everything they’ve seen points to a Trump win.
“The more bad things happen in the country, it just solidifies support for Trump,” said Phillip Stephens, a Republican chairman from Robeson County, N.C. “We’re calling him ‘Teflon Trump.’ Nothing’s going to stick, because if anything, it’s getting more exciting than it was in 2016. We’re thinking landslide.”
Wisconsin GOP Chairman Andrew Hitt said that while March and April brought some troubling internal polls, the tide is quickly turning.
“Things are coming right back where we want them,” Hitt said. “That focus on the economy and on re-opening and bringing America back is resonating with people.”
In Ohio, Jane Timken, the state party chair, said she sees no evidence of support for Trump slipping. Jennifer Carnahan, the chairwoman of the Minnesota Republican Party, said the same. And Lawrence Tabas, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, went so far as to predict that Trump would not only carry his state, but beat Biden by more than 100,000 votes — more than twice the margin he mustered in 2016.
“Contrary to what may be portrayed in the media, there’s still a high level of support out there,” said Kyle Hupfer, chairman of the Indiana Republican Party. He described himself as “way more” optimistic than he was at this point in 2016.
“The narrative from the Beltway is not accurate,” said Joe Bush, chairman of the Republican Party in Muskegon County, Mich., which Trump lost narrowly in 2016. “Here in the heartland, everybody is still very confident, more than ever.”
This is all so reminiscent of 2016 that we’d be surprised if Democrats aren’t beginning to chew their nails down to the quick. The enthusiasm, the momentum, and the loyalty is behind President Trump. When’s the last time you saw anyone flying a Biden 2020 flag outside of their house? Compound that with the racial unrest in the air right now and the Democratic Party’s idiotic ideas (defund the police) about how to move past it, and you’ve got a recipe for re-election.