WASHINGTON–(Political Storm) In my early days on Capitol Hill between 1999 and about 2004, if you saw a network television news crew you treated it with reverence.
They were the kings of the news business and the three network newscasts were so important that the internal United States Senate cable system devoted part of a tv channel to the replay of the three newscasts.
That all changed in 2004 with 60 Minutes deciding to publish what were supposed to be earth-shattering revelations about George W. Bush’s National Guard Service. The producer Mary Mapes claimed that they were from the 1960’s but instead they were done on modern word processing equipment. The Internet and the blogosphere came to power shortly thereafter and totally destroyed the power of the mainstream media or “MSM.” Historians will, of course, look back on that as a watershed moment.
Fast forward to last weekend. David Farenthold’s article in the Washington Post about Donald Trump’s hot mic “locker room talk,” as he went on to describe it during Sunday’s second presidential debate. Trump managed to sweep it under the rug in the first few minutes of the debate, but not without numerous Republican establishment figures saying they could no longer campaign with him.
For all the effort that they expended, looking at the results of the Luntz focus group on the Fox News channel of Missouri voters in which 8 leaned Hillary and 9 leaned towards Trump. Hillary actually LOST support going down to 4 while Trump doubled his support to 18 voters in the panel.
And almost a week later, even the Republicans who had deserted him are now back in the fold from the October 12 edition of the New York times. “Stung by a fierce backlash from Donald J. Trump’s ardent supporters, four Republican members of Congress who had made headlines for demanding that Mr. Trump leave the presidential race retreated quietly this week, conceding that they would still probably vote for the man they had excoriated just days before.”
So, what does all of this mean? After Wednesday’s White House Briefing, I asked a colleague of mine, who was the staff writer for a major Capitol Hill newspaper, about the meaning of the briefing. He told me the headline was “the president thinks the race is over.” Of course, the American Left and the Hillary Campaign would like to say that but that may not be the case.
All of the posturing with the Access Hollywood tape and the attack on Donald Trump last weekend are the last gasp of an establishment that is about to go out of power. Perhaps Mike Huckabee said it best on Fox News last week:
““Let me tell you something,” Huckabee said. “Here’s a little secret, Megyn, a lot of these bed-wetting, hand-wringing Republicans, they’re not afraid Donald Trump is going to lose. They’re scared to death he’s going to win. And if he wins he is going to mess up the neat little package of fun they have because they all play to the donor class and Donald Trump is coming to make big changes in the way that these institutions go.”
With the 2016 election season, one must keep in mind the words of Yogi Berra, who once said “it ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” It is certainly not over. Berra would also note that we are not past the World Series, when people begin to make up their minds in the presidential race. Despite the polls, don’t be surprised if, at the end of the day, both Dan Rather and David Farenthold are going to go down in history as being unable to stop the Republican presidential nominee.
Randy Foreman, a Political Storm contributor, has been writing about the White House for NewsBlaze.com since November 2014 and he can usually be found Monday–Friday at the Daily Press Briefing in the West Wing. The Waterloo, Iowa, native has worked on the Hill, been an Airborne Traffic Reporter, and sold cars.