It should be clear to everyone with a brain by now that any Republican presidential candidate will not be treated fairly by the mainstream media (MSM). It should be even clearer that Hillary Clinton, who announced her bid for the presidency back in April of 2015, will be and has been given a pass by the MSM. The MSM will fabricate stories of her successes and come up with excuses for her obvious failures, making them look like successes. This will undoubtedly work for those on the left who buy into every Democratic lie hook, line and sinker. What’s appalling is that these people, many of them anyway, are legally allowed to vote. Some of them not legally allowed to vote will end up voting illegally. This is a problem.
It’s almost impossible these days for Republicans to effectively get their messages across because those in the liberal left establishment are the gatekeepers of most of the media. They are able to fool an unsuspecting public into believing just about anything they tell them, because if it’s coming from the perceived “trusted” media it must be true, they rationalize. With this kind of control and indoctrination it’s no wonder that the Obama’s, Clinton’s, Reid’s, Pelosi’s and others unqualified are elected to high offices. The MSM has been telling us for years that these people, all Democrats by the way, are wonderful.
They also sell the public a bundle of goods when they push moderate and liberal Republican candidates on us during the primary seasons. Candidates like Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL), not conservative by any stretch of the imagination, are the media’s darlings because they have nary a chance at winning against a Democratic candidate.
It’s also problematic, however, when conservatives refuse to vote for anyone who is not conservative. Mitt Romney, for instance, is not exactly conservative. He signed in Romneycare, the precursor to Obamacare, in Massachusetts while he was the governor of that state. Some conservatives didn’t like him and refused to vote for him. That’s partly how Obama was re-elected – that and massive voter fraud on the part of Democrats.
Although Romney wasn’t the conservative choice for the Republican ticket, he was by far more qualified than Obama, and conservatives should have voted for him. Big deal he wasn’t conservative. It didn’t matter in the 2012 election cycle. What mattered was that we get Obama out and get our country back to where it needed to be economically.
Romney probably would have been a great president and helped solve some of the problems we face today under Obama. Did he run a perfect campaign? No. Did Obama? Of course not, but he didn’t have to. He had the support of low information voters, in addition to illegal voters. Romney, however, got in trouble for telling the truth, that Obama has the votes of 47% of the entitlement and welfare class. While that was true, the MSM covered the quote as if it was slander. Reasonable and rational people know it was not slander. Unfortunately, the truth hurts.
Another problem Romney had happened during the 2012 presidential debates. He solidly won each debate against Obama, but he lost to the moderators. While he said he would have a backbone when it came to Vladimir Putin, he didn’t have much of a backbone when it came to putting then CNN host and debate moderator Candy Crowley in her place when she openly and dishonestly advocated for Obama, defending his claim that he had called the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi “an act of terror” when in fact he had not. Romney should have taken the next available opportunity to press the issue and expose the lie Obama told. Further, he should have hammered him for skipping off to Las Vegas a day after the attack to attend a campaign fundraiser in the midst of a national crisis.
Contrast that debate scenario with the one candidate Donald Trump handled against FOX News host and wannabe debate moderator Megyn Kelly in the first 2016 Republican presidential primary debate. Pressed for an answer to a “gotcha” question on his supposed misogyny, Trump let her and the media have it. It was fantastic to watch. Finally a candidate who is not worried about media blowback. It’s really quite refreshing. It reminded me a lot of how former House Speaker and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich so eloquently put CNN host and debate moderator John King in his place when he decided to start the debate with a deliberately hurtful question about Gingrich’s ex-wife.
If Republicans want to win in 2016, they have to fight back. As difficult a task as it is, they must fight against a highly slanted, totally biased and leftist MSM, whether it is on Sunday morning political talk shows, on liberal networks like CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC and ABC, or even during a presidential debate. They must also reject the establishment GOP, the elitists who run the RNC, those who think they get to select the Republican candidate, and the political pundits like Karl Rove and Charles Krauthammer. They are not the ones who know best. And finally, the Republican candidate must be willing to unapologetically express what everyone is thinking but too timid to say. In other words, take a page out of Donald Trump’s and Newt Gingrich’s playbook.