“Read my lips: No new taxes.” — Vice President George H.W. Bush to the 1988 Republican National Convention in New Orleans

One year later, George Herbert Walker Bush raised taxes. He lost his base.

One of the truisms of American politics is your enemies will never change. They will always be there for you.

The other is your friends can change. By the time 1992 rolled around, the tax-raising 41st President had very few friends. What the heck happened to “Read My Lips”?

Translated: The first order of political business is the caring, cuddling and nurturing of your electoral base, particularly one that is always high propensity on election day.

There is next-to-zero chance that President Donald Trump will win the popular vote on November 3. Four years ago, he lost California’s 55 electoral votes 2-to-1 (62.5 percent to 31.5 percent) by 4.27 million votes. His popular vote deficit nationwide was only 2.9 million, when you factor in the Golden State shallacking.

Has one-party California become even bluer (if that is even possible) in the last three-plus years? Considering that Senator Bernie Sanders won the state’s primary, Almost DailyBrett will take the “over.”

Donald Trump’s number of enemies in California is growing to this date. The Golden State is hopeless in so many ways, except it can be a great source of fundraising. Joe Biden will win 55 electoral votes in his sleep.

Our troubled America will remain divided until another charismatic game-changing leader arrives (i.e., FDR, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Reagan). There are devoted friends and energized enemies of Donald Trump. One truism is apparent heading into the last 60 days: Trump’s friends are his friends.

The has-been RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) trotted out by the Democratic National Committee (i.e., John Kasich, Susan Molinari, Meg Whitman and Christine Todd Whitman) have zero impact on the high-propensity-to-vote Republican base.

As Chairman Mao exhorted the first item of business is to secure your reliable guerrilla base. During the just completed Republican National Convention, Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other speakers focused on base demographics (e.g., males) and psychographics (e.g., lower-middle income). He also used the GOP convention to chip into Joe Biden’s base (e.g., Hispanic hombres, African-American males and union members).

Exploiting A Political Mistake

“This mob is their voters. This is the new Democrat party, and if we don’t resist this, the United States is going to become Portland.” — Senator Rand Paul

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is confronted by demonstrators during a protest in Washington, U.S. early August 28, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Sometimes what you don’t say speaks volumes.

Former Vice President Joe Biden did not utter one word during his Democratic Nomination acceptance speech August 20 about widespread anarchy, looting, rioting, violence and mob rule.

Big mistake. He left the door wide open for Donald Trump to exploit a juicy political opportunity.

Almost DailyBrett believes it would have been so easy to add language about the prospect of a Covid-19 vaccine, and more importantly about burning cities onto Joe Biden’s teleprompter. The first was a minor mistake, the second was a whopper.

Has anarchy, looting, rioting and violence become the wedge issue of 2020?

Some were rooting for Covid-19 to be the political turning point for November 3. Not so fast. The private sector is moving forward with $5 immediate testing (e.g., Abbott Labs) and better yet Corona Virus vaccines (i.e., AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson).

The unruly mobs (similar to the one that attacked Senator Paul on Thursday night in DC) have victimized Portland for every night since … May 25. The questions are way beyond how and why it started, to how did it metastasize so quickly and more importantly: how will it ever come to an end?

Even publicly funded NPR got into the act reporting Portland Police leaders were “racist” every time they declare the night-after-night violence in the streets as a riot. Should we debate whether Oregon, which banned slavery, is really a racist state? Let’s see how else we can keep the debate going about charred buildings?

The fires are burning across the fruited plain including Kenosha, Wisconsin. If it can happen in Kenosha, where else can the riots and violence spread? Do you think Joe Biden needs Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes in his column? Ask Hillary. Does nightly anarchy and violence help or hurt Joe Biden in the Dairy State or anywhere else for that matter?

Senator Paul is saying the Democrats own the violence, the very same anarchy playing itself out every night on television news and social media. Their answers are to reign in the police and defund their budgets. Does the Silent Majority agree?

Almost DailyBrett rarely makes ex-cathedra statements, but will do so now: It will be far easier to combat and end Covid-19 than it will be to extinguish the hate, fire and brimstone on our streets.

If Americans are treated to rising Covid-19 stats each night on broadcast or digital video, the advantage goes to Joe Biden.

If Americans continue to be shocked and horrified by images of unrestrained mob violence, anarchy, looting, rioting and “peaceful protests,” the Mother of All Wedge Issues benefits the re-election of Donald Trump.