Buckle up.

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump greets supporters after he speaks at a Super Tuesday election night party, Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Paul GleiserBuckle up.

I recently returned from a broadcasters conference in Washington, D.C.

At a Tuesday session, we listened to a pair of political pros – one Democrat and one Republican – brief us on the state of the presidential race. They told it straight. No party spin. No talking points. Just a candid assessment of where things stand.

The Dem was honest about Biden’s vulnerabilities. The Republican was equally candid about Donald Trump.

They agree that 2024 is going to be a Trump-Biden rematch.

The impression the Dem gave was one of accepting – without directly coming out and saying so – that the odds now favor Trump. The Republican cautioned to never underestimate the unique Republican capacity for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

One of them – and I honestly now can’t remember which – said something important. He said that we’ve never had full acceptance of the results of 2016. That fact colored what was already going to be a contentious, COVID-colored 2020 election.

Buckle up, then, for 2024.

I recall saying to my wife a week or so following the 2016 election that the Dems – gobsmacked by Trump’s unthinkable victory – would need a little time to have their freakout before eventually getting over it.

Boy, was I wrong.

In addition to members of Congress promising impeachment even before he was inaugurated, in addition to demonstrations by women wearing headgear intended to represent more southerly anatomy, in addition to celebrities holding up beheaded effigies of Donald Trump, official Washington – aided and abetted by the Hillary Clinton campaign – spun up the “Russian collusion” yarn to explain Hillary’s otherwise (to them) inexplicable loss.

The three-year Mueller probe – intended to delegitimize Trump’s presidency – followed. The FBI, the Department of Justice, top Dems and top members of the corporate media all knew the Russian collusion story was a crock. It didn’t stop them.

As to 2024, any doubt as to Trump becoming the GOP nominee was laid to rest on Super Tuesday. Doubts as to his likelihood of returning to the White House diminish in direct proportion to Joe Biden’s cratering poll numbers.

The Real Clear Politics average of polls has Trump leading by a factor greater than the margin of error in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Nevada — four of the six battleground states. If you’re betting the grocery money, put it on Trump.

And if you thought the lefty meltdown was over the top in 2016, just wait. If Trump wins, this hissy fit will be several orders of magnitude worse. The Left will stop at nothing to cripple a second Trump administration. Nothing will be out of bounds.

2016 is going to seem like a church social.

And be clear about this. Though the incandescent reaction by the Left will be targeted full force upon Donald Trump, he’s not really the target.

The real target is you – for being so manifestly stupid; for showing such blatant disrespect for your social and intellectual betters; and for having the temerity to vote for the candidate of your own free choosing.

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Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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13 Responses

  1. Dave Clark says:

    This analysis is a bit wide of the mark. I want nothing of either candidate, and I am among many who are disgusted that the American people can’t proffer better options.

    • Buddy Saunders says:

      How, pray tell, is Paul’s analysis “a bit wide of the mark”? From my perspective, the perspective of a conservative, I see Donald Trump as a pretty darn good presidential candidate. My concern is further in the future–where will we get another Donald Trump once he finishes his second term? Trump delivered on his promises and during his first term the country prospered and stayed out of wars. Biden by contrast is an incompetent, a man stuffing his pockets with money he did not earn. Not everyone sees matters as I do and so we settle the issue by voting in elections, hoping against hope that the next election will be honest.

  2. Ben says:

    I listened to a podcast with RFK Jr, he seemed very moderate; a very interesting interview.

  3. Darrell Durham says:

    Trump has begun to take on the more presidential, unifying tone some have wished for lately, interspersed with jabs at the establishment (NATO, the UN, D.C.) which are mostly twisted around against him, and fewer personal attacks. He must continue, and let Biden keep defending himself. Yes, we are in for a fight. I feel Trump is able to convince more and more people he is on our side. There are millions looking for a leader. Who doesn’t want to make America great again?!

  4. C M Solomon says:

    Paul, your being an astute media follower of the Left and their goals for the Nation, could you please list Trump’s goals that terrifies the Left so much so that they are willing to turn the Nation upside down to exercise their extreme hatred for Trump such that he could not carry out the desires of those who would elect him President, if that were to occur? Does the Left really understand what his policies are, or have they been “brainwashed” to believe that he is another Hitler in disguise that will destroy the American Republic which is based on the Constitutional Freedoms that we now enjoy? None of this is logical or comprehensible, nor have we seen this level of opposition to a President in the last 60 years.

    • Bill Paschall says:

      Sir, what you fail to realize is that all democrats, as well as many members of the GOP, (IE John Cornyn, Lisa Murkowski to name a few) are concerned about one thing and one thing only; holding onto power. The rotten dems arent brainwashed, however they intend to brainwash the American people via the dominant media, Hollywood, and most importantly, the government, (AKA Public) schools.They cannot stand a POTUS who has the audacity to think that the American People are smart enough to make their own choices in life, such as where and what type of health insurance to buy. They dont care that the southern border is a mess and most Americans want to regulate who comes into this country. They want the borders open, to allow more people in who will become dependent on the US government to live, thereby keeping them in power. That’s all this boils down to, plain and simple.

      • C M Solomon says:

        I know all of that! I wanted Paul to summarize the POLICY (policies in action) DIFFERENCES listed in the Laws they (the Democrats and RINOs) want PASSED or current Laws they intend to IGNORE. This will explain why Trump is such a threat to their plans that cause them to go ballistic. This will demonstrate to the Nation their actual eradication of our freedoms and individual sovereignty by specific EXAMPLES of the tyranny they expect to impose upon us Americans, whereas Trump is going to thwart that effort. “Generalities” don’t go to the “heart” of the issue that specific EXAMPLES can accomplish. Just identifying them as Demon-crats is not enough!

  5. Linda E. Montrose says:

    What scares the left so much is the FACT that President Trump puts America FIRST AS IT SHOULD be. People saw this in his first term and we can be sure he will again. The left has had their way for far too long by making promises they won’t keep. They talk a good game but most are like hillary and just put out there what they THINK we want to hear then forget after elected. That is the way it has been all my life. President Trump made promises and COULD have kept many more if the left hadn’t put road block after road block in his way. SO SO afraid of being exposed for what they REALLY are, the left tried to tear down the ONE president who kept us OUT of war, increased jobs for AMERICANS, made gas prices affordable and we didn’t get sticker shock every time we went to the grocery store!
    I voted twice and will a third time for THE BEST CHOICE for president we have ever had! If the left ever gets their heads out of their back side, I MIGHT listen to what they have to say. But that is highly unlikely!

  6. Darrell Durham says:

    Trump is not a politician. That is the reason the citizens like him and D.C. hates him. Most politicians dedicate their lives (and souls) to “public service” to make things better. They never finish trying, or taking money from people for pet projects. If they were to actually SOLVE the problem they would have to move on. The media doesn’t believe themselves, they just know fear is a huge motivational tool. If they can JUST convince us they are right, while crafting a story of a Stalin/Hitler/Ivan/Pol Pot/Zedong/Peron-esque Donald Trump. However, Biden has caused us to be so broke we can’t afford to buy what they’re selling, even if we wanted to!

  7. Michael Roger Reagan says:

    Keep in mind people the ultimate goal of the World Economic Forum billionaires; the Puppeteer’s of the World we live in, One World Government. Do NOT think these people are benevolent or caring of you, your family, or anyone who is not an “elitist”. We the little people are worker bees to their eyes and understanding; the unwashed masses; deplorables. Guess What! We are allowing these people to slowly but surely dismantle everything our ancestors fought and died for; our Republic and Constitutional Government. Trump completely understands that and knows how to prolong this cancer’s spread. Understand one thing clearly; ALL empires fall at some point in history. Question is, do we want to the be the ones who allowed ours’ to fall at this point in time? My fear is the cancer has reached a metastases that a Trump win cannot cure over time. The Left will not stop waging war on what is moral and decent. We will face a choice in the near future of where we individually stand on good and evil and what are we going to do about it.

  8. Darrell Durham says:

    Buckle up, indeed!! Biden has just reported his regret at having referred to the sorry bastard that bludgeoned LAKEN Riley to death as “illegal” instead of undocumented! You’ve got to be kidding me!!

    • C M Solomon says:

      When illegal “Presidents” have the awesome power of the Federal government at their disposal as they turn that power into a mob culture led by criminals that they hired, they can redefine crimes into “lawful” activity any time they want to. Remember the Kings, potentates, and dictators of the Dark Ages where they were “above the Law” even if it was in existence? What about the dictators in the last century as millions were murdered by way of their command? Didn’t they have the power to DEFINE the Law as they ruled over their subjects?

      • Mike says:

        Makes the Second Amendment even more important than ever! We are seeing the exact purpose our Founders created the “Right to Bear Arms”. To protect ourselves from the very government we are supposed to be supporting.

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