Tons of bandwidth has been consumed talking about President Trump. I won’t waste time talking about who has momentum, who’s getting defensive or the usual horserace chatter. Instead, I’ll write about the important stuff, as reported by Salena Zito, the best grassroots political reporter of my lifetime.

Salena’s latest report highlights why President Trump will win this presidential election. The article starts by saying “On Nov. 9, 2016, Rick Potter was driving to the airport, having spent the last two weeks in Western Pennsylvania campaigning for Donald Trump, when his phone rang. Jerry Morgan, a longtime Republican grassroots strategist, was on the line. “Potter, I’m glad I caught you,” he said. “I’ve been up all night long, analyzing the results from Pennsylvania. We won by less than 1 percent, 40,000 votes. I’m absolutely convinced if the Mighty American Strike Force had not been here for the past 15 days Trump would not have carried Pennsylvania.”

The RNC’s GOTV operation is massive. This time 4 years ago, the RNC supplied the GOTV troops. This time around, President Trump and then-Campaign Manager Brad Parscale started putting together a 2,000,000-volunteer army for getting out the vote back around the start of the Mueller investigation. This is the nonglamorous part of campaigns but it’s the most important part of winning campaigns.

It isn’t that Democrats don’t have a GOTV operation. It’s that the Mighty American Strike Force has a different method for campaigning:

But Potter believes his group is different. “There is something that sets our volunteers apart from other volunteers and that is their personal passion,” he said. “They are willing to pay their own way to travel to these states, pay for their own hotels, and get up at the crack of dawn to make the calls and knock the doors sometimes for 18 hours of every day for 15 days. That kind of commitment shines through when they talk to people they are trying to persuade.”

President Trump is a different type of campaigner, too. Nothing about him says ‘typical politician.’ Everything about him says ‘let’s get things done.’ In a nation that’s thirsty for someone to roll up their sleeves and put the American people first, President Trump isn’t a difficult product to sell. That’s why, I think, why President Trump always attracts big crowds.

4 Responses to “Trump’s priceless secret weapon”

  • eric z says:

    Everything about Trump says different things to me than to you, Gary.

    He may get four more, because of the Biden cramdown Clyburn and the others engineered against Bernie on Super Tuesday, and because he is a career politician with a record more Republican than progressive. But my guess is Trump’s record so far of instability and lying will have Biden winning.

    We wait. We see.

  • eric z says:

    More on point: It does seem that on a nationwide level the GOP has more strength in its GOTV. From pulpits to door knocks they get turnout. If there is a heavy turnout Dems can win, but Joe Biden inspiring a heavy turnout is difficult to imagine. He seems to mimic the John Kerry presidential campaign. Without the swiftboat.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Eric, I agree with you on the GOTV & Biden. The Kerry comparison seems apt.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Biden is whoever he needs to be to whichever group he’s talking to. If he’s talking to businessmen, he’s a moderate. If he’s talking to activists, he’s a hardliner. At least with Bernie, he’s got a spine.

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