Summing my best inner Sergeant Carter, “I can’t hear you!”
This seems to be the outlook of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Establishment.
For the uninitiated or too young to remember, Sgt. Vince Carter was the Marine drill sergeant who when barking out an order or pronouncement to Gomer Pyle and the rest of the platoon would always bark back when they would answer, “Yes, Sergeant,” “I can’t hear you,” drawing out the hear.
Hillary and her supporters seem to have the same issue with their collective ears.
But she is not alone.
Listening to the media and chattering class, most of them continue to be deaf to what the American voters are saying.
Never mind that over 40% of Democratic voters this primary season went for Uncle Bernie Sanders’ political revolution.
Never mind that the Republican voters tonight hear from their new nominee, Donald Trump, accept the nomination to be President of the United States.
Never mind that every step along the way, the Republican Establishment was upended.
Never mind that every pronouncement from the talking heads and the media was wrong as Trump made his way to Cleveland.
Never mind that there is a real anger in the heartland toward business as usual and following conventional wisdom.
Next week Democrats gather in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the Democratic National Convention to crown Hillary as their nominee.
Already surrogates for Hillary and officials of the DNC are talking about how the Democratic Convention will show Trump how a convention should be conducted – how scripted – how the Establishment does it.
Like the journalists and pundits, the Democratic Establishment led by Hillary Clinton do not get it.
They refuse to see what happened during their own primary season when an avowed Democratic Socialist packed in larger crowds than the presumed heiress to the throne of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.
They refuse to hear the cries rising and raising the rafters from those who feel the Bern.
Americans in both Republican and Democratic camps, sitting at home, not at the conventions, are summing their inner Paul’s asking, “Can you hear me now?”
Indiana Governor and GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence called it right last night when referring to Clinton as the “Secretary of Status Quo.”
That is exactly what the American people – no matter political affiliation or without any affiliation – do not want – the status quo.
From the Cornfield, will Clinton take the ear plugs out and hear what Americans are saying?
Or will Trump continue to upset what is supposed to be and win the Oval Office?
Could a double-punch from Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green’s Jill Stein throw the election into the House of Representatives to decide?
Is anyone listening?