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Every year since 1946, Gallup has asked Americans to name the man they most admire. For the past 12 years, it has been Barack Obama. This year, America's most admired man is President Donald Trump.
But what about Joe Biden? He finished a distant third, behind his old boss Obama. I find the result of this popularity contest interesting, given how popular the media seem to believe Joe Biden is.
One would think the media's anointed savior of the country could do better than third place in Gallup's survey of the most admired men in America. But apparently not.
2021 is going to start off with a bang!
President Trump will be in Georgia for a major rally on Monday, January 4th.
The next day, Tuesday, January 5th, Georgians will choose their senators for the 117th Congress.
Then on Wednesday, January 6th, Congress will meet in a joint session to count and certify the votes of the Electoral College. That same day, a huge pro-Trump rally will be held in Washington, D.C.
I am more convinced than ever that there was widespread cheating in the November election. The lax attitude of liberal states has resulted in built-in cheating that is sadly accommodated by the left, which insists that voter fraud is a myth. Except that it isn't a myth. The Heritage Foundation has documented more than 1,000 examples.
But as you can tell from the increasingly frustrated statements of the president and others, including me, no one has been able to find all the requirements necessary to compel a court to correct the situation.
I know President Trump and Vice President Pence will continue to fight to secure the integrity and fairness of our elections. That is vital to the future of our constitutional republic.
And that is why I am adamant that conservative governors and state legislators must do everything they can to secure voting integrity so that no future election is stolen as this one was.
One Week To Go
We're one week out from the critical Georgia Senate runoff elections. The outcome of those contests will be as consequential as any Senate race in modern history, and almost rivals the importance of the presidential contest. The fate of our country will be decided by these two Senate races.
If by some chance President Trump secures a second term and both Georgia senators manage to secure their reelection, then America will continue to be governed much as it has been for the past two years. The Senate will remain in Republican hands, while Nancy Pelosi will continue to rule the House of Representatives by a very narrow margin.
If President Trump secures a second term but both Georgia seats go to the Democrats, then Trump will face a hostile Congress with both chambers controlled by the opposition party. His agenda will be dead on arrival on Capitol Hill. There will be no chance of confirmation for his conservative judicial nominees. And another impeachment effort seems inevitable.
If Joe Biden is sworn in on January 20th and Republicans win one or both seats, then Republicans will have a slim majority that will be able to block much of his agenda.
But if Joe Biden is sworn in next month and Democrats win both Georgia seats, then Democrats will have total control of the government for the first since 2009. The Senate will be evenly divided, making Vice President Kamala Harris the ultimate decider on everything from higher taxes to abortion funding, open borders and climate change craziness.
The America First Movement
I want to reiterate something we addressed yesterday. What Donald Trump accomplished by molding populism with conservatism was to create a working-class coalition of all races. Blacks, Asians, Hispanics and working-class white voters are the future of the country.
Every big business donor who thinks it will be great to return to "business as usual" in Washington with big international trade deals, open borders and appeasing communist China is clueless about the mood of America outside the elite enclaves of Wall Street and the Washington, D.C. beltway.
And a return to "business as usual," with nothing but lip service to cultural and values issues, would be political suicide for the GOP.
You don't have to take my word for it. As I noted yesterday, polling shows that the overwhelming majority of Republicans see Trump, not the average Republican politician, as the party's future.
Moreover, the left knows it too. The New York Times recently posted a stunning analysis of how Donald Trump's America First message attracted huge numbers of new immigrant voters.
There is a battle in the Democrat Party between the AOC Squad and the Pelosi-Schumer old guard. In my view, it is largely a battle over style, not policy.
But there is also a battle in the Republican Party between the old GOP establishment and a new populist conservatism. John McCain and Mitt Romney ran as old guard Republicans and lost big.
Donald Trump created an America First movement within the GOP, but I believe it is a message that has appeal beyond one party. There are millions of independents who feel neither party speaks for them but desperately want a leader who will put their interests and our country first.
I am a Reagan conservative. But I am also an America First conservative. I am going to do everything I can to ensure that a remade and revitalized conservative movement emerges in the future.