Yesterday Debbie and I made the third leg of our five-day, East Coast trip. This part of our trip took us from Little Washington, Virginia through Charlottesville-the epicenter of central VA liberalism-down to Lynchburg, in more reliably conservative territory. In our unscientific yard-sign poll, Trump vastly outperformed with the final results Trump 50/Clinton 15/ Johnson 1.
The jaunt from Charlottesville to Lynchburg was a short run, but it was by far the most energized part of our trip yet. New England and the mid-Atlantic states seemed asleep by comparison. You can tell Virginians know their votes could sway the election. (Click here to read about Leg 1 and Leg 2).
These are the Americans that matter. In the suburbs and small cities of middle Virginia live the small business owners who keep America moving. And along the dusty roads Debbie and I travel outside these small population centers live the farmers and entrepreneurs who keep America fed and employed.
These are the people who have been gamed out of the system. Their income is taxed heavily by a government in Washington D.C. that’s more interested in supporting handouts than hard work. Their savings have been hamstrung by a Fed policy forcing them into ever-riskier assets in order to find any type of return. Government policy at every level has been engineered to service the needs of the Wall St./Washington corridor rather than the needs of these every day Americans.
That’s why if Trump loses, he’ll have only his undisciplined, loud mouth to blame. Hillary Clinton represents the gamed system in every way. The populist campaign Trump is running should be miles ahead of such an insider candidate today, but Trump’s lack of discipline has been his Achilles heel all along.
Given the current polling, it’s not impossible that a tie might occur. In that case, the decision would be given over to the elites in the House of Representatives. With the convoluted rules governing a House election for POTUS, results would be hard to predict. Candidates must collect some electoral votes to be given consideration by the House, so it’s likely that given a tie, the House will be given the same choice Americans faced between Trump and Clinton. Keep your eyes open.