I was a guest this week on the Canto Talk show, with conservative pundit Silvio Canto, Jr.
While the last show of the year is traditionally our Christmas show, we couldn’t let the session go by without discussing the impeachment vote.
Just prior to the podcast, I had an inspiration after viewing the trailer for Top Gun 2.
I do not believe the impeachment vote against President Donald Trump is going to harm him historically or politically. In fact, the move by the Democrats plays into a script Americans seem to love.
Early in 2016, I predicted Trump was likely to win because he was an entertainer; therefore, he didn’t have to spend much time introducing himself to the American public. He could, instead, focus on his policies.
But beyond that, I believe he prepared himself by presenting himself as the rebellious anti-hero type who upends the “norms,” overcomes huge obstacles, wins a significant victory for the country he loves, and gets the girl. Therefore, his “norm” is challenging “the norms.”
He is rather like the Tom Cruise character, Maverick. As a reminder, “Top Gun” was a huge hit in 1986.
Top Gun did not endear itself to critics when it opened May 16, 1986 — it still scores an anemic 55% positive rating on aggregate review site RottenTomatoes.com.
But the slick, MTV-influenced production and power soundtrack (including Kenny Loggins’ Danger Zone) was enough to soar to $357 million worldwide and push its cast of stars to new celebrity heights. Cruise locked in his role as an international superstar, while his castmates’ profiles rose — Anthony Edwards(Maverick’s sidekick Goose), Kelly McGillis (his love-interest/civilian flight instructor Charlie) and Val Kilmer (as rival pilot Iceman).
“Talk about being in the right place at the right time with the right material. Everything aligned for Top Gun,” says film historian Leonard Maltin.
Top Gun’s enduring popularity is tied to Maverick’s struggle to reach his pilot dreams, says producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
To be honest, while all the girls I know were crushing on Cruise, I myself fell in a little in love with the Val Kilmer character, Iceman. Iceman was a rival who ended up respecting and assisting Maverick during a crisis in the film.
The Iceman role in this analogy is clearly taken by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He gave a rebuke of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her Democrat caucus that was so chilling that the next Congress will be worried about global cooling.
In the Trump campaign sequel, Pelosi may have given the Republican Party a national issue to tie all the congressional races together. As House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy notes, a new Congress can expunge the impeachment that just occurred.
On Fox and Friends this morning, McCarthy was asked what people would be saying about this day 20 years from now…
Well, I think [the people will] just brush this aside. Maybe a future Congress would even expunge this vote. This is the because it is the thinnest fastest weakest impeachment in American history. The speaker admits for the last 2-1/2 years she’s been trying to impeach this president.
Trump will turn the impeachment attack against his opponents, while taking steps to prevent this travesty from occurring again to another president. Meanwhile, he has the enduring support of tens of millions.
Terry Lee Ebert Mendoza is a founding member of the Trumpettes and has also been a guest on Canto Talk. Here is her report from Florida, a key state in the 2020 election.
Just saw a sight to warm my heart. Driving home from Jupiter doctor, on Okeechobee Blvd overpass, were hundreds of Trump supporters, in the wind and cold (for us 70 is cold), waiving American flags and Trump flags. Don’t for one moment, think that this impeachment crap has affected his support. On the contrary, I have seen hundreds of posts from disgusted Democrats who are leaving that party in droves, and joining the Republican party; the party of sanity.
Meanwhile, on the West Coast, this was seen at the Los Angeles area Loyola Marymount University.
Don’t get it twisted, the letters we put up are 20 feet tall.
— The Faction (@TheFaction1776) December 19, 2019
If an election season were ever going to be a political dog fight that will keep us on the edge of our seats, it will certainly be this one.
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