Steven Kurlander: Real grassroots transition required: Rebuilding the GOP – Florida Politics (blog)
Steven Kurlander: Real grassroots transition required: Rebuilding the GOP
So far, if you were to sum up the Donald Trump team transition, it’s pretty disappointing in terms of delivering important changes in how Washington works that the president-elect promised during the campaign.
For the most part, the present transition period is dominated by insiders from the Grand OLD Party, threatening the promise of a freethinking Trump White House and the promised change that America yearns for.
Trump’s victory was rooted in a hope for true change in not only in the way Washington governs, but also in terms of changing the political system to be more responsive and representative of the true majority of American people.
That included remaking and revitalizing a stratified and lethargic Republican Party that not only did everything possible to thwart his candidacy, but has proved incapable of truly connecting with a majority of Americans nationwide.
If one thing is certainly obvious, it’s that President-elect Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election by putting together a truly grassroots populist campaign that won the hearts and minds of disillusioned Americans.
These voters, many of whom had never voted or stopped voting, came to the polls to vote for Trump, or against Hillary.
What defined this Trump swing group? These were the voters that both the Democratic and Republican parties had forsaken or taken for granted over the last two decades.
Trump and his loyal, core staff ran a brilliant guerilla-style campaign, using unorthodox messaging and strategies that reached a 21st-century silent majority.
Nowhere was this more true than in the make-or-break battleground of Florida.
There, they fought with limited financial resources a victorious three front war against both the Democrats and Republican parties as well as the mainstream press, too.
In fact, Florida was ground zero in