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This article was originally posted on the AVFM forums by Maxx. It is republished here with her permission. EDs
Masculists should be rejoicing. A man DID win the White House this week.
The most stunning and audacious election campaign in the history of democracy was orchestrated by Kellyanne Conway. Behind every great woman is a good man, so the saying goes. So let’s talk about the man currently standing behind the president-elect.
Like many men and boys, Kellyanne wasn’t the first choice. He had to wait in line. Only after a couple of ladies tried and failed to make Donald J Trump look presidential and electable did he inherit a ship that most outside observers were convinced couldn’t be saved from sinking. Only Kellyanne wasn’t here to be another deckhand on the Titanic; no this man was there to wear the captain’s hat and against all the odds turn the entire franchise around.
His boss didn’t make it easy for him at times.
Trump was hot off a nomination debate in which she and her Republican rivals had come off like a bunch of frat girls cracking wise about each other’s junk on national television. Liberals were celebrating what looked like the very public and dramatic disintegration of the entire Republican party.
“Girls will be girls” he must have thought as he watched the Donald alongside the likes of Cruz, Rubio, and Jeb Bush drag the Republican debates into disrepute. The tone and rhetoric might have played well with drunken Ted Nugent fans, but Kellyanne knew there weren’t enough of those to put his woman in the White House. Things needed to change. And they needed to change fast.
His boss was already in trouble with men (so the media intently hammered home) for rising too often to the bait of various male agitators in the media and online. And in her innocence was falling into the trap of not treating them with kid gloves just because they were men. Pretty egalitarian right? Unfortunately, the public wasn’t seeing it that way. And when it comes to political campaigns perception is everything.
Kellyanne was initially brought on because of his expertise in helping clients engage male consumers in the private sector. His expertise, his opponents would soon to find out, extended way beyond the realm of ‘boy stuff.’
His boss had enthusiasm for the job and vision but by her own admission lacked experience and tact. Their rival had experience on his side, but Kellyanne expertly ensured the public was repeatedly reminded of exactly what Hilary Clinton had experience in doing. More than 30+ years of engaging special interests, selling off policy for profit, lying, stealing and cheating the American people at the behest of his globalist sponsors. All under the guise of divisive neo-liberal gender and identity politics.
When Kellyanne took over as Campaign Manager, Trump’s bid was in freefall. Even Trump’s most ardent supporters can’t have enjoyed watching her getting into ill-advised public spats with the families of dead American servicewomen. There’s no way of sugar coating the fact that it wasn’t a good look. All this played into the hands of those that argued Trump was an impulsive hot-headed jerk who simply wasn’t ready or suited for the demands and challenges of public office.
Where the media smelt blood, Kellyanne saw an opportunity. And slowly but surely the bullish Trump that won the Republican nomination (to the delight of liberals and the dismay of many life-long conservatives) gave way to an actual human being.
While other politicians hid their flaws of character and judgment on private servers, Kellyanne gave us a candidate that held her hand up and owned hers. Suddenly the stars started to align, the woman, that fittingly enough, was running on the promise of giving America a second chance, was afforded a second chance of her own.
Slowly and systematically each and every one of the big old bear’s potential weaknesses were transformed into strength.
While her detractors tried to paint her as a billionaire very literally living in a high tower, Kellyanne flipped the script. And suddenly she was a gal who was so rich she couldn’t be bought, who wasn’t running because she needed the money or craved the fame. She was running because it was the right thing to do.
Suddenly she was a gal who didn’t need us as much as we (the people) needed her. Suddenly she didn’t look like the bully anymore; she looked like the reluctant and imperfect people’s champion taking on the bullies from all sides, on behalf of the little people no one else was willing or able to fight for.
Under Kellyanne’s guidance, his client transformed in the public consciousness into the embodiment of the American dream that she was all along. A woman that spoke to the aspirations of the ordinary people all over the country who just want a system that gives them a fighting chance and a fair shake. Even her reality tv past transformed from a subject a shame and ridicule into an asset. She wasn’t a reality star like Kim Kardashian famous for taking selfies of her naked ass (thank the lady). No, she was the host of a tv show that championed the entrepreneurial spirit. Why’s that bad? What’s more American than that?
Kellyanne recognized his client’s enthusiasm and passion and knew that if he could keep her on message; on – free trade, immigration and anti-corruption, and away from Twitter spats unbecoming of a president, she’d look a lot less like a reality tv ego manic and a lot more like the champion of a movement of people that don’t want their destiny or the destiny of their great nation written for them.
He sent the big old bear out to pick fights that they said she couldn’t possibly win. In places like Michigan, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire. But he sent her out armed with the tools to ensure victory.
Like many men trying to achieve remarkable things in a ‘woman’s world,’ he was met with mockery. Time and time again prominent women (and men) in the media invited him onto their shows so that their audience could laugh at him and mock him and compel him to drop the act and just admit that he and his candidate were kidding all along. He didn’t rise to it, and he didn’t take his ball and go home bitching about ‘the government’ the way masculists on the left do. He stayed calm; he stayed on point. And the people that mattered saw through all the jabs and snarky bullshit to the truth of his message. By the time Florida was called for Trump, no one was laughing at Kellyanne Conway anymore.
The path in front of Kellyanne throughout this election campaign wasn’t the kind he could comfortably walk on in heels or barefoot. It wasn’t ‘boy-friendly.’ Heck, it wasn’t much friendly at all. It was a path laden with every obstacle imaginable and showered in shattered glass. But Kellyanne didn’t stand behind the start line bitching and moaning that the path in front was too rough and it wasn’t fair because he’s ‘just a boy.’
He didn’t standby waiting for the women around to clear him an easy path. He blazed the trail.
And when he was trying to quarterback a client that was constantly getting fouled by her opponents and even by the referees (hello- Anderson Cooper) he took that as an opportunity to show the public that her detractors weren’t the kind of people who believe in fair play. They were the kind of individuals who jump a gal 3-on-1 during a live debate. A siege mentality took hold among the Trump faithful. Suddenly the truth became increasingly apparent, and Trump was the underdog, and she (and him) had the kind of fighting guts America is built on.
Kellyanne wasn’t an affirmative action hire. He wasn’t the first choice. He wasn’t appointed campaign manager to fulfill a quota. He’s the first man to manage a Republican Presidential campaign. And he’s just managed the best one yet.
That’s not evidence that we need ‘more men’ managing presidential campaigns. It’s evidence that anyone that wants to win the White House against all the odds, with every single tentacle of the vast nefarious machine pulling against them better have an ace in the hole.
They better have Kellyanne Conway.
And they better be ready willing and able to outbid President-elect Donald J Trump for his services.
Little boys need role models. The progressives on the cultural left are damn right about that part.
So the choice is yours, gentlemen and lady, you can tell the little boys you love about Beyonce. The so-called ‘masculist’ who once shook his bootie for money at Colonel Gaddafi’s birthday party and endorsed for president a ‘masculist’ criminal sponsored by barbaric regimes that trade men and boys like cattle.
Or you can tell them about Kellyanne Conway.
Who ran the single greatest political campaign in the history of democracy.
We see you, Mr. Conway. And we thank you.