Democrats are playing the long con
"Con" in this context is slang for "confidence game" -- an effort to deceive or defraud someone, usually out of money or property. Dictionary.com defines a "long con" this way: "an elaborate confidence game that develops in several stages over an extended period of time wherein the con man or swindler gains the victim's trust, often bypassing small profits with the goal of reaping a much larger payout in the final maneuver."
The secret to the success of a "long con," the online entry continues, is "giving your marks" -- the targets -- "the illusion of control while you and your team manipulate their choices."
Politicians are known for their, shall we say, flexible approach to the truth, especially during an election campaign, and Democrats have made it an art form. But Democrats have arguably never hustled the American public as fervently as they have with respect to the election -- and now potential reelection -- of Donald Trump.
We've had the Russia-collusion scam, the impeachment fiasco and the never-ending COVID-19 pandemic.
But the long con Democrats are trying to pull now is that associated with the November election and mail-in voting.
Despite everything they've thrown at him, President Trump does not appear to be taking much damage. Yes, plenty of polls show Biden ahead of Trump in a number of key states, but the margins are typically smaller than those that showed Hillary Clinton ahead at the same time in 2016 -- and we know how that worked out for her. Furthermore, there is strong indication that Trump is doing better with Hispanics and Blacks, groups Democrats tend to count on for votes.
Furthermore, Democratic governors and mayors are taking big hits for the riots, unrest, destruction and violence that they have allowed to explode across the country in cities and states they control. This reflects poorly on the Democratic nominee for president, not least because no mention of the violence was made at the Democratic convention last month.
Though they may be reluctant to say so expressly, the fear in Democratic camps is not only that Trump is going to win again in November but that his win will be bigger than in 2016.
And here's where the long con comes into full focus.
Strategists and media shills for the Democratic Party are already laying the groundwork for the public not to expect a result on Election Night -- or, worse yet, not to believe the results they see. Democratic strategy group Hawkfish got national attention in an Axios article last week referring to an election-night landslide for Trump as a "red mirage." Oh, sure, it may look like Trump has won, Hawkfish CEO Josh Mendelsohn said, but just wait until all those mail-in ballots -- the ones Democrats have been insisting upon since early spring -- come in the days and weeks following Election Day.