Katie Pavlich: 'There Aren't as Many Conservatives in the Country as We Thought'

The weekend's last RedState Gathering panel tried to keep a stiff upper lip in the face of the Trump Revolution.

Only reality kept getting in the way.

Katie Pavlich, a Townhall editor and Fox News contributor, spoke what was probably on many attendees' minds Sunday. She clearly didn't take any joy in putting it out there.

"There aren't as many conservatives in the country as we thought there were," Pavlich said during the last of three intellectually packed days in Denver. The rise of Donald Trump, compounded with avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, made that all too clear over the past six months.

"When people like [conservative Sen.] Ben Sasse are the 'enemy,' we're in a really bad spot," she added.

Pavlich shared the stage with Townhall.com's Guy Benson, RedState Managing Editor Leon Wolf and radio talker Erick Erickson.

The focus? Moving forward after Election Day.

No votes have been tallied yet, but the panel agreed on the outcome. Trump will lose, and lose badly to Hillary Clinton.

"The die is cast," Wolf warned the crowd.  "I feel more at peace with that every day. We're not facing 30 percent unemployment or a physical civil war. ... I have faith in the country that we'll get through it either way."

Benson gently disagreed.

Democrats spent the last eight years undermining much of what makes this country special, Benson said. Now, we're about to elect a woman he called both "corrupt" and a "liar" who could do even worse.

"We need leadership desperately ... we have a lot of work to do," Benson said.

Next page: Some reasons for optimism.