In this New America, This Is the Best Attack Ad Against Trump and May Cost Trump the Election
You can picture it now.
It is October, some schools in the country have reopened, many have not. College football season has been canceled – a big deal in many red states, because that call had to be made in the middle of the summer, they had no other choice. The largely white, rural areas get hit the latest, and most sporadically. Most urban areas have developed some herd immunity. The frontline of the disease has moved to rural “white America,” to Trump voters’ hometowns.
Early fall will see very few rallies, even though Trump has tried them, and they’re touring. Still, fewer people go. The crowds mute their cheers, no one wants throat-clearing screams, many wear masks. The country is still on the precipice of an economic depression because even if the disease prognosis is better, the economy certainly has not come roaring back to what it was before. Moreover, even the polarization of the country has taken a bit of a dent, or maybe a detente. Some will blame it on the futility of arguing at this point.
Trump continues to bang his chest and still gets great reviews on Fox – the only network that matters, the one that will decide the election. The country is still split so evenly, that the election depends more upon whose voters show up, and Trump’s are lagging. The anchors become far more like actors.
Against this backdrop, maybe September through October, Joe Biden runs this:
— Florida Chris (@chrislongview) March 26, 2020
Through it all, Biden has been an upstanding guy, a competent guy, someone who’s been there before. More than anything, he’s fundamentally decent. He will go visit Alabama, and Utah, and act like he loves the people there as much as he does anywhere. He does, and they know it, and sort of appreciate it.
Through such a difficult time, there will be a growing call for “normalcy,” meaning “before the disease,” and more and more, “normalcy” meaning before Trump.
It will be the perfect time to remind people that leadership does matter, that it does save lives, and sometimes doing the job means more than preening for the cameras, tweeting, and yelling at reporters. That reminder might well win the day. You can picture it now.
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