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Friday, May 22, 2020

[Donald] Trump can't hold rallies, but he is able to stage campaign events thinly disguised as presidential travel. By contrast, Biden is stuck broadcasting out of his basement. Biden's case is that unlike the president, he's steady and experienced and familiar, even a little boring. He believes that at the moment, that's what voters are looking for. Videos and interviews from his basement may be all that's necessary to communicate that, at least for now.

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Biden is winning in Pennsylvania and Michigan, and holds modest-but-real leads in tougher states like Florida, Wisconsin and Arizona.

Indeed, as of the end of April, the Trump campaign had already spent $172 million, but with not much to show for it, given the polling. (Biden had spent $117 million, but he had to run a primary campaign.)

The reason this massive cash and digital advantage may not be translating into much " at least for now " has to do with the pit he's sinking all of those resources into. Trump's campaign, like his presidency, is aimed largely at his supporters, people he needs to drive into a frenzy to torque up turnout.

But all that messaging, which is full of xenophobia, outrage, resentment and white noise only the GOP base understands, also reinforces things that other voters he needs (such as suburban and college educated whites, mostly women) don't like about him. That is, some of the very things Biden wants to highlight.

Biden may be stuck in his basement, but the contrast here may be very compelling: Biden is personally acting out what countless of Americans are going through, sticking to what the scientists are recommending, for the good of others, for the good of the country, even if it inconveniences him.

Meanwhile, Trump is jetting around without a mask, demonstrating his privileged enjoyment of safety and protections that ordinary Americans lack, and failing to set the example that large majorities want to see set.

This might be the most self-serving article that I've posted in a while. If I were advising Joe the only places I'd want to see him go would be to food banks to put more emphasis on marshaling more resources to help unemployed Americans. He should hold virtual town halls with Covid survivors so that they can tell their stories on how the virus impacted their lives - from those who might have nearly died to those who only had mild symptoms. Of course he should engage experts and gather his own kitchen cabinet as to how he plans to deal with all the impacts of the pandemic and its economic ramifications from minute one.

What he doesn't need to do is try to out-Trump Trump. 2020 Trump is a known commodity. He can't just run on what he plans on doing without having to answer for all that he has or hasn't done since 2017.

This isn't an election where voters are looking for charisma, this is an election where voters desperately understand the need for decency, compassion and competence to return to the White House. And Biden can effectively make that case from his basement as it contrasts with Trump bouncing from mistake to mistake always blaming them on somebody else other than himself.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-21 06:27 PM | Reply

"2020 Trump is a known commodity."

Hence the need to pretend Democrats denied him the chance to be President to the fullest. Even though the GOP had both houses of Congress for his first two years, and they couldn't even repeal Obamacare or build The Wall.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-21 07:05 PM | Reply

There's one other aspect of what Mr Biden has been doing, and it was especially notable during the times when Pres Trump was holding those disastrous daily press briefings. I can sum it up using an old political chestnut...

When your opponent is in self-destruct mode, do not interrupt him.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-21 07:12 PM | Reply

@#2 ... Even though the GOP had both houses of Congress for his first two years, and they couldn't even repeal Obamacare or build The Wall....

... or pass an immigration bill, even though Congress worked with Steven Miller to put together a bill with the Four Pillars that Pres Trump wanted, Pres Trump refused to buy into it.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-21 07:15 PM | Reply

Hence the need to pretend Democrats denied him the chance to be President to the fullest. Even though the GOP had both houses of Congress for his first two years, and they couldn't even repeal Obamacare or build The Wall.

#2 | Posted by snoofy

Or a conservative Supreme Court overturning Roe vs Wade

Republicans just want to have their wedge issues, used like a magician to deflect attention away from what they've been doing with the other; raping the U.S. Treasury in the name of their corporate/wealthy overlords. They don't actually care about any of the wedge issues they pull out every election.

Some on the right side of the aisle in Congress are now saying we don't need to do more to ameliorate the effects COVID-19 has had on the economy because of 'deficits.' The same politicians who gleefully gave corporations and wealthy people trillions in tax cuts they didn't need, resulting in the massive debt America has accumulated since W's two rounds of tax cuts.

#5 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-21 07:30 PM | Reply

In my opinion, this is the easiest presidential election to win in history for this simple reason: All Joe Biden needs to do is be truthful. That's it, tell the truth.

The truth being that the US economy we had 2 months ago is gone for the foreseeable future and it isn't coming back just by wishing it so. Joe needs to prepare Americans for what's to come which is a long different road going someplace we haven't been before. Too many jobs and too many industries were dependent upon massing groups of people into finite spaces. Until we have either a vaccine or herd immunity, the prior profitable business structures can't generate the same revenue at smaller or minuscule scaling.

These are just facts. More facts are that we as a nation and society have to prepare to provide support to millions upon millions who no longer will have jobs to return to. No one has all the answers right now, but at least Joe knows and can identify the problems honestly and with a clarity of the situation that Trump can never muster.

Speeches, words and debates won't solve these problems, putting competent people in the right positions of action will work toward their solutions and that is something Biden will offer that Trump can't.

As I saw another writer say, "Trump is trying to defeat Mother Nature" as he ignorantly thinks his hunches and feelings can overcome one of nature's exquisite assassins. Reality is that Biden isn't Trump's opponent as much as biophysics and mathematics are. I don't see Trump overcoming any one of the three.

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-21 07:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I just thought of another surefire way to insure Biden's election in November: He should publicly name a Pandemic Recovery Team made up of esteemed experts in every field relevant to getting the nation from here to there.

And then he names Barack Obama as the head of the team.

I don't know if Michelle will be happy, but this is a slam dunk for Joe. It also is the greatest reminder of the former duo whose leadership brought America back from economic disaster the last time a Republican president left office.

#7 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-21 07:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

I just thought of another surefire way to insure Biden's election in November: He should publicly name a Pandemic Recovery Team made up of esteemed experts in every field relevant to getting the nation from here to there.
And then he names Barack Obama as the head of the team.
#7 | POSTED BY TONYROMA

Not a bad idea.

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-05-21 07:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#6 ... As I saw another writer say, "Trump is trying to defeat Mother Nature" as he ignorantly thinks his hunches and feelings can overcome one of nature's exquisite assassins. ...

Pres Trump has been, of late, trying to turn the spotlight away from the virus (the fight against which he knows he has lost, politically) and on to the economy going forward.

Yes the economy is in bad shape, but any improvement will have occurred on Pres Trump's watch, and he will take credit for it.

It is the reason Pres Trump is pushing so hard to open the Country -- prematurely in some areas -- he thinks opening the Country will get the economy where he needs it to be.

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-21 07:53 PM | Reply

Not a bad idea.

I think it would lead to a blue wave in November that makes 2018 look like a skiff's wake.

Having Obama in a semi-official capacity close to Biden would alleviate the fear of his aged decline. I don't think Obama would ever try to puppet Biden, but he'd certainly give him a close opinion that few Presidents would have ever had and a publicly calming reminder that between the two of them (and Biden's VP choice) America would be in far better hands than with Trump and crew.

I'd put the Pandemic Response Team in action right away, letting them issue white papers and contingency plans with the fluidity and nimbleness the crisis deserves.

Now compare this to what Trump is or will try to do. Such a contrast couldn't be more stark. And Biden doesn't have to physically do anything or make rousing speeches to fire up supporters. He can just be competent, thoughtful Joe cleaning up Trump's tragic mess.

#10 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-21 08:10 PM | Reply

@#10 ... I think it would lead to a blue wave in November that makes 2018 look like a skiff's wake. ...

Hyperbole aside.... How would that play in Peoria?

More seriously, you need, at this point, to view your opinions in the light of how the Electoral College works.

Once you start speaking of a blue wave, you need to start substantiating that opinion with Electoral College data.

#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-22 12:03 AM | Reply

First, a blue wave is not defined by the presidency, it's defined up and down the rest of the ballots be they federal, state, or local.

Obama tacitly putting himself back into the race - even though no one is voting directly for him - will indeed drive particularly the black vote everywhere and shore up a lot with the youth. And as seen in 2018, that can literally move political mountains. And the more people that vote, the better Dems do up and down the ballots everywhere.

So I see the ED taking care of itself. And then there's this fact.

The largest determinant factor of 2016 in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania was that black voter participation was down to modern-day record lows. Don't forget that Detroit, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia all saw enough loss of black votes to easily have put Hillary in the White House. And a big part of it was the Russian disinformation campaigns targeted at blacks in those states. The message to them wasn't "Hey vote for Trump," it was delivered by amplifying proxy anti-Hillary and pro third party messaging.

Now taken along with the white suburban vote that has swung to the Dems, and a 25 point gender gap with females across the board, AND a lead with 65s and olders, the writing's almost in stone. After having said all that, I'm more than content that every Dem makes sure to run through the wire not just to it. Take nothing for granted and act like we could certainly lose, then work twice as hard to make sure that we don't.

But if you tied me down and tortured me, I'd tell you - barring some unseen catastrophe - it's already over. 2018 proves the shift and Trump has only given more rational people every reason to jump off his ship. It wasn't the ride they paid for.

#12 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-22 12:26 AM | Reply

EC, lol.

#13 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-22 12:26 AM | Reply

And one more thing: We're going to have at minimum recession-level unemployment going into Fall. Already the Democrats are trying to get more help to displaced workers and smaller businesses that so far have fallen through the cracks or need additional relief. The GOP delusionally believes that flipping the open switch is all that needs to happen for the economy to take flight again. It isn't. Same thing with states and local governments who're bleeding money in the covid response at the same time their tax revenues have dissipated. Do you think pink slipping police and firemen, shuttering hospitals, and cutting teachers makes sense in the middle of a pandemic and economic meltdown?

With all understanding that many, many of our citizens will likely find themselves in dire straits due to no fault of their own, the only party that actually wants to help ALL of them are the Democrats. Trump and McConnell are already wanting to sunset the unemployment bump by July as though 30 million can find new jobs just by getting off their duffs.

Add it all together and their just isn't any reason that the GOP is headed for a cliff come November. We will know one more thing too. Come November, there will still be tens of millions of unemployed people who have nothing but time on their hands to learn enough and put in the effort to vote that normally wouldn't. Based on the above, who do you think the majority will vote for?

#14 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-22 12:39 AM | Reply

Add it all together and you've got the reasons why the GOP looks to be headed for a cliff come November.

#15 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-22 12:45 AM | Reply

EC, lol.

#13 | Posted by tonyroma

For a minute there I thought you were talking about our soon-to-be 74 year old president and a Bob Dole-TV commercials subject.

#16 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-22 12:56 AM | Reply

#11 | Posted by LampLighter

Trump approval is in the tank in several key swing states including MI and PA. His COVID-19 response approval is way underwater all over the map. With a shattered economy and further waves of COVID-19 certain to come as states reopen, Trump will have nothing to run on except laughable "Obamagate" attempts and such.

I've been following the Morning Consult "Tracking Trump" state-by-state approval polls over the past few months. They poll 250,000 voters a month in all 50 states. This crisis is only going to hurt him. Had he done what the public expects a president to do and gotten 'all hands on deck' rather than make it all about him, he could have gained some ground. Instead, as the pandemic continues, his approval numbers are rightfully falling in key states.

A so0lid majority of fence sitting voters are beginning to understand Trump is out of his freaking mind, and willfully places his own political well being over handling a crisis with the required competence. ----, he's eschewed the advice of American medical and public health experts who have made our CDC the envy of the world epidemiology and infectious disease community.

#17 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-22 01:10 AM | Reply

We're all paying the price for Trump sidelining the CDC.

Joe Biden is competent. In a race during a pandemic, many Republicans who remember well and long for a return to normalcy and competence in our president will flip the switch for Biden

It's hard to imagine a majority of voters saying, "on top of the pandemic, do I really want another chaotic 4 years of a president who's broken every norm of decorum and decency a president possibly could, AND mismanaged a pandemic?" BTW, Trump's approval among seniors in Florida nosedived 20% as of the end of April.

#18 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-22 01:32 AM | Reply

"Joe Biden is competent. In a race during a pandemic, many Republicans who remember well and long for a return to normalcy and competence in our president will flip the switch for Biden."

My prediction: Once the election is over, Republican politicians will rush to distance themselves from Trump. There will no longer be any value in pretending that he's a solid leader. And once Trump is gone, I think that voters will turn on the party, big time.

#19 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-05-22 06:58 AM | Reply

My prediction: Once the election is over, Republican politicians will rush to distance themselves from Trump. There will no longer be any value in pretending that he's a solid leader. And once Trump is gone, I think that voters will turn on the party, big time.

#19 | Posted by madbomber

That seems like a likely scenario.

#20 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-22 07:10 AM | Reply

I just thought of another surefire way to insure Biden's election in November: He should publicly name a Pandemic Recovery Team made up of esteemed experts in every field relevant to getting the nation from here to there.
And then he names Barack Obama as the head of the team.
I don't know if Michelle will be happy, but this is a slam dunk for Joe.

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Voters in battleground states say they have a favorable view of Barack Obama by nearly a two-to-one margin, 64% favorable vs. 35% unfavorable, via new Fox News poll.

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#21 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-22 09:44 AM | Reply

More from Fox poll:

2020 favorable ratings among suburban women:

Trump:
33% favorable
66% unfavorable

Biden:
57% favorable
39% unfavorable

More than six in 10 voters say the lack of available testing (63%) and the lack of a clear plan from the federal government (61%) are a "major problem" when it comes to dealing with coronavirus via new Fox News poll.

#22 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-22 10:02 AM | Reply

More from Fox poll:

2020 favorable ratings among suburban women:

Trump:
33% favorable
66% unfavorable

Biden:
57% favorable
39% unfavorable

More than six in 10 voters say the lack of available testing (63%) and the lack of a clear plan from the federal government (61%) are a "major problem" when it comes to dealing with coronavirus via new Fox News poll.

#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-22 10:02 AM | Reply

Joe needs to run on a platform of good government. Not big government, not no government, but good, competent government.

#24 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-22 10:14 AM | Reply

"Joe needs to run on a platform of good government. Not big government, not no government, but good, competent government."

That should be true of every presidential candidate.

I do feel like Joe doesn't really want the job though. I think he feels compelled to take that role because somebody needs to. Even if it does mean the last few years of your life are going to be miserable.

#25 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-05-23 04:33 AM | Reply

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