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Friday, August 07, 2020

Molly Ball: (T)he COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything " from how the campaign is conducted to how we vote to what we value. The acute crises have refocused the nation's attention, bringing issues like public health and economic and racial inequality to the fore and prompting the public to revisit what characteristics it wants in its leaders. And as with so many other changes wrought by the coronavirus, the practice of American politics may never be quite the same again.

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COVID-19 has changed the tenor of the election in unmistakable ways. Optimism has nosedived: the share of people who believe the U.S. is on the right track has declined 20 points since March. The pandemic has brought new urgency to issues like access to health care, inequality and the social safety net, while driving Trump's preferred topics of immigration and trade out of the picture. "The voters are fundamentally the same, but the context of the 2020 election has changed," says UCLA political scientist Lynn Vavreck, author of Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America.

Trump's character flaws suddenly loom larger for voters. "For a long time, it was annoying but it didn't necessarily change anything in their lives"I wish he'd stop tweeting, but the economy's good,'" says Lanae Erickson, senior vice president at the center-left think tank Third Way, which commissioned polls and focus groups of thousands of voters in suburban swing districts. "What this has done is to put the perception they already had about Trump together with real, horrific impacts on them and their family and their country."

Asked an open-ended question about Trump's vision for the country, about half the respondents in Third Way's surveys volunteered "self-serving" or "divisive." Respondents also rejected his calls for "law and order" in response to street protests. Asked who is hurt by Trump's vision, 30% of undecided suburban voters said "all of us." "It used to be people would say LGBT people, or women, or people of color," Erickson says. "Now, 4% say immigrants, 6% say minorities "but 30% say all of us."

Asked who is hurt by Trump's vision, 30% of undecided suburban voters said "all of us."

Doesn't sound like this 30% is completely undecided after all.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-07 05:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That's why he and the a GOnP are losing in a landslide.

#2 | Posted by a_monson at 2020-08-07 06:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That's why he and the a GOnP are losing in a landslide.

#2 | Posted by a_monson a

The only way Trump wins in November is if he pulls off a massive successful fraud or just says F-it and goes all in for a quick coup rather than the slow-motion one we've been watching for four years.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2020-08-07 09:13 AM | Reply

Let me suggest that Senate Republicans, angst-ridden over the failure to conclude a deal, should have taken action when Trump put his reelection above national security concerns; when he refused to hold Russia accountable for bounties on our troops; when he aired false, quack theories and contradicted expert advice; when he insisted on reopening states while the virus still raged; and when he held a rally endangering thousands of Americans. They could have removed him " rebuked him even or, at the very least, declared they would not vote for him in November " for any number of corrupt and malicious actions. Instead, they bet their careers and mortgaged their conscience to their political party.

Republicans are worried now? Hey, it is what it is.

Jennifer Rubin, 08/06/20

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2020-08-07 09:23 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

That's why he and the a GOnP are losing in a landslide.

#2 | POSTED BY A_MONSON

I really wish people would stop saying this.

Landslides are extremely unlikely in our current political environment.

Any slack on the gas is going to endanger hitting the finish line first.

#5 | Posted by jpw at 2020-08-07 10:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Landslides are extremely unlikely in our current political environment."

You couldn't be more right.

People need to stop pretending their wishes are realistic.

#6 | Posted by eberly at 2020-08-07 10:28 AM | Reply

"Doesn't sound like this 30% is completely undecided after all."

It's way too long until the election to say that.

#7 | Posted by eberly at 2020-08-07 10:30 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's way too long until the election to say that.

No it isn't. That's what the people answering the survey said themselves.

Asked who is hurt by Trump's vision, 30% of undecided suburban voters said "all of us."

Voters do not vote for a candidate that they themselves say is hurting "all of us." That is a decision of preference couched in an answer to another question.

What short of Trump changing course 180 degrees is going to make these "undecideds" change their minds? Do people usually vote for candidates that they feel are intentionally hurting themselves and their families?

Trump is not going to change, he tells us that every single time he gets in front of a microphone. There is no logical or rational reason to believe that what Trump is doing (and not doing) will make him more popular to anyone that isn't already firmly in his corner, even if they call themselves "undecided". Those people will find some reason not to vote for Biden, but they never were going to anyway.

Trump gets further and further detached from reality, now claiming that Biden will "hurt God" as though that is something possible. In common sense parlance, that is called digging one's grave even deeper. As thousands more die, and millions more become infected under Trump's watch, he is not going to escape the nation's judgment on his abject failure to do his foremost constitutional job - protect the American people. 88 days and counting.

#8 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-08-07 11:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Biden has an excuse not to be confronted and picked apart head to toe in a debate is how...

#9 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2020-08-07 01:49 PM | Reply

I have zero confidence that Biden and the Dems won't find some way to screw this up before the election. The Democrats should not be overconfident.

#10 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-08-07 01:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Biden has an excuse not to be confronted and picked apart head to toe in a debate is how...

#9 | Posted by AuntieSocial

Picked apart? By a guy who brags about being able to tell a drawing of a rhino from a drawing of an elephant?

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-08-07 02:12 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Don't think of elephants.

#12 | Posted by LesWit at 2020-08-07 02:41 PM | Reply

That's why he and the a GOnP are losing in a landslide.

#2 | POSTED BY A_MONSON

I really wish people would stop saying this.

Landslides are extremely unlikely in our current political environment.

Any slack on the gas is going to endanger hitting the finish line first.

#5 | POSTED BY JPW AT 2020-08-07 10:25 AM | FLAG:

I agree, JPW. Nothing is a lock. A poll of Kentucky voters released this week showed Trump leading Biden 59-35, and McConnell leading challenger Amy McGrath 53-37. Granted, it's Kentucky, which is not exactly progressive outside the metro areas, but still.

Democrats need to stay focused and aggressive until Trump vacates the White House.

#13 | Posted by cbob at 2020-08-07 03:13 PM | Reply

Democrats need to stay focused and aggressive until Trump vacates the White House.

#13 | Posted by cbob

That's biden thinking. Trump is only a symptom of the problem. Right wing Stupidity and propaganda are the problem and dems need to stay focused on that much longer.

And they need to uncover and prosecute every crime trump's klan committed while in power.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-08-07 03:34 PM | Reply

Short version: Trump's rampant incompetence will now be permanently associated with thousands of deaths in America and the American populace is not interested in voting for more deaths.

#15 | Posted by Tor at 2020-08-07 04:03 PM | Reply

What is more shocking that Trump's absolute failure to deal with Covid is that he would have won reelection without Covid. That lying corrupt traitor would have been re-elected because of Reich wing propaganda. That propaganda will only get more effective as it leverages social media better.

#16 | Posted by bored at 2020-08-07 05:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump is only a symptom of the problem. Right wing Stupidity and propaganda are the problem and dems need to stay focused on that much longer.

And they need to uncover and prosecute every crime trump's klan committed while in power.

#14 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2020-08-07 03:34 PM | FLAG:

No doubt. Just thinking, first things first... keep Dems focused through Election Day!

#17 | Posted by cbob at 2020-08-07 05:43 PM | Reply

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