After all of the dynamics that have informed this election year in an historic dimension, it was difficult to imagine anything more to add to the perfect storm that this process has become. Wrong. Now we have a President in the midst of a pandemic who has tested positive for the coronavirus, and who knows how that figures into the myriad of the dynamics already in play. I don’t think there is a computer model that meets the test. I will just say this:
- President Trump can meet the challenge of this recent news and turn it into an opportunity to make it a teaching moment to advance a message of resilience and optimism as he recovers. In any case, he must be open and transparent about his condition on a regular basis.
- The turn of events also presents an opening for him to be more assertive in framing the differences with Biden in his second term policy without the bombastic antics of the first debate which clearly are not working.
- For obvious reasons, the upcoming debate between the opposing vice presidential candidates has taken on significantly more importance and it is even more critical to define the sharp policy differences between the two.
- The chaos in judicial voting rulings at the state level has produced an environment in a double handful of states, many of them of “battleground” status, that will almost certainly result in counting delays that will require weeks to resolve. This opens the potential for a crisis that will make Bush v. Gore of 2000 look mild by comparison. Get ready.
Otherwise, I don’t have much to add, except that this election is not nearly as much about personalities as the participants have wanted us to believe, particularly the Biden camp. What it clearly has become primarily is a stark choice between a progressive revolutionary America, much of which has been played out in the streets over the past six months, as opposed to an American traditionalism undergirded by freedom and equality under the rule of law. Whatever and however the choices are presented to them, let’s hope that responsible voters understand the stakes, and I might be wrong, but I have a hunch that a substantial majority of them do.