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.
Vernon E Wuensche says
My spreadsheet analysis shows that Trump would need to win virtually all battleground states if he is to avoid having late counting states making the decision. It is very likely that the election will not be decided on election day.
James Windham says
I think you’re probably right, Vern–it’s going to be Bush v. Gore on steroids!
David Richards says
Recommend a recent book “The Gathering Storm” by Al Moehler as it relates to how our country is changing from a Christian perspective and your comments.
Steve Tredennick says
Trump will win in a “Landslide” not seen since the days of Ronald Reagan.!
Fascinating to read this post with the benefit of hindsight in first reading today.
City of San Francisco passed a city ordinance last night banning the use of natural gas for all heating in new residential and commercial buildings to be constructed.
We will all soon have to be carrying our COVID-19 negative test results and proof of vaccination cards in order to travel, access any public gathering (including churches, mosques and synagogues). Along with the filing of your income taxes as proof of health care insurance is required by the Affordable Care Act.
We are witnessing the first waves of “Californication” of our great nation. Thank God we live in Texas.
Danny Billingsley says
When you consider the forces aligned against Trump it’s remarkable the election was this close.
1) An obvious attempt by the Democrats, DOJ, FBI, CIA, other parts of the intelligence apparatus to overthrow an elected president.
2) Years of the phony Muller investigation.
3) The just as phony impeachment.
4) Years of attack, false reporting and no reporting by a left controlled media.
5) A hostile bureaucracy.
6) Intervention by leftist judges to shut done Trump policies.
7) Undermining attempts by the Republican establishment.
8) COVID19 and contracting COVID himself.
9) Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social media platforms combined efforts to suppress conservative speech and promote liberal speech.
10) The rise of BLM and ANTIFA based on a largely false premise.
11) Rioting and looting in Democratic run cities and states.
12) False polls designed to discourage Trump supporters.
13) Last but hardly least, Trump’s own lack of discipline and unfiltered thought process.
It’s amazing the man accomplished what he did and withstood the enormous pressure.
This is an outstanding summary, Danny, and a good list of particulars on which I hope at some point the American people will get the full story, primarily on the damage that has been done to their country and its institutions. And it is also in a certain sense a list of reasons why the Trump movement is not going away. There is a great book here to be written, but I’m not sure who to trust to tell the story correctly.
Jim Windham says
P. S. I didn’t intend to be “anonymous”.