As the president of the usa shelters in situ with the White House press , and Joe Biden gibbers senselessly into the GoPro camera in his Delaware basement, this fall’s national election has been thrown into a cocked tricorn by the coronavirus. Many of Donald Trump’s retail-politicking strengths — the large rallies, his command of crowds — are neutralized, and while he still has control of the narrative from his public office within the West Wing, the national media remains bent against him, and puts the worst possible spin on every word he speaks.
Meanwhile, Biden and his wandering hands are safely confined to quarters rather than out on the campaign trail, which shields the Democrats from more possible fallout over not only his past behavior but his full-throated endorsement of China throughout his career. The donkey party is thus liberal to market the cardboard-cutout version of its candidate, having finally accomplished their mission of running a generic Democrat against Orange Man Bad, without ever having to show him to the overall public.
No wonder there’s talk on the Left of canceling the conventions and running an all-mail election. The further away the country stays from reopening, the higher their chances.
Still, as 2016 demonstrated, even when the fix is in, you never know. What the Democrats need so as to make certain of beating Trump is that the perfect vice presidential candidate, one who won’t only balance the ticket, push progressive causes, and check all the social-justice boxes but who will end up the African-American choose droves without Biden’s having to mention a word or lift a finger.
Biden’s already on record as saying he’ll choose a lady . But none of the defeated female candidates for the nomination, including Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, excited much interest from the Democratic base during the primaries, and while there’s alittle Stacey Abrams boomlet currently happening , her record because the defeated candidate for Georgia governor doesn’t inspire much confidence — albeit , in her own mind, she still thinks she won.