Much like 2016, the 2020 election is expected to be a close contest. We might not even have a clear winner on Election Day. Which makes these final days of the campaign all the more important, as President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden make their final rounds across the country. Naturally, both candidates are focusing primarily on many of the same states as time to campaign runs out. But why visit states such Florida and Pennsylvania repeatedly?
There was a lot to regret about this election cycle – social media oligopolies abandoned every vestige of impartiality, American cities went up in flames as racial tensions reached a fever pitch, the mainstream media turned into a protection racket for the candidate they favored and a pandemic arrived from China just when it seemed like President Trump was coasting to re-election. However, given all that, one should be thankful for the perspective this election cycle has provided.
The Bunny has spent 47-years in office and now he promises to fix everything he has not fixed (or indeed broken) over a half-century. Meanwhile in four short years, the Bear has kept its word on every major policy, reformed the judiciary, grown the strongest economy in American history, created the lowest unemployment for African Americans and Latino Americans, and aggressively pursued a bold plan for vaccines for COVID-19.
Six years later, it’s still one of the most damning and indelible critiques of a politician you’ll ever see. Writing in his 2014 memoir, Robert Gates, the eminently respected national security professional, said this of Joe Biden: “He has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” Yikes. That’s an indictment of Biden’s judgment, not just of his record. And when it comes to matters of war and peace, bad judgement can be lethal.