Post-Election Analysis: wsj (Saturday/Sunday, Nov. 21-22, 2020)

Self is fascinated by Joe Biden and how he pulled out the biggest GOTCHA moment of his political career. So of course she loves reading post-election analysis.

  • “Hilary Clinton was supposed to be the safer choice.” After 2016, “Democrats were fed up with moderation.” Democrats wanted “an uncompromising leftist who would take the fight to Donald Trump . . . the vast field of Democratic contenders endorsed single-payer health care and vowed to decriminalize the crossing of the southern border by undocumented immigrants.” — Yascha Mounk:

Self endorsed Elizabeth Warren and stumped for her in the San Francisco Bay Area in January 2020.

Her closest rival at the time: Bernie Sanders.

Great was self’s amazement when Joe Biden (who didn’t even have a table at the San Mateo Farmers Market, lol) won the California primary. Without hardly even campaigning in the state. At the time, self told friends: OBAMA FOR THE WIN.

But then Biden just kept rolling on and on, taking state after state. So self started thinking that Joe had a really ace campaign staff. In response to anything Clown had to throw at him, they just stuck to the game without getting distracted.

“Most pundits” wrote “the septuagenarian off as a walking anachronism, a throwback politican too old to see the way the wind was blowing. But it turned out that Mr. Biden understood the Democratic electorate much better than his rivals.

Yascha Mounk, wsj Saturday/Sunday, November 21-22, 2020

On the Republican side, Donald Trump found an opening: the wooing of “older, non-college-educated voters living in less-diverse small towns.” (How he found them is, to self, a big mystery. The biggest. Because he never went to less-diverse small towns unless it had potential for a Trump resort. Oh wait, it’s not a mystery: he found them on Twitter)

Capitalizing on that demographic, he ran “to the right on immigration to win the GOP nomination and then, in the general election,” he rejected “conservative orthodoxy on Social Security, Medicare and free trade.” So he zigged and he zagged with the adroitness of a slippery con artist.

He was very good, it turned out, on thinking up campaign slogans (not so good on the follow-through). Who cares? He was President.

Can you believe half the American electorate in 2016 voted FOR TRUMP as the “lesser of two evils”?

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

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