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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Undecided Turnips

Like every presidential election in modern memory, it's the "undecideds" that rule at the end. Daniel Henninger comments:

The undecided turnips can’t go to sleep until they resolve what the 2020 election has come down to: Is hating Trump enough? Is disapproval of a president’s personality sufficient reason to transfer power to Joe Biden and the Democratic Party?

For some, and this includes voters who admire most of Mr. Trump’s policies, the blunt answer is yes. Many of them have a personal final-straw story, for instance Mr. Trump’s shabby dismissal of former Defense Secretary and Marine Gen. Jim Mattis.

Still, elect Joe Biden? Has any candidate for the U.S. presidency ever run on less than Joe Biden this year?

Mr. Biden’s campaign has consisted almost entirely of riffing variations on the first words in his convention acceptance speech. “The current president has cloaked America in darkness for much too long,” Mr. Biden said, asserting that if voters “entrust” him with the presidency, “I will be an ally of the light, not the darkness.”

Less than two weeks from the vote, that is pretty much the four-year deal on offer from Mr. Biden: release from Donald Trump in return for “an ally of light.”

If Joe Biden is an "ally of the light" it might be best to opt for the darkness of Trump's personality and style while embracing the luminosity of his policy accomplishments. 

It all boils down to style and substance. Biden's people have worked hard to create an image of Biden that positions him as a Jimmy Stewart-like politician—a crusader for the common man, and "empathetic" leader, an honest and forthright moderate in the old school style. That's a fiction, of course, but it has convinced enough people, so it works.

The reality—exposed by this year's October surprise—is that Biden is a 47-year swamp creature, a corrupt pol who trades on access and influence to enrich himself and his family. Some would argue that all long-time politicians are corrupted and do what Biden has been caught doing ... and they might be right. But when you couple Biden's lack of ethics with a 47 year history in which he has accomplished almost nothing of substance, has made consistently bad recommendations about important policy decisions, and has a tinge of soft racist statements that should be disqualifying within the Democratic party, and then factor in his obvious cognitive disability, you have to begin to ask: Should Joe Biden be president?

That's what the "undecided turnips"—at least the ones who aren't low information voters—are asking right about now.