WJ Astore: Trump and Biden are literally tired old men, not in age alone, but more importantly in how they view the world. There’s nothing fresh or original about them.
W.D. Astore: Perhaps this coronaviral moment is the perfect time to consider what it would mean for us to go truly big, but without the usual hubris or those disastrous invasions of foreign countries.
WJ Astore: Capitalism is America’s true national religion, and money is our god. Our leaders make decisions consistent with that belief system.
WJ Astore: You can’t “spin” the virus away with false information and happy talk. And this is precisely why President Trump (and indeed many other politicians) is uniquely unqualified to handle this crisis.
WJ Astore: In the spirit of trickle-down economics, expect a few drops of assistance to the poor and buckets-full of support for the rich.
WJ Astore: So as we face a global pandemic, a calamity we haven’t faced since the Spanish Flu of 1918-20, our main choices for leadership are Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Both, in their own way, befuddled figureheads.
WJ Astore: Biden is now faking that he’s sensitive to progressive concerns. But like Hillary he’ll run to the right if he wins the nomination. And, like Hillary, he’ll lose to Trump.
WJ Astore: If serious people think Biden may not have the physical and mental endurance to perform well in a staged political conversation, how can we possibly believe he is fit enough to be president for four years?
WJ Astore: If anything, a threat like COVID-19 should remind us of our common humanity. We are all vulnerable, and the smart way to meet this threat is to remain calm, to work together, and to listen to the experts.
WJ Astore: If we were electing a man (or woman for that matter) to our local school board, and if he were pushing 80 and becoming less articulate, and various “handlers” for this candidate were trying to limit his public exposure, we’d probably vote for a different candidate.
Biden has never done well running for president — until these last eight days, when victory in South Carolina led the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to go “all-in” on him.
WJ Astore: Last night’s election results show a big delegate haul for Joe Biden, as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) conspired to eliminate Biden’s main challengers for the “moderate” vote, Mayor Pete and Amy Klobuchar.
WJ Astore: I still think the dream ticket for the DNC is Biden/Harris. And it’s a guaranteed loser as well. But who cares about winning, right? As long as Bernie Sanders’s attempt to mobilize the people is defeated. That is “winning” for the DNC.