The Democrats have already approached the pandemic from a very selfish angle. They want to know how it is going to benefit them and it’s ghoulish to say the least. We are here to let them know that they are worried about the wrong things entirely. For example, they seem to have some weird idea in their heads about President Trump refusing to leave the White House on the off chance he loses the election.
This is rich coming from the same people who hatched the narrative about Trump not even wanting to live in the White House in the first place. Did he call the White House “a dump”, as the Democrats claimed? Or is he going to throw a tantrum and demand to say forever? These two narratives exist in total opposition to each other.
Unfortunately for the Democrats, this is not the only thing that they have to worry about. They are now terrified that the economic collapse won’t be as serious as they expected. This would give the president a chance to rebound from what has already taken place. It’s not his competition has been able to set the world on fire.
Biden is too busy needling the few African-Americans who are still willing to vote for him by questioning their blackness. Sure, he might be able to snag Val Demings or Stacey Abrams as a vice presidential candidate but we are going to go ahead and call this election before it even arrives. He hasn’t been able to position himself for victory. We cannot see that changing anytime soon.
Harvard professor Jason Furman is leading the charge. He believes that the economy will boom once again as soon as the stay at home orders are lifted. This seems to be a common belief among but its level of truthfulness remains to be seen. There are sure to be many people who simply are not comfortable with the idea of taking risks, even when they are told that it will be safe for them to head back outside.
“We are about to see the best economic data we’ve seen in the history of this country,” he said…
Instead of forecasting a prolonged Depression-level economic catastrophe, Furman laid out a detailed case for why the months preceding the November election could offer Trump the chance to brag — truthfully — about the most explosive monthly employment numbers and gross domestic product growth ever…
Furman’s counterintuitive pitch has caused some Democrats, especially Obama alumni, around Washington to panic. “This is my big worry,” said a former Obama White House official who is still close to the former president. Asked about the level of concern among top party officials, he said, “It’s high — high, high, high, high.”
And top policy officials on the Biden campaign are preparing for a fall economic debate that might look very different than the one predicted at the start of the pandemic in March. “They are very much aware of this,” said an informal adviser.
If Furman is correct, the months leading up to the election would provide Trump with ample opportunity to brag about fixing the economy. Even a former White House official who worked with the Obama administration says that the level of worry among the Democrats is very high. It’s almost like they know that they have no chance of being able to win the election straight up.
They need for the nation to be in tumult during this time to even have a fighting chance. That’s what happens when you pick candidates like Joe “you ain’t black” Biden. When your chances are this slim, you essentially need to root for continued economic downturn. This is the corner that the Democrats have backed themselves into and we have no idea if they are ever going to be able to get back out.
Furman’s prediction is based on the idea that the economy experiences similar downturns during a natural disaster. While communities are forced to shut down in these instances, they experience a rapid bounce back once they are able to open again. This is what he and the president are both banking on at the moment.
Meanwhile, there are those who believe that Trump will easily win, even if the economy does not have the chance to bounce back. The Democrats are going to be in a weird position between now and November. Now that they have cast their lot with Biden, they are left to hope that the economy does not have too much of an upswing.
“In absolute terms, the economy will look historically terrible come November,” said Kenneth Baer, a Democratic strategist who worked in a senior role at the Office of Management and Budget under Obama. “But relative to the depths of April, it will be on an upswing — 12 percent unemployment, for example, is better than 20, but historically terrible. On Election Day, we Democrats need voters to ask themselves, ‘Are you better off than you were four years ago?’ Republicans need voters to ask themselves, ‘Are you better off than you were four months ago?’”
It’s an odd place for any political party to be in. Americans should definitely be looking at them sideways for the foreseeable future. All Trump needs to do is wait for the upswing to take place. From there, he can start to take credit for the economy that he was responsible for building before the coronavirus outbreak took all of that away from him.