ON 2020 ELECTION ISSUES
distractions and lies are major components of the Trump campaign,
e.g.: “I am taking hydroxychloroquine,” Obamagate, mass
firings of the federal government’s Inspector Generals, the
recent firing of the U.S. Postmaster, etc. These strategies are
designed to focus the media on issues that Trump deems important,
and they are working.
Attorney General Stooge, Bill Barr, is having a hard time keeping up
with his boss’s extralegal and political demands--the
withdrawal of Gen. Michael Flynn’s guilty plea, investigations
of Obama and Biden and their administration’s officials,
indictments of FBI officials and an investigation of the department.
Barr is trying to hold on to his reputation.
Trump’s aforementioned miscues, Biden has been unable to
capitalize on them in a significant way. Although he leads Trump in
the polls in several battleground states, most leads are not outside
the margin of error.
Biden’s decision on his female choice for vice president nears
its conclusion, Stacey Abrams is being heavily criticized for not
having enough political experience to assume that role. In essence,
she is being questioned in the same way as was NBA Hall of Famer,
Allen Iverson, in the 1990s for missing practice, and Barack Obama
during his first presidential run.
U.S. Sen. Barack Obama was negatively critiqued in 2007 when he
announced his run for the presidency. Interestingly, some of his
most ardent opponents were his fellow African American politicians.
Of the 42 black members of the
House at that time, 17 were behind Obama, 16 were with Clinton, two
were with Sen. John Edwards (D-NC), and seven remained uncommitted.
They all stated or implied that he lacked the necessary
experience—that he didn’t have enough political practice.
opponent Hillary Clinton’s most vocal black supporters were
Reps John Lewis (D-GA), Charley Rangel (D-NY), and former National
Urban League President, D.C. powerbroker, and longtime Bill Clinton
backer Vernon Jordan. Civil rights leader and former U.N. Ambassador
Andrew Young said that Obama was too “young
and that “…
Bill (Clinton) is every bit as black as Barack (Obama).”
of the most exacting, subtle attacks on Obama occurred during his
April 2007 appearance before the National Association of Black
Journalists in Chicago. He was grilled in more than a dozen ways
over an hour as to whether he was ‘black enough’ to
represent the African American community. This was due in part due
to his having a white mother and private school and Ivy League
is currently being subjected to similar appraisals, with the
exception of whether she is black enough. Rep. William Lacy Clay
(D-MO) has called Abram’s public efforts to become Biden’s
vice presidential pick to be a political hustle that he finds
offensive. But Clay sees no problem with his having ascended to his
Congressional seat because his father William Clay Sr. handed it off
to him after holding it for 20 years.
Biden and his key advisors are not persuaded by Abrams’s black
adversaries from seriously considering her to join his ticket. He
needs a sober assessment of the contemporary politics surrounding his
he needs to understand that irrespective of national polls, his
campaign is currently in disarray. His virtual outreach to his
supporters has been dogged by video glitches, and his digital
operation is still a promissory note. For the past two months,
Biden’s campaign team has repeatedly stated that it is on its
way to being up and running.
has also been inconsistent in responding to Trump’s ongoing
lies and missteps during the COVID-19 disaster, and he appears to
lack a war room with a rapid response capability. Biden is still
hiring essential staff to run an election that is now less than 180
days away. Meanwhile, Trump is in full campaign stride and has
stockpiled a number of negative ads to throw at Biden—attacking
him personally, his son Hunter, and other family members.
Biden campaign’s Latinx outreach remains in the planning
process to the consternation of Latinx politicians and grassroots
leaders. If Biden is to have any chance of carrying Arizona, Texas,
Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina, an historic turnout of Latinx,
African American, and other minority voters will be essential.
Biden’s get-out-the-vote (GOTV) operation in those states is
also seriously lacking.
enduring distress point is the overall lack of enthusiasm (56
percent) for Biden within his Democratic base as compared to the
prodigious enthusiasm (80 percent) for Trump within his Republican
base. Biden’s lead among women is also shrinking. And nearly
80 percent of Independents believe Tara Reade’s sexual assault
allegation against him—which places him at a disadvantage with
that voting demographic.
of the above challenges call for Biden to have a vice presidential
partner who can actually help turn out a cross-section of voters in
the battleground states, one who already has connections and a track
record. Of the four leading contenders to get the nod, according to
a national poll of registered Democratic voters, Sens. Kamala Harris
(D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Stacey
Abrams (D-GA), only Abrams has the background and record to deliver.
was not viable in her home state during the presidential primary;
Klobuchar lacks name recognition on the national stage; and Warren
could not win her own state in the primary, and the public tired of
her numerous plans. Furthermore, Abrams won more Democratic votes in
a gubernatorial election than any Democrat in the history of Georgia.
than Abrams, not one of the other three can motivate African
American, Latinx, Asian, and Native American voters to turn out at
any level approaching Obama-type numbers. She already has an active
ground game in the 18 battlefield states which will decide the
election. Her Fair Fight and Fair Count organizations,
designed to promote voting rights and voter equity, will be important
components of a successful Biden presidential race. Choosing her
would not endanger the Democrats’ efforts to win back the
is in dire need of a black female running partner who can help turn
out the black female and overall black vote if he is to triumph on
November 3rd. Biden cannot win without one, and the only
black woman who can help him do that is Stacey Abrams.
Democrats again appear fixated on competency and the wrongheaded
belief that the public is fed up with Trump’s boorish and
dictatorial behavior, the same na´ve view that led Hillary to
defeat in 2016. They again refuse to believe that Trump is a
formidable rival, and that he will do anything to prevail.
are not prepared for the depths that he will go to beat them.