ON 2020 ELECTION ISSUES
Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has a bill on his desk which eliminates
hospital liability for implementation of Do Not Attempt to
Resuscitate (DNAR) orders by its medical staff, without family
input, which was spearheaded by lobbyists for Hackensack Meridian
Health, a hospital system which serves the largest share of the
state’s African American and Hispanic patients.
Gov. Murphy sign the bill, his decision may affect his 2021
reelection bid as his overwhelming support from these minority
voters in 2017 was decisive to his victory, and many of them will be
dead or will withdraw their backing.
are further victimized by the coronavirus because of their
geographical proximity to environmental toxins—lead, air
pollution, spillover from chemical plants, etc.—that weaken
their immune systems, making them more susceptible to COVID-19.
American Surgeon General Jerome Adams has yet to release the details
of the Trump administration’s plan to address the
disproportionate rate of infections and deaths in the minority
community from the pandemic that were promised last week other than
to urge “big momma, Aquela, granddaddy,” in
reference to African Americans and Hispanics, not to smoke, drink
alcohol, or do drugs as a response to the coronavirus in a crass and
insulting attempt to relate to these populations.
careful analysis of documents from the Trump administration has
shown that Trump played politics from January 29, 2020 until now in
an effort to prop up the U.S economy and the stock market, and to
improve his reelection possibilities.
persists in his falsehoods about the availability of personal
protective equipment (PPE) despite the urgent daily requests for
masks, gowns, gloves, and protective shields from nurses, doctors,
and other medical personnel that we see on national TV networks with
our own “lying eyes.”
Republican and Democratic electorate, according to recent polls, is
beginning to tire of Trump’s daily clown show that he is
addicted to because of its high ratings, not realizing that most
viewers find it comical and offensive.
Biden is finally alone in the political arena with Donald Trump in a
pitched battle for the presidency of the United States. After a
tough primary fight in which he sprinted to victory after a slow
start, he is now lacing on the gloves for a battle royal for the
political heavyweight championship of our nation. In order to win,
he must overcome the following challenges to his campaign.
Enthusiasm: At present, Trump is far outdistancing Biden in
terms of voter interest among their respective political bases.
Trump regularly feeds his most passionate supporters with a steady
diet of misogynistic attacks on the press, anti-immigrant,
anti-minority, and xenophobic tropes that appeal to their economic
fears and prejudices. He leads Biden by 25 points--49 percent to 24
percent--and climbing, with his daily mini-campaign rallies via his
so-called COVID-19 updates.
apparently believes that he does not have to generate voter fervor
other than to be reliable Uncle Joe. That will not be nearly enough
as he approaches a critical period for engaging his core voters. He
should use the remaining Democratic primaries, especially those in
2020 swing states—Georgia,
electoral votes will likely determine who wins the presidency.
Biden campaign needs to register and digitally target Democratic
voters in these states. It must immediately collaborate with local
activists and solicit Michael Bloomberg to use his Hawkfish digital
platform to contact Democratic voters throughout the country. The
Democratic base and other persuadable voters need to be revved up for
Presidential Running Mate:
This will be one of Biden’s quintessential decisions as he
prepares to face Trump. He will need an individual who can excite
the Democratic base and who “…
boost enthusiasm among voters that crosses racial, gender and age
demographics — precisely the areas Joe Biden needs to bolster.”
person will also need to possess the ability serve as a gaffe
deflector as Biden is prone to malapropisms and other misstatements.
vice presidential selection needs to have name recognition, be able
to hit the ground running, have verbal facility, be able to vanquish
Mike Pence in the lone vice presidential debate, and be comfortable
in the arena. Like Lyndon Baines Johnson for JFK, Al Gore for
Clinton and Biden himself for Obama, she (Biden has already committed
to choosing a woman) must bring something to the party. A poor
choice could doom his candidacy.
Currently, Biden and the Democratic National Committee have
approximately $20 million on hand as compared to $225 million for
Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee, a 10:1 ratio.
Even though Biden has a few independent Super PACs supporting him,
they are dwarfed by those supporting Trump. Biden needs to step up
his fundraising as Trump’s benefactors are preparing a
financial tsunami to drown him with a steady series of negative ads.
is the mothers’ milk of politics, and Biden had best start
pumping it soon in order to launch a winning strategy to wrest the
White House from Trump. Hopefully, his fortunes will improve
dramatically in the wake Obama’s full-throated endorsement last
Tuesday. Perhaps Obama can twist the arms of mega-donors who have
been reluctant to contribute because they felt Biden was a weak
for GOTV: The Biden campaign’s most urgent need is to
develop an effective get-out-the-vote apparatus. The Republicans
have already pursued voter roll purges in Wisconsin and elsewhere and
are furiously moving voting polls out of communities with high
Democratic and minority turnout in battleground states. The COVID-19
pandemic will continue to be used as a voter suppression tactic as it
was in the April 7th Wisconsin primary when the Republicans went to
the U.S. Supreme Court to hold it after the Democratic governor
cancelled it at the last minute.
County, Wisconsin Judge Jill Karosky, a Democrat, was able to prevail
by a 120,000 vote margin in her upset defeat of the incumbent
right-wing Wisconsin State Supreme Court Justice, Daniel Kelly, a
Republican, who was heavily backed by Trump.
will be critical in what will probably be a razor-thin presidential
election although Trump’s continuing mishandling of the
coronavirus crisis could result in his landslide defeat, but only if
Biden gets that message out.
could prove to be Trump or Biden’s downfall if either is able
to place the blame on the other. Biden has the current advantage,
and he must use it.
of TV Ads: While Trump will throw tons of political dirt Biden’s
way, all Biden has to do is speak the truth. There are enough clips
of Trump’s lies and contradictions about the pandemic and other
major public policy issues that a systematic sequencing of political
ads with a voice over contrasting Biden’s alternatives would
resonate with the voting public.
position as a truth teller could prove to be an invaluable asset if
such ads are run continuously and updated as Trump perseveres in his
fabrications and distractions. By doing this in a calm and
empathetic manner that the nation sorely needs at this time could
give Biden the gravitas that citizens desire in a time of uncertainty
are the key challenges Joe Biden must tackle successfully if he is to
remove the Donald Trump virus from the White House. Our democracy
depends on it.