Friday, August 21, 2020
Reflections on the 2020 Democratic National Convention and the Biden-Harris Ticket
I didn’t watch it so you can take anything I write with a grain of salt, but I read about it and saw excerpts. The themes seem to be 1) Reunite the Obama Coalition: minorities, progressive whites, public employee unions (except law enforcement), professionals and suburban women; Push class warfare and victimization. 2) Crucify Trump; hand Coronavirus around his neck. That’ easy to do with the economy in the tank. Remember Michelle Obama’s classic phrase: “When they go low, we go high.” She and Barack spent about a half hour going low; 3) Form over substance; by no means go onto details of your proposals. 4) Preach moderation; ignore the campaign statements, DNC Platform and the daily workshops, espousing collectivism, Marxism, open borders, defunding the police, banning fracking and fossil fuels, the Green New Deal, Medicare for all, including illegal immigrants, trillion dollar tax I creases, and government control. No Law and Order. Ignore the Democratic cities blowing up: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, New York City, Portland, and Seattle. No denouncing the rioters, looters, and torchers. Finally, forget the electrical blackouts in California. 5) Try a catchable phrase. Senator Obama had two: “Yes, we can!”/”Si, se puede!” and “Hope and Change,” which became Hope for Change four years ago. The Vice President’s phrase is “I will be an ally of the light, not the darkness.” 6) Flood the venue with a sea of Americans flags, but don’t mention standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. 7) Keep Vice President Biden in the basement except for reading prepared speeches on a teleprompter. That will work as long as the Vice President has a large lead in the polls, but the lead is shrinking; 8) Remember Leonid Brezhnev and the fall of the Soviet Union. The USSR was dying from economic stagnation and corruption, including his immediate family, during his 18 year rule. His successors were Yuri Andropov (15 months) and Konstantin Chernenko (13 months). They were dying and in the case of Konstantin “out of it. Their successor was Mikhail Gorbachev, lost it all; 9) Emulate the Hillary Clinton Campaign by trotting out Hollywood celebrities; 10) Celebrities and politicos. Where were the working people of America? 11) The Gender Gap; 12) The Democrat insurance policy. Stuff the ballot boxes on and after November 3 with ballot harvesting.