By Dave Andrusko
Just for fun and enlightenment, let’s add a few recent stories together and see what our reading of the tea leaves might suggest.
First, it is impossible to exaggerate how sharp the media’s knives have become. They are obsessed (no lesser word will do) to, at a minimum, defeat President Trump in 2020, and, preferably, somehow to drive him from office prior to November 3, 2020. Nothing is out of bounds.
Second, President Trump has amassed a formidable re-election machine, which is both bringing in extraordinary amounts of money for a second term campaign and identifying massive numbers of Americans who are favorably disposed to the President. The New York Times wrote about this (again) this week and bemoaned how inadequate the Democrats’ response has been.
That campaigns are now being fought largely online is hardly a revelation, yet only one political party seems to have gotten the message. While the Trump campaign has put its digital operation firmly at the center of the president’s re-election effort, Democrats are struggling to internalize the lessons of the 2016 race and adapt to a political landscape shaped by social media.
Making a bad situation (for Democrats and their media enablers) even worse, every time they assault Mr. Trump, he has, in ju-jitsu-like fashion, turned the assault to his advantage.
The Trump campaign is digitally so far in advance of any Democrat’s, Laura Edelson, identified as a researcher at New York University who tracks political advertising on Facebook, quipped it’s “like a supercar racing a little Volkswagen Bug.”
Third, as we’ve talked about since almost the day after her electoral defeat in 2016, pro-abortion maximus Hillary Clinton continues to drop hints she’s thinking about still another campaign. And whether it be Clinton, or someone else not in the race, it illustrates a truth the Democrats and the Major Media keep trying to finesse: the current crop of Democrats running for President is desperately weak.
As the newspaper of record for Democrats and the Abortion Industry, the New York Times dutifully floated trial balloons galore this week under the headline, “Anxious Democratic Establishment Asks, ‘Is There Anybody Else?’
Five paragraphs in, Jonathan Martin writes
With doubts rising about former Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s ability to finance a multistate primary campaign, persistent questions about Senator Elizabeth Warren’s viability in the general election and skepticism that Mayor Pete Buttigieg, of South Bend, Ind., can broaden his appeal beyond white voters, Democratic leaders are engaging in a familiar rite: fretting about who is in the race and longing for a white knight to enter the contest at the last minute.
But the alternatives are, to be kind, less than powerhouses. Former Secretary of State Clinton? Former Secretary of State John F. Kerry? Former Attorney General Eric Holder? Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg? Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown?
To even roll these names out makes it easy to understand why former First Lady Michelle Obama’s name periodically bobs to the surface.
And the more obvious the weaknesses of the current crop of Democrat candidate becomes, the more we will read stories just like Martin’s and the more vicious and unhinged the attacks of President Trump will become.
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