21 days until the Election. What are we learning?

By Dave Andrusko

Each time I write that the Biden-loving, Trump-hating Major Media can’t sink any lower, it’s not 24 hours later that I am proven wrong. For the most part, because they are so ugly, I will skip the specifics of what are classic examples of the media trying to poison the well and dampen turnout for President Donald Trump.

By contrast, everything that pro-abortion former Vice President Joe Biden does, including legendary verbal gaffes is either ignored (almost entirely) or converted into a sign of strength and/or virtue (he’s rusty because he has been nestled away in a bunker for months). 

When Mr. Biden finally condescends to give a sort-of answer to the question “Where are you on packing the Supreme Court?,” he answers vaguely but in a manner that strongly suggests he hews to his party’s talking point. That is, “court packing” is not about adding another couple of justices to the Supreme Court (which has not occurred  since the middle of the 19th Century), which is what Democrats have been talking about for months, even years. 

Instead, in their upside down logic, “court packing” is a conservative President nominating conservative judges to the Supreme Court, women and men who believe (as Judge Amy Coney Barrett said of her mentor Justice Scalia’s philosophy) that  “A judge must apply the law as it is written, not as she wishes it were.” 

Get it? Presidents who do not believe the Constitution can be expanded, accordion-like, by discovering “rights” tucked away in penumbras and emanations, nevertheless ought to nominate jurists who believe in a “living Constitution.”

By comparison, consider President Trump who was on fire last night in a dazzling display of pure energy and enthusiasm at a rally in Florida. (He is in Pennsylvania, another key “Battleground state,” tonight.) If you believe CNN—but why would you?—“aides” are “worried” he is overworking himself. 

Inaccurate and made-up as it is describing President Trump, no one—friend or foe—would ever accuse Mr. Biden of over-working.

What follows are headlines and additional background.

*“The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday  shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove” –Rasmussen Reports

*“Robert C. Cahal: Our new @trafalgar_group#2020Election #Battleground State #PApoll conducted Oct 10-12 shows Biden leading with 47.4%, 45.1% Trump, Jorgensen 3.1%,  2.6% all others, 1.6%  undecided”—Trafalgar Group

*“Why Trump could win Michigan again”Nolan Finley

And

*“Reporter: ‘56% of Americans said that they are better off today than they were 4 years ago under the Obama-Biden administration. Why should they vote for you?’ Biden: ‘Well if they think that, they probably shouldn’t.’” Mr. Biden, while in Cincinnati on Monday.

As I’ve said many times, I learn from Rasmussen Reports because they poll daily. In spite of a ramping up of an already vicious attack against him, President Trump’s approval ratings continue to float between 46% and 52%.

The Trafalgar Report is supposedly Republican leaning, but consider this. “During the 2016 United States presidential election, Trafalgar Group was the only polling firm showing Donald Trump winning the state of Michigan, which he ultimately did, and –-according to RealClearPolitics — ‘nearly the only’ one correctly predicting Trump’s win in Pennsylvania.” So when they report today that Biden’s advantage in Pennsylvania has shrunk to a little over 2 points that is very much worth noting.

What about Michigan? CNN asked Nolan Finley, the Editorial Page Editor of The Detroit News, for his take. If Biden is ahead by 6-8 points, why/how could President Trump win? 

“Black voters still aren’t as excited as they were when Biden was on the ticket with Barack Obama.” What else, according to Finley? 

“Democrats in Michigan are also hurt by the disarray in the once politically potent United Auto Workers union, which has served as the Democratic Party’s get-out-the-vote engine. … Industrial workers in general are expected to break for Trump in Michigan.” (That last line is extremely important.)

The GOP is very optimistic. “‘Internal Republican polling has the race dead even,’ explained GOP strategist Saul Anuzis to me. ‘The general environment is as good or better as it’s ever been for Republicans at this point in the cycle.’ Democrats must be seeing some truth in that claim.”

One more quote. “Anuzis, who believes Trump will perform better in Michigan than he did in 2016, rightly describes this as a turnout election.  ‘Whoever does the better job of motivating their voters will win,’ he says.”

So, contrary to the dominant narrative, President Trump is very competitive in Pennsylvania and Michigan, two states crucial to his re-election bid.

Final thought. Mr. Biden had an extremely difficult day yesterday. It’s enough to say merely that the more times he confuses what state he is in or what office he is running for, the more questions fair-minded people will have.

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