By Christopher Harper
As Joe Biden’s approval ratings plummet and his policies falter, the Democrats are turning to a tried-and-true strategy of promoting anxiety and fear over the delta variant of COVID-19.
The renewed imposition of mask wearing in St. Louis and other locales seems to be just a start in the election battle for 2022. Moreover, some major cities are forcing students to wear masks when school starts in the fall.
I firmly believe that the COVID coup forced Donald Trump out of office, but I don’t think the strategy will work for the upcoming election.
At the outset, it should be noted that Biden’s approval rating, according to a recent Gallup poll, fell from 56% approval to 50% in only a month. An estimated 45% disapprove of Biden’s performance, with 5% having no opinion. The poll found that 90% of Democrats, 12% of Republicans and 48% of independents approve of the job Biden is doing. His ratings among Democrats and independents are the lowest to date among those groups. See https://news.gallup.com/poll/352733/biden-approval-drops-lowest-date.aspx
As is often the case, the media have become water carriers for the Democrat strategy—as evidenced by recent stories about possible opponents.
For example, The Wall Street Journal ran a story that targeted Florida, the home of potential GOP presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis.
“Driving the rise are the delta variant, large numbers of unvaccinated, relaxation of preventive measures, and more indoor time,” the news organization reported.
The local CBS station in Miami picked up the attack by quoting a local physician. “While hospitals in our state were filling up, DeSantis was shouting about ‘Freedom over Faucism,’” said Dr. Bernard Ashby, who leads a group of Florida physicians. “If DeSantis were as concerned about stopping COVID-19 spread as he was about coming up with these clever jabs about Dr. Fauci, we might not be in this position.”
Ashby said DeSantis has bragged about Florida’s approach to handling the pandemic, but he accused the governor of being reactive and not having a plan to protect residents.
That sure sounds like the same media-fueled attack that Trump faced during the election campaign in 2020.
The article failed to acknowledge how successful DeSantis had been in dealing with COVID in comparison with other states.
But let’s be clear: The Democrats have no one other than themselves to blame for what’s happening in every aspect of American life.
As Gallup noted: “Consumers are paying higher prices for gas and other goods. Biden has also struggled to deliver on his promise of greater bipartisanship, although negotiations on an infrastructure bill continue in the Senate.”
Add to that Biden’s moves to divide rather than unite Americans over issues such as the border crisis, critical race theory, energy independence, and international affairs.
Simply put, the play toward politicizing the pandemic once again should not have much traction. That’s because Joe Biden—not Donald Trump—has been in charge.
Fool me once; shame on you! Fool me twice; shame on me!