Why would wealthy Americans choose Joe Biden, a traditional liberal Democrat who stands on an outright socialist program, over Donald Trump, a tax-cutting fellow billionaire who provided an immense non-inflationary economic boom? Conrad Black in American Greatness also questions why, if 56% of voters have said they are better off now with Trump than they were for years ago, voters would not keep President Trump in office.
Yet (Trump) has been sent packing in favor of a completely unprepossessing, terribly tired, congressional political journeyman best known for plagiarizing from an unsuccessful British opposition party leader, assisting Teddy Kennedy in the character assassination of an outstanding Supreme Court nominee (Robert Bork), and subjecting another distinguished Supreme Court nominee (Clarence Thomas) to a disgraceful series of unsubstantiated allegations of lewd comments, in what Thomas described as “a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks,” and then apologizing 30 years later for that justice’s confirmation.
All readers are familiar with the spurious attempts to deprive Trump of his 2016 victory. Against this backdrop of unprecedented harassment and the relentless vilification of the president by the nation’s media and leading entertainment and sports figures—a litany that pegged the president as racist, sexist, compulsively dishonest, and incompetent—Trump did radically cut taxes, reduce regulation, practically end illegal immigration, oil imports, and unemployment, and emancipated the country from the Green Terror imposed by the international Left’s attack on capitalism from a new angle following the decisive overthrow of international communism.
The president’s policies effectively have been ratified in the congressional elections and in Republican gains in most of the states. He probably won reelection, too, but the COVID pandemic permitted the Democrats to legislate in four or five key swing states rules for postal voting, and what has become known as ballot-harvesting. Those changes, coupled with the dilatory tactics of secretaries of state in those individual states, seem to have been practically immune to judicial overthrow in the six weeks between Election Day and the identification of the members of the Electoral College for the purpose of choosing the next president and vice president.
When the Democrats looked like they were about to nominate socialist Bernie Sanders, the party elders extracted Joe Biden from the ditch where his opponents had run him and proclaimed him as the candidate. They took advantage of the COVID hysteria spread by their media allies as a justification for their nominee spending the campaign in his basement taking the odd softball question and speaking haltingly from a teleprompter.
Thus, the Democrats prevented it being a choice between Trump and Joe Biden—it was, instead, a referendum on Trump.