That’s right, hard as it is to believe, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, backed by Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and just about every Democratic Senate colleague, demanded that the national coronavirus rescue package include airline emission standards. Really? With much of the U.S. in isolation and shutdown due to coronavirus, the rescue package needs to include Airline Emission Standards?
Biden Parrots Pelosi’s Talking Points
Joe Biden, presumptive Democrat presidential nominee, responded with a dispiriting “slush fund” response. From Biden: “We can’t let Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell hold small businesses, workers, and communities hostage until they get their no-strings corporate bailout.”
Biden’s major sell as presumptive nominee is being the adult in the room. Notes Daniel Henninger in the WSJ, unlike Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, Joe understands the “necessity of a functioning private sector.”
Leading from Behind
But if leading from behind is what (a) Biden presidential leadership would look like, we should skip it and let Speaker Pelosi run the country from Capitol Hill.
Who Is Left?
Who’s left is the president we’ve got, the one elected in 2016. With Democrats bailing out on bipartisanship in a unique circumstance, the responsibility of national leadership—a historic opportunity—defaults to Mr. Trump.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have self-isolated from what the American people want from Washington now. With the rescue package finished, if they choose to stay small, let them.
Praise everyone else—from factory workers to supermarket employees risking disease to keep the rest of us fed.
No Rallies Necessary
If by September Mr. Trump and his team are bringing the U.S. through the threat from this pandemic, he will be re-elected. Without a single rally.
Rallying a nation is what gets presidents remembered.
P.S. In the Age of Coronavirus: a Homemade Throat Sanitizer.
P.P.S. If you can’t find hand-sanitizer, you can make your own.