Thursday, April 23, 2020

Family Ties

The Lincoln Project is a political action committee formed in late 2019 by prominent Never Trump Republicans George Conway, Reed Galen, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver, and Rick Wilson. It has been dedicated to defeating Donald Trump's re-election bid and has released a few videos in the last few months.

Now that Joe Biden is the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee, the group has penned an op-ed in The Washington Post in which it argues

Unlike Trump, Biden is not an international embarrassment, nor does he demonstrate malignant narcissism. A President Biden will steady the ship of state and begin binding up the wounds of a fractured country. We have faith that Biden will surround himself by advisers of competence, expertise and wisdom, not an endless parade of disposable lackeys.

That's entirely accurate other than the "binding up the wounds of a fractured country" bit.  If Trump is defeated, the burn it down ethos will prevail in a Republican Party which is in no mood now, and would be in no mood then, to give a Democratic President any help in creating "a truly united America."

As long as there is a GOP bearing any resemblance to the one of at least the past dozen years, there will not be the "epiphany" Joe Biden dreams of. The members of the Lincoln Project continue to belong to that same party whose divide and conquer strategy has been directed not only to the opposing party but to Americans unfortunate not to belong to Society of Super Rich Individuals.

But it is an advantage that they remain part of the Republican Party. While the chance they will convince voters that "the nation cannot afford another four years of chaos, duplicity and Trump’s reality distortion" is limited, it is greater than it would be if they had switched parties.

Moreover, because The Lincoln Project is not part of the Biden campaign, it can produce videos which might be risky emanating from the candidate's own people. And it now has done so with the following:

Traditionally, criticizing a member of a rival candidate's family has been dangerous. But Donald Trump has erased this norm and he has so many others. There is a reason Republicans have tried to turn Hunter Biden into a scandal, to blow out of proportion his questionable behavior in joining the Board of Directors of Burisma Holdings.

Moreover, Mainland China's culpability in SARS-CoV-2 cannot be wished away or ignored.  Trump supporters already have been playing the China card, and they're going to play it for all its worth.

Playing defense will not work for Democrats, whether in the matter of corrupt family activities- infinitely greater with the Trumps than with the Bidens- nor with China. Supporters of the Biden candidacy cannot be squeamish about attacking Donald Trump on both scores and "Making China Great Again" is a great first step.

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