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Biden’s teachable moment could bring Democrats full circle on COVID-19

by W. James Antle III


Just as only Nixon could go to China, only President Joe Biden could end maximum COVID-19 caution as the default Democratic position.

Biden was elected thanks to the pandemic. Voters whose top issue was the coronavirus broke for Biden in 2020 by 66 percentage points. Those who said it was more important to contain the virus than reopen the economy went for Biden by 60. Biden was able to keep a low profile on the campaign trail and minimize gaffes while much of the country was shut down.

COVID-19 ended the period of low unemployment that was central to former President Donald Trump’s case for a second term. Public support for Trump’s management of the outbreak collapsed. Pandemic-related voting protocols proved helpful to Democratic turnout.



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