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February 14, 2020
Will the coronavirus seal Trump's re-election?
Shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, I heard from two Democrats — one a stereotypically artsy-fartsy gay friend, the other a political science professor — how good it was that George W. Bush, rather than Al Gore, had been elected president. The professor, in fact, stated this to her whole class. The funny thing is that the class was about the rise of "post-materialist" voting patterns (think climate change voters, abortion voters, feminists, the religious right, etc.). Here we had a college prof regressing to the most material of values — national and in fact personal security and survival — and admitting that the weak Democrat whom she had voted for just ten months prior was not man enough to provide it. Instead, she and my friend found themselves looking to the tough-talking Texan daddy figure, Dubya Bush, at least for a few weeks or months, until the horror wore off. For that short window, the...(Read Full Post)