There’s been a recurring theme among a lot of conservative social media voices this year that seems to drive liberals and their media allies into a foam-at-the-mouth frenzy. It’s the suggestion that many Democrats and progressives are actually rooting for the pandemic shutdowns and the resultant economic retraction to last as long as possible, preferably until November. Why? Because a bad economy tends to make people sour on the party in power and if the public can be convinced that this was somehow all Donald Trump’s fault, or at least that he didn’t do enough to solve the problem, they will be more inclined to vote him out of office. And just for the record, that’s really not a far-fetched theory at all.
But it’s also not something they tend to come right out and say, either. That’s why I was somewhat startled when I was flipping through my newsfeed this morning and saw the title of this op-ed in the USA Today from Democratic activist and president of the Democratic super PAC American Bridge 21st Century, Bradley Beychok. The piece boasted the headline, “Trump’s last line of defense is the economy. Biden and Democrats must knock it down.”
To borrow a meme-worthy tag line from George Takei… Oh, my! So in order to defeat Donald Trump in November, Democrats (and Uncle Joe) must “knock down the economy?” Somehow I’m not sure if that messaging pitch was put through any focus groups. But that can’t really be what he’s saying, right? Let’s take a look and see.