Trump will still have to answer for whether he has delivered on his campaign promises. His corporate tax cut was signed into law, but the border wall remains largely unbuilt. His tariffs have yet to produce a major breakthrough with China, whose president Trump now hesitates to criticize. The endless wars keep humming along even though it is now obvious what those lost trillions could have bought at home. Instead of struggling to come up with a bipartisan infrastructure program, we are struggling to come up with enough protective face masks for medical workers.
Fortunately for Trump, he isn’t running against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who was well positioned to make these arguments against the president’s record but ultimately proved too radical even for Democratic voters. Trump’s opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, is an apologist for the pre-Trump bipartisan status quo on trade and foreign policy, and has many of the same vulnerabilities Clinton did four years ago.
But given what is going on in the country at the moment, the pre-Trump status quo might sound pretty good to a lot of voters.