With sixty days to go before the presidential election, the extraordinary power of ordinary Americans to cancel Donald Trump is at last beginning to dominate public life. Will you and I succeed in ending the presidential double-dealing, callousness, vulgarity, and ineffectuality that we’ve had to put up with for the last four years? Game on.
The COVID epidemic and Trump’s full-throttle drive to assail the legitimacy of the election make it all the more essential that Joe Biden score an big, incontrovertible win on November 3rd. Instinct tells us what the polls barely reveal: Trump is a loser, his appeal passé. Tens of thousands of Americans are abandoning him, including many prominent people from within his own Republican party.
His outrage, his desperate rhetoric, his increasingly erratic attempts to smear the election process: Trump is behaving this way precisely because he knows he’s going down in flames.
But only we, the people, can make it official. We’ve got to vote and make sure that polling places are open and adequately staffed on Election Day. We’ve got to drive Democratic majorities to the polls. We’ve got to demonstrate enthusiastic support for Biden–put out our yard signs, dole out the swag. We’ve got to help turn out the vote for him, under circumstances that make turning out much more complicated. And we have to encourage independents and persuadable Republicans to turn out for Biden this time.
If everyone who wants Biden in the White House does something to assist him, he will emerge as the victor on Election Day.
“Counting the Vote, on November 7th, at Elephant Johnnie’s” (1876),
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