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Five days until the first Trump-Biden debate

by | Sep 24, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

Each day we’ve had a countdown to November 3. There are now 40 days until the General Election.

We could also have had a countdown to the first debate between pro-life President Donald Trump and pro-abortion former vice president Joe Biden. In five days they will meet on the health-education campus of Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic for the first one-on-one matchup of the general election.

Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush, wrote about it today under the headline, “Here We Go Again: Debates Start Tuesday” [https://www.rove.com/article/9-24-20-wsj]. He made some very interesting observations.

He began with what does seem like a truism. Incumbents, for whatever reason—over-confidence on their part, or a lack of demands  on the challenger who has more time to prepare—don’t fare well in the first debate. I seriously doubt that President Trump will fall into that trap.

And “Usually, though, debates tend to harden trends already present in the race.” Operative word is “usually.” Mr. Biden, while not out of mind, has been out of sight. Beginning next Tuesday, the public will be able to judge for itself whether  he is up to the job—whether “campaigning” from his basement was out of a super-abundance of caution or because he is no longer good on his feet.

Moreover the “trends” are changing before our very eyes. As we’ve discussed for much of 2020, almost the entirety of the Establishment Media hates President Trump. They can hide Mr. Biden’s flaws but they can’t run from the truth: President Trump is coming on like gangbusters.

Finally, “Expectations also matter,” Rove writes. “Each camp should lower them for its candidate and raise them for its opponent.”

Well….of course….sort of. What makes President Trump such a genuinely unique President—and campaigner and debater—is that he does not follow the script. He trusts his instincts.

The President understands that if he doesn’t force the issue—doesn’t set the agenda—it will be set for him by reporters and columnists and editorial page writers who compare him (unfavorably) to Attila the Hun. He must set the table, or the entire Abortion/Media/Hollywood complex will be given free rein to destroy him.

And that is not about to change. Donald John Trump has been running circles around the media since he first got into the race for President. 

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