The Democratic debate between Biden and Sanders brought out one fundamental truth about the parties’ views on how to cope with the Corona virus: There is really no disagreement between them. Trump gives more emphasis to steps to prevent the spread and reduce the lethality of the virus while the Democrats emphasize mitigating the economic hardship it brings in its wake.
Different emphasis, but no real disagreement.
For the most part, Democrats do not begrudge Trump his broadband testing and travel and other restrictions to stop the virus’ spread and the Trump administration is willing to sign onto Democratic spending plans to compensate people for their economic losses.
The 363-40 margin by which the package passed the House attests to the lack of controversy.
So now there is a unique opportunity for Trump and the Republicans to triangulate and win the election in a landslide!
All Trump has to do is to say "Yes."
He just has to sign the bill emerging from Congress and then loudly proclaim that "nobody who loses his or her job because of Corona will miss a paycheck" and "nobody will lose their home or fall behind if they cannot pay their morrtgage due to the virus."
And change the language. Stop talking in programmatic terms about extending paid medical leave, school nutrition programs, and unemployment compensation.
Go beyond the programs and speak to the frightened families that depend on them. They won’t miss a paycheck or lose their house and their kids won’t miss a meal, Reassure them in simple terms.
Bring Pelosi to the White House for the bill signing. Shake her hand (or fist bump).
Whether or not Trump gets credit for the economic aid package, it will be he who enforces it. He who advertises to people to take advantage of it. He who can drill down and assure each man and woman that they will be protected against layoffs or loss of income.
He just needs to change his rhetoric.
In addition to everything he is now saying about expanding testing and quarantine to stop the spread of the virus, he just has to step up and underscore that, for once, the government is on your side and will protect you economically against ruin.
Whether you are an assemblyline worker, a waitress, or a baseball park hot dog vendor, you need not fear closures. The government will hold you harmless,
By putting all their advocacy in the economic basket on the virus, the Democrats run the risk that the president will say "Yes," stripping them of their agenda. Just as President Clinton did when he embraced welfare reform and the balanced budget, Trump can fast forward the Democratic agenda.
And they will go home.
Polls show that while about 45% approve of the job Trump is doing, about 40% disapprove of both Trump and his issue positions. But 15% disapprove of the job Trump is doing and may not vote for him, but, while they "disapprove of Trump personally, they agree with many of his issue positions."
Triangulate on Coronavirus and those votes are going to go with Trump.
There is no need to embrace the broader Democratic agenda on other points — healthcare reform, climate change, and income inequality. There are no other issues now beyond Corona. Sanders’ plea for a revolution in healthcare falls flat in light of the current crisis.
Give the Democrats what they want on Corona — and repeat it at every turn — and we will cut the ground out from under them.
Financially and fiscally, the federal government can afford such generosity for a few months.
But, this crisis will last long enough, unfortunately, for the message to sink in and to reposition Trump as a bipartisan president acting for the good of the country regardless of ideology,
DickMorris is the author of the best-selling book "Armageddon: How Trump Can Beat Hillary," written with Eileen McGann and published by Humanix Books, available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. to read more of Dick Morris's Reports — Click Here Now!
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