We warned you, weeks ago. That the compliant, complicit media, having terrified all America into cowed submission, would greet tentative attempts at reopening America with endless, alarming reports on coronavirus resurgence.
That they were helping Democrats achieve a perverse utopia via COVID-19: accruing more power on government’s part – and greater dependency on yours.
That whereas everyday citizens desperately pray for the coronavirus nightmare to end, progressives will never relinquish this dream of universal Nanny State addiction cum control.
And that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would be back with demands for more stimulus checks, rich unemployment benefits, dollars to shovel at failing businesses, overburdened hospitals – hence, the “HEROES Act” – and goodies for favored constituencies.
Having warned you of all that, we’re back too. Not with another warning – but a particularly unwelcome declaration.
With the coronavirus in their corner, it’s all over: The Resistance has won.
And is gleefully looking ahead to President Pelosi (you really thought Sleepy Joe would run things?) controlling the levers of both congressional chambers and the White House to enact Democrats’ vision of an “FDR-“ – read “AOC-“ – size future.
Why? First, the old public relations and political axiom: if you’re explaining, you’re losing.
Where one side makes wild, unsustainable but simple-to-grasp and on-their-face credible attacks that appeal to emotions – and stick like glue. And the other struggles to reason its way free.
No one ever sticks around for the explanation.
This commentator has already seen a foretaste in online super PAC ads of how things will go for Donald Trump and Republicans between now and November.
Soon, the coronavirus body count will cross a public pain threshold – 100,000 – and continue to climb. With the drumbeat ever louder behind the Democratic and progressive narrative: Trump was too slow to respond. Too fast to reopen. And too bumbling in between.
The president and his allies keep striving to explain: China travel shutdown. Tony Fauci and Pelosi pooh-poohing, “Nothing to worry about.” Rush orders of ventilators and personal protective equipment. Hospital ships. A vaccine Manhattan Project. How the huge death toll is actually driven by New York state, under media hero Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his nursing home fiasco.
No dice. Because no amount of explication overcomes a message as simple and powerful as: “It’s Trump’s fault.”
Meanwhile, the Coronavirus Collapse has cost more than 36 million jobs. The grim daily news: small businesses gasping, entire industries threatened, communities becoming ghost towns, household name companies bankrupt. Easy to pin on the president: it happened on his watch.
Trump insists he’ll get America booming again. Sorry. Given the cataclysmic plunge in demand, social distancing limiting capacity, and paralyzing fear of viral rebound – with a still-scared majority considering protecting public health more important than resuscitating commerce – there’s no quick way to reverse the economic disaster. Or cheerlead it away.
But ah! – conservatives exclaim: OBAMAGATE! Perjury traps. Withheld evidence. Oval Office conspiracy meetings. Unmasking. Edited 302s. Leaks, lies and more lies. And John Durham poised to blow things open and indict everyone in sight. Any day now. Really.
Get real. The deck is so stacked for The Resistance that Bill Barr still can’t even get the demonstrably wronged Michael Flynn off the hook.
There’s a reason no one’s heard from Durham yet: corruption cases are hard to make, and harder to win. Ask insufferable James Comey, insolent Andy McCabe and smug Peter Stzrok – all indictment-free amid Everests of evidence.
Listen carefully: nothing – nada, nix, zilch, zero, zip – will turn the tide on the “scandal” front between now and November. The wheels of injustice grind too slowly.
The last reason The Resistance has won? Because the keys to the kingdom are now firmly in the iron grip of powerful, petty, mostly blue-state tyrants who’ll never let go.
Is there any hope of meaningful revival with ignitions stuck at “off” in key economic engines: California, New York, Michigan, Illinois and Virginia? And public health bureaucrats now omnipotent potentates at every level? Fuhgeddaboudit.
Read the tea leaves. The president’s down in every poll nationally, and in most battleground states in RealClearPolitics averages, despite facing off against a two-time presidential loser who appears perpetually ready to dribble his oatmeal down his shirt and sounds worse. The “generic ballot” massively favors Democrats. Stir in possible universal “vote harvesting” (manufacturing), which always favors them.
It only gets worse from here. Because on the Virus Body Count and the Shutdown Slowdown, the Truman Dictum is escapable: the buck stops at the Resolute Desk.
The view here: voters – fairly or not – will hold Trump and Republicans accountable for what has happened during his administration. It comes with the territory. And among the coronavirus carnage, The Resistance has already risen triumphant.
Bob Maistros is a messaging and communications strategist, crisis specialist and former political speechwriter. He can be reached at email@example.com.