For the sake of expediency, it’s a fool’s errand to keep up with the current stock market panic sell off but the reaction to the COVID-19 virus is one of those crises too good for Democrats to waste in a presidential election year where a formerly booming economy was President Trump’s best selling point.
“We have updated our economic forecast and now project the U.S. economy to enter a sharp, albeit short-lived recession,” the economists said in a note.
— “Wells Fargo economists”, 3/16/20
The Coronavirus has also provided the usual partisans the self-perceived cover to say what’s really on their minds.
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So, who really could benefit from the current state of affairs?
China (COVID-19 ground zero) is not a friend of the United States. Especially after having to swallow President Trump’s trade deal meant to end the decades of one-sided negotiations by fat-and-comfortable diplomats at the expense of the American consumer and our intellectual property.
Trump used tariffs as a negotiating tactic, meant to hurt China’s economy and pressure Beijing to agree to a new trade deal that addresses unfair trade practices, such as intellectual property theft and forced technology transfers. That’s a goal that business leaders across the country, as well as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree on.
— CNN, 1/14/20
China has suffered as a result of a more even playing field and a suspicious timing of unleashing of a bioweapon gives any reasonable person food for thought. Like clockwork, our liberal media is using their standard operating procedure to provide cover for any who oppose President Trump and Coronavirus is another such opportunity.
China is known to be a pirater of things they couldn’t initially think up but with Coronavirus under their belt, they aim to be the ones to fix what they broke.
Now, several Chinese government agencies and officials are talking publicly about how China can take advantage of being the first country to start recovering from the novel coronavirus (because it was the first country to contract it) to take over the industries of the future.
— Washington Post, 3/16/20
Let’s hope they don’t make matters worse with the same efficient incompetence.
RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA…
Have you noticed a peculiar silence when it comes to any and all things Coronavirus coming out of Russia? Then again, the tie between Russia and another American presidential election is out there for the stubbornly stupid.
At stake is what kind of election interference we should expect as November is coming: a lackluster rerun of leaking and trolling and fake social media activity, which would most likely be harder to do and less effective than in 2016 — or more pernicious operational innovation and escalation, perhaps even tactics that take advantage of the coronavirus outbreak.
— NY Times, 3/16/20
But back to matters at hand….
THE DEMOCRAT PARTY AND THE ONGOING DEEP STATE COUP
For over four years, Democrats and their media have thrown the kitchen sink at candidate, now President Trump. They spied on his campaign, entrapped those in his campaign, transition team, and administration. The media has been rather coordinated in their opposition to his Administration, compared to how they fawned over their previous deity. Trump has been constantly investigated and cleared, impeached and cleared, and they appear to now enjoy a virus evolution he can’t easily provide a winning “uncharted territory” strategy to redress.
Democrats know they have a 2020 “next-in-line” version of Bob Dole on their hands going into the presidential election. The Coronavirus has not only ground their nomination process to a halt but is now affecting President Trump’s ability to campaign and they’re lovin’ every minute of it.
All of a sudden, we live in a world without crowds. And for Trump, it’s an existential threat—as much a threat as a sinking economy or the virus itself. Because Trump doesn’t just love crowds. He needs them. He needs crowds because of their political utility. Needs them to mine “data gold.” Needs them to be rolling, roiling, visceral focus groups—listening to the ebbs and flows of their roars, serving them what they want, scrapping what they don’t, stoking support with a skilled evangelist’s call and response.
— Politico, 3/13/20
It’s not like Trump NEEDS a live concert to promote a hot album, but the optics of no rallies on the horizon has Democrats near-orgasmic and rightfully so… but what cost.
Let’s not believe all the posturing from Speaker Pelosi and others in and around Capitol Hill and on liberal “news” programs. This newfound concern for human life is laughable coming from a party that insisted on including abortion funding into the emergency virus package.
As stock markets plummet businesses, prepare for staff to work from home, and confirmed cases and deaths from the novel coronavirus continue to grow, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) announced that the House plans to vote on a bill Friday to address the inevitable hardships that will result from the pandemic. But discussions with Republican leadership for the multi-billion dollar aid package may have stalled on Thursday over funding for abortion.
— Mother Jones, 3/13/20
Democrats have always had a power-at-all-cost mentality and this is one of Rahm Emanuel’s crises too good to waste. But what should cause the most alarm is how many Americans Democrats are willing to sacrifice in order to try and win an election with a candidate who may not know where he is at any given time, what town he’s in, or even if a camera is live.
Unintended consequences could actually backfire on them.
Under a variety of possible scenarios that could arise as a result of a terrorist attack before or during an election, either the Congress or the states might pass legislation which would affect the timing of these elections. The suggestion has been made, however, that the Executive Branch might have some role in determining whether an election is to occur or whether it can be cancelled. While the Executive Branch does not currently have this power, it appears that Congress may be able to delegate this power to the Executive Branch by enacting a statute.
— Federation of American Scientists, 2004
Is there a scenario where the 2020 election could now be postponed over the Coronavirus? It could be a possibility depending where we are a few months from now. It could be a massive Democrat face saver on the presidential level and would preserve the Democrat House majority at a time where they’ve become increasingly vulnerable.
More Americans approve of the job congressional Republicans are doing than of congressional Democrats’ performance — 40% vs. 35%. The rating for Republicans in Congress has risen six percentage points since late October, before the impeachment of President Donald Trump in the U.S. House of Representatives. Over the same period, congressional Democrats’ approval rating has edged down three points and disapproval has climbed five points, from 57% to 62%.
— Gallup, 3/10/20
The Chinese are doing everything communists do best to control the true impact of their Wuhan virus from the world because, let’s face it; its creation and the ramification on the world could easily be justifiably considered as an act of war. Killing millions to maintain power and control is in their DNA. The Chinese government should have earned pariah status instead of being portrayed as the innocent bystander, now blaming everyone else for what was engineered within their fortified borders.
Official Communist Party publication Xinhua has published several articles questioning COVID-19’s provenance, and the state-run Global Times wrote, “As the U.S. COVID-19 situation becomes increasingly obscure, the Chinese public shares the suspicion raised by Zhao Lijian that the U.S. might be the source of the virus and that the U.S. is subject [to] questioning and is obliged to explain [its role to] the world.”
The undertaking is part of a broader campaign to deflect blame for the pandemic and China’s delay in taking action early in the emergence of the disease, which global experts say began in Wuhan, Hubei Province, potentially as early as November, and has infected more than 160,000 worldwide and killed nearly 6,000.
None of the numerous public figures and media outlets positing the alternative theories has provided evidence for their claims.
— CNBC, 3/15/20
Democrats have much to lose on Tuesday, November 3rd and the Coronavirus has proved them not only a fresh political club to hammer President Trump but an even greater opportunity for them to save their political class and allies a loss they would pay dearly for through 2024.
But what are a few thousand American deaths with all that at stake?