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THE POLITICS OF CORONAVIRUS
Powerline ^ | March 13,2020 | BY JOHN HINDERAKER

Posted on 03/13/2020 6:07:48 PM PDT by Hojczyk

1) The Democrats’ effort to blame coronavirus on Trump is doomed to fail. Most people simply aren’t that dumb. The virus came from China

2) On the contrary, the pandemic shows that Trump was right all along about China. While low wages are superficially attractive, there are many disadvantages to doing business there. In the medium and long terms, coronavirus will boost the American economy.

3) So far, voters are entirely indifferent to the Democrats’ attempts to gain political advantage from coronavirus. The Rasmussen Survey hasn’t budged, one way or the other. Today Trump stands at 49%/50% in the rolling approval poll.

4) One of the Democrats’ problems with coronavirus is that it isn’t a very threatening disease. The press would have you believe that it is the 21st Century version of the Black Death, but it is actually more like a bad cold

5) The stock market has taken a hit, but it is certain to rebound, and soon. There is no realistic scenario on which the virus, which is fatal overwhelmingly to elderly and unhealthy people, adversely impacts our economy to a significant extent. It is the panic which now affects our economy, not the disease. By November that will be obvious.

6) Early on, President Trump did the right thing: he tried to damp down the panic, while at the same time taking the measures that would have practical effect, in particular, banning China travel.

7) Long before November, it will be obvious to everyone that fear of coronavirus was vastly overblown. That is my opinion, anyway.

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1 posted on 03/13/2020 6:07:48 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

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8) Then again, maybe I am wrong. Maybe by November coronavirus hasn’t dissipated and people are worried about it. What then? In a crisis of any kind–war, depression, epidemic–most people want a strong executive. This is an instinctive preference. If we are under a serious threat, we want a strong, effective person to lead us. That impulse has been consistent for thousands of years.

So, if coronavirus is seen as a serious problem in November, who will voters see as the strong executive? President Trump? Or the doddering Joe Biden, who has to be led down the sidewalk by his handlers, who is so far gone that his campaign team limits campaign appearances to a few minutes, and who generally comes across as an old man who used to be of marginal intelligence, and is now senile?

I think the Democrats’ attempt to make political hay out of coronavirus will–best case–go nowhere, and likely will rebound against them in November.


2 posted on 03/13/2020 6:09:38 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk
"Maybe by November coronavirus hasn’t dissipated"
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Look to Italy for glimpses.
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https://twitter.com/NickKristof/status/1238618948272259073
3 posted on 03/13/2020 6:14:46 PM PDT by LouieFisk
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To: LouieFisk

Oh no, we’re all going to die.


4 posted on 03/13/2020 6:19:23 PM PDT by CincyRichieRich (It's the Wuhon Corona virus, not the U.S. coroner virus. Dem panic <> pandemic.)
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The Corona virus in American won’t end up being as deadly as the Corona Cra-Cra.

Was at Costco this afternoon. Shelves were as empty as I have ever seen them. People buying 4 and 5 of the same thing. Just wait until someone looking for an item that isn’t on the shelf and the person sees somebody with 4 of what they want

Somebody is going to get hurt.

5 posted on 03/13/2020 6:22:47 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (AOC the bartender would have had to work on the second floor at Miss Kitty’s saloon...)
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To: CincyRichieRich

“Oh no, we’re all going to die.”

According to the hospital staff a lotta people in Washington will, yes. Completely predictable.


6 posted on 03/13/2020 6:23:08 PM PDT by LouieFisk
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To: LouieFisk

Seattle is full of liberal idiots. I take nothing they say as fact.


7 posted on 03/13/2020 6:25:18 PM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Have!)
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To: CodeToad

“I take nothing they say as fact.”

If you had any idea the situation in Italy, you’d know it’s not words that will be the problem - and that will be filling the news.


8 posted on 03/13/2020 6:29:02 PM PDT by LouieFisk
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To: LouieFisk

Italy has a third-world socialist healthcare system. Trying to compare results there is insulting America.


9 posted on 03/13/2020 6:36:29 PM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Have!)
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To: LouieFisk

What are the demographics of the deaths in Italy? Pre-existing conditions, etc.


10 posted on 03/13/2020 6:37:05 PM PDT by crusty old prospector
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“What are the demographics of the deaths in Italy? Pre-existing conditions, etc.”

It’s not demographics, but just simple numbers. Too many people needing care at once exhausts and depletes the health system. Then more come in. You run out of just about everything, including medical staff.


11 posted on 03/13/2020 6:41:27 PM PDT by LouieFisk
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To: LouieFisk

The American left wants the Italy situation on steroids. Every liberal enclave in America is pushing it. Some of us look at what the left says in their forums and it is not pretty. It is all attack Trump always but they think they got something with Corona.


12 posted on 03/13/2020 6:41:30 PM PDT by shanover (...To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.-S.Adams)
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To: crusty old prospector

Among the 105 patients who had died in Italy as of March 4, two thirds had three or more pre-existing conditions and the average age was 81.


13 posted on 03/13/2020 6:45:29 PM PDT by RedMominBlueState
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To: shanover

You’re talking political urination contests. Reality doesn’t care one way or the other on that - it just is, both for good and for bad.


14 posted on 03/13/2020 6:48:05 PM PDT by LouieFisk
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To: RedMominBlueState

Hmm.


15 posted on 03/13/2020 6:48:43 PM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: LouieFisk

but there are only 17,660 cases or there around sick in italy. how could that be taking any system? This is the virus where no one is sick and there are two of them. one that is deadly and the other that is what Tom Hanks has mild cold symptoms. maybe there are more than one actual virus.


16 posted on 03/13/2020 6:49:20 PM PDT by kvanbrunt2 (spooks won on day 76)
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To: RedMominBlueState

Even if those weren’t old (if even real) figures, it doesn’t matter. A non-stop surge of patients is the problem, they could be 12 or the could be 120, they’re at the hospital and need beds & care (otherwise they’d be at home). Basic math, the sudden non-stop influx of patients jams everything.


17 posted on 03/13/2020 6:53:30 PM PDT by LouieFisk
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To: Hojczyk

bookmark


18 posted on 03/13/2020 6:55:29 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: kvanbrunt2

“This is the virus where no one is sick and there are two of them.”

I’m sorry but you’re very uniformed. Google these words:
italy hospitals overwhelmed
and you’ll get a boatload of information about what’s going on and how it happened.


19 posted on 03/13/2020 6:57:56 PM PDT by LouieFisk
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To: Hojczyk

While Democrats were Impeaching Trump in January he was working on China Travel Ban that saved America from disaster. Then Schumer & lowlife Media started with “Trumps a Racist” ... Democrats have No one that can deal with Trump., Pelosi is shot, Schumer a disgraced clown , 4 more years a done deal...


20 posted on 03/13/2020 6:59:49 PM PDT by jacknyc
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