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This is just going to make Trump stronger. The virus has been politicized, and anything that happens is going to be read through a partisan lens. If nobody dies, than the Dems just overreacted like the stupid pansy scolds we know they are. If everybody dies, then the stupid dems destroyed the economy for nothing, This is going to be extra convincing to everyone who resented being locked up at home, and especially to a lot of the people whose small business was ruined.
by Zwackus on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 at 11:16:18 AM EST
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I agree with the general premise, but it doesn't even have to be the dems. Trump can campaign against the do-nothing Congress. The lines write themselves.
by generic on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 at 11:28:42 AM EST
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In practice some states will do better than others, and this may (or may not) correlate with the preventative measures they have taken. Pretty soon we'll know who is handling this better than others and if the US ends up losing more lives than anyone else this is not going to look good for Trump.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 at 02:59:22 PM EST
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The Trump virus ravaging many States, has already caused MORE deaths per capita than China where the Wuhan virus is at a stand still ... next 3 weeks will be devastating ... no turning back the clock, urgent need to alleviate suffering. No empathy by the Chief, thus don't expect much. Doctor's distancing ... Trump keeps Dr. Fauci more than an arm's length away. 😐

Spain in absolute numbers has surpassed China today.

With the Easter reces celebrations, Trump will succeed to trigger the predicted second wave much earlier ...

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 at 03:14:06 PM EST
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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 at 03:25:05 PM EST
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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 at 03:27:50 PM EST
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by generic on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 at 06:24:32 PM EST
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Yep. He goes on TV, lies about stuff, and that's really all he needs to do, because he lives in a fact free bubble and the facts are hard to see for most people in their real lives because they are social-scale systemic facts which are nearly invisible even to dedicated researchers.
by Zwackus on Thu Mar 26th, 2020 at 01:19:48 AM EST
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And historically that has worked. But to be fair, all the old crisis politicians slayed on the TV for all practical purposes only existed on the TV. Terrorism is probably the best example, but I'd include the whole category of foreigner-crimes. This has the potential of really affecting everyone and not in an abstract way either. Other outcomes are possible, though I wouldn't bet on it yet.

by generic on Thu Mar 26th, 2020 at 09:51:58 AM EST
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