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Friday, August 7, 2020
Friends, you might want to check out this article. It notes some interesting parallels between the star-crossed campaign of Michael Dukakis in 1988 and that of Joe Biden in 2020. What it fails to mention is another important parallel. Crime, which was at all-time highs in the late 80s, was a major issue in 1988 that worked heavily in favor of George H.W. Bush. The Dems had been weak on crime since the 1970s, at least, and after 1988 they worked feverishly to shore up this political deficit. That's why establishment Democrats like Joe Biden embraced crime bills in the 90s, lest we forget. Well, now a "law and order" election may be looming again. Will Republicans ride Americans' sense of insecurity all the way to victory once again? We shall see. The big difference between now and then, of course, is the Dems' shift to the radical left, coupled with Biden's geriatric foibles. All in all, I don't believe that 1988 and 2020 bear much resemblance to one another, but still -- we should learn from history whenever we can.