Pero aparentemente no para los demócratas.
Ese no es mi análisis, es la comida para llevar de Politico, que dice “las consecuencias políticas pueden ser graves, especialmente para los demócratas.”
“Se quita un gran problema,” Ben Tribbett, a Democratic strategist in Virginia, is quoted as saying.
En realidad? It would be better for the Demócratas if the coronavirus continued to ravage the country, driving up deaths and hospitalizations, so they don’t lose a political weapon? That sounds incredibly heartless.
Now I’ll give Tribbett the benefit of the doubt and assume he was responding to a reporter’s question and doesn’t want more casualties just to boost his party. But let’s look at the political landscape.
The pandemic isn’t exactly over, con más que 70,000 new daily cases and about 1,400 fallecidos. But the case figures are less than half than the early August peak.
While there could be an uptick as colder weather forces more people inside, el Washington Post dice the pandemic “appears to be winding down in the Estados Unidos in a thousand subtle ways, but without any singular milestone, or a cymbal-crashing announcement of freedom from the virus.”
As one expert put it, the virus just fades into the background, como la gripe.
And while Trump launched Operation Warp Speed, it was Biden who rolled it out–and reaped the political benefits as a vast swath of the country got the shots. Es decir, Hasta que 80 million Americans refused to be vaccinated, the president imposed mandates and the Delta variant surged. Those developments, along with the Afganistán debacle and border crisis, fueled Biden’s slide in the polls.
With more media attention to inflation, escasez de suministro, Democratic infighting, and culture-war battles–as exemplified by the Toni Morrison book flap in the Virginia governor’s race–virus politics no longer dominates the news.
“As interest in Covid fades,” says Politico, “Democrats may lose one of their most compelling campaign planks a little more than a year before a critical midterm election in which the party is already facing headwinds.”
There’s a certain irony here. If the virus keeps receding, Biden would deserve some of the credit. He’s taken plenty of heat for mandating vaccines and encouraging states and businesses to do the same, but the gradual rise in the vax rate–with some facing the loss of their jobs–has surely contributed to slowing the spread.
And yet elections are always about the future. The Brits fired Winston Churchill after World War II, and Americans fired George H.W. arbusto after the Gulf War. Even if Biden is seen as the man who vanquished Covid-19, that means Americans will be worrying about other things in ’22–and that means a changed political landscape.