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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

A Campaign Without Campaign Rallies

One special feature of 2020 is that we're probably not going to see traditional campaign rallies. (Too many people packed too closely together.) In a sense, the campaign will look much more like presidential campaigns early in our history, which were conducted entirely by surrogates and through the media. (Presidential candidates did not begin personal campaigning in public until after the Civil War.) Overall, I'm not sure that this is a bad thing, but even if it is the point is that we can still have satisfactory elections under those conditions. 

Posted by Gerard Magliocca on April 15, 2020 at 07:28 AM | Permalink


Instead of occasional cable TV highlights from the nauseating presidential campaign rallies of Donald Trump, those of us who can’t imagine attending a Trump campaign rally (save for perhaps in a nightmare or in vociferous and righteous protest) are subject to what for Trump is the next best thing: daily national coronavirus briefings on TV that double as election campaign events, including most recently a propaganda video! What is worse, in lieu of democratic rhetoric and scientific or medical information befitting an opportune moment (i.e., the pandemic) for presidential leadership, we’re witness to a daily symptomatic display of Narcissistic Personality Disorder on a national stage by a President with plutocratic and kleptocratic dispositions that seamlessly mesh with authoritarian pretensions and phantasies, a few of the latter of which sycophantic Republican loyalists who have made a pact with the devil have transformed into reality (e.g., avoidance of constitutional accountability and responsibility).

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Apr 17, 2020 7:32:58 PM

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