Is there any doubt that a current primary objective of President Donald Trump is to have a successful re-election campaign? Despite some recent stumbles, the president has a clear path to a second term. There are few Democrats, much less independents, who are passionate about Joe Biden. Some independents and centrist Democrats may be concerned about Biden drifting towards Bernie Sanders on many issues. Add to this, the president’s campaign chest has a great deal more dollars than Biden’s coffers.
Despite a majority of voters polled responding that they disapprove of the president’s actions to counter the pandemic, he can take two actions that should guarantee his re-election. These steps might be difficult for his ego to accept, but if the greater goal is a second term, this advice will work.
First, the president should declare that due to inconsistent and erroneous information, mistakes were made in the effort to stop the coronavirus. He should not accept blame nor point to any other source of failure. Simply say that after we have overcome this pandemic there is be time to review missteps made so that we can more effectively deal with the next health crisis.
No blame for other countries, Democrats, the press, or governors. A presidential statement that we must work together to produce the results that are best for all Americans.
The second step is to arrange a meeting of Congressional leaders from both parties, medical experts, economic gurus and appropriate cabinet secretaries. The attendees will not have cell phones or any other device capable of recording the procedures on their person. No media will be allowed in the room. The president will announce that the participants will stay in the room with proper physical separation until a complete strategy for successfully overcoming the virus is established. Meals will be brought in, and if needed, cots will be supplied so that attendees can get needed sleep. This action will demonstrate the leadership that has been missing, and is so strongly desired by the public.
Any reader of this column knows that I am not a Trump supporter, although I did give him credit when he made correct decisions, such as appointing Justice Neil Gorsuch and stepping up the U.S. military action against ISIS. I wrote columns opposing the impeachment process as counterproductive, and only demanded Trump’s removal from office when he cowardly abandoned our Kurdish allies in Northern Syria. I certainly do not favor his re-election and would prefer that our next president be John Kasich or Bill Weld. I am simply providing my opinion, as the column heading says.