At separate campaign events in Iowa this week, President Donald Trump and Democrat frontrunner Joe Biden took shots across the bow at each other, presumably giving us a sneak preview of what promises to be a blistering general election in 2020.
“He was someplace in Iowa today,” Trump said of his most likely opponent. “He said my name so many times, people couldn’t stand it anymore. That reminds me of Crooked Hillary. She did the same thing.”
The media can pretend all day long that Trump isn’t doing a fantastic job of being president, but they cannot doubt his instincts when it comes to campaigning. He proved in 2016 that he knows exactly what he’s doing out on the trail, and his criticism of Biden is dead on the money.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews likes to say, “When someone says, Stop X, go ahead and bet on X.” He’s wrong about a lot of things, but he’s not wrong about this. If Biden (or whichever Democrat ultimately wins the nomination) makes his campaign solely about Stopping Trump…well, we’re almost guaranteed to get four more years of Making America Great Again.
Alas, that seems to be Joe’s plan, or at least it was on Tuesday. He spent the day telling Iowans that Trump was nothing less than an “existential threat to America,” something his old boss would not deign to say about the Islamic State, if you recall.
“He embraces dictators like Kim Jong-un, who’s a damn murderer and a thug? The one thing they agree on: Joe Biden, he shouldn’t be president,” the Democratic frontrunner said.
Well, to be fair, it’s something almost everyone can agree on. And Trump is hardly “embracing” Kim Jong Un. It’s just that robot-minded politicians like Biden can’t grasp what it means to show some finesse when dealing with an adversary. That’s why the Obama administration got absolutely nowhere with North Korea. Not saying that Trump will ultimately do any better, but he at least managed to get our countries back from the brink of disaster. What’s Biden going to do, take us back there? Great.
Certainly, the last 200 years of American politics have shown that there is a place for negative campaigning. But if Biden turns his entire run for presidency into an echo of the media’s take on Trump, even Democrats are going to get bored. If Biden wants to be president, he’d better correct Hillary’s mistake and actually explain to the American people why he’s the best man for the job.
That is, if he really believes that he is.