October Surmise

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus response meeting with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and members of the Trump administration coronavirus task force in the Oval Office at the White House, April 29, 2020. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
Getting a read on the 2020 battleground

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he dating conventions b.c. and a.d. were early victims of cultural vandalism at the hands of those who cannot bear the thought of C. or D., and they were replaced with b.c.e. (“Before Common Era”) and c.e. (“Common Era”), leaving history bisected by the same apparently unmentionable Event but the Event itself unspoken. The 2020 presidential election can be divided with the same convention, having been launched in the now misty distance of history b.c.e. — Before Coronavirus Epidemic — a very different time from the present.

Republicans in May c.e. are worried. Trump’s poll numbers are down, and that does not


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