Magazine May 18, 2020, Issue

The Week

(Roman Genn)

GDP shrank 5 percent in the first quarter. Who says government can’t get anything done if it sets its mind to it?

 Presidents running cautiously for reelection run Rose Garden campaigns; cautious challengers run front-porch campaigns. Then there is the basement campaign of Joe Biden, presumptive Democratic nominee. During the coronavirus lockdown, Biden has been confined to quarters, issuing made-at-home videos, lost in the pandemic freak-out. This turns out to be a blessing for him. Biden on the stump can be rambling, goofy; his supposed moderation has been shredded by concessions to his party’s noisy left wing. His ideal strategy

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