Idly musing about how this election mirrors others from the past … particularly “upsets*”
- when the all knowing Press’ polls were wrong (and speculation as to why).
Aside from TRUMp’s “upset” another
memorable one was TRUMan over Dewey.
While Dewey kicked back, ensconsed in a big lead (or so the press thought), TRUMan went full type A and indefatigably sped all around the US by train, giving speeches from a platform on the back of
his presidential caboose.
TRUMp emerges from a hospital bed, with just a bit of rest and gives speeches at airports.
Biden, like Dewey, seems to hope absence makes the heart grow fonder with his low key approach. But Dewey didn’t seem to have right wing protesters rioting in Republican states, vandalizing things and defying their local police to distance himself from.
TRUMan, the incumbant had to head off strikes everywhere by angry unions … and a Republican Congress that passed the Taft-Hartley curbs.
The incumbants had Presidential powers and DID stuff (which also had some political effects).
Truman could win easily if he won New York. But Dewey was FROM New York (like FDR) and quite popular.
TRUMan recognized Israel in 1948 and was the first Presidential candidate to speak in Harlem. Besides which he integrated the armed forces. For all that, he came up short in New York but won many small states (and the election),
angry tones and all.
TRUMp, besides barnstorming all over the US in Airforce 1 … greeted by happy, adoring throngs mostly … DOES stuff. Big stuff. Some things are not liked by all … but he seems to keep his promises like them or not.
TRUMan “dropped the atom bomb”. It DID end WWII though. And arguably may have even SAVED lives … after Japan’s quick surrender and peaceful occupation. And the fact that one BIG bomb was compared, not against nothing … but vs. the saturation bomb annihilation of Dresden and MORE of the large German cities.
TRUMp destroyed ISIS yet is forging treaties in the Middle East … and may soon be bringing troops home (like TRUMan … with an assist from Sen.Taft and the GOP of his time).
If the US still likes the “underdog” the haughty media bias may benefit TRUMp … as it did
TRUMan’s win …
was followed by quite a rough ride from 1949 through 1953 … thanks to
an enemy named Joe … and Communists in Europe, China, and their spies in the U.S. < stolen atom bomb secrets for e.g.
PS: As to JOE … I was thinking Stalin, not Mc Carthy as TRUMan’s REAL enemy.