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From the Davos speech by Trump in January:

The great scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century — from penicillin, to high-yield wheat, to modern transportation, and breakthrough vaccines — have lifted living standards and saved billions of lives around the world. And we’re continuing to work on things that you’ll be hearing about in the near future that, even today, sitting here right now, you wouldn’t believe it’s possible that we have found the answers. You’ll be hearing about it. But we have found answers to things that people said would not be possible — certainly not in a very short period of time.

But the wonders of the last century will pale in comparison to what today’s young innovators will achieve because they are doing things that nobody thought even feasible to begin. We continue to embrace technology, not to shun it. When people are free to innovate, millions will live longer, happier, healthier lives.

Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, from his address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 22, 2020.

Then came the pandemic and its hysterical responses, and now the race riots and mob iconoclasm. What if Trump was talking about very specific things, things he knows to be developing in a technical pipeline but we do not — what if he is not just blowing smoke?

Remember that Biden also promised, not long ago, a cure for cancer?

What if major technological breakthroughs are on the brink, and the competing tribes in government are trying to leverage their positions to take credit for them?

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In the first three years of Donald John Trump’s presidential tenure, one thing we often marveled at was his ability to get his enemies to shift gears and focus on something else. Well, “shifting gears” is too anodyne a phrase: Trump derailed his opponents and set them on utterly orthogonal courses, careening out of control.

Can we be forgiven if we wonder whether other forces are now doing that?

Take 2020. At the start of the year, media focus shone almost solely upon Trump’s impeachment and trial in the United States Senate. All eyes gazed upon that steaming pile of compost.

Then, the “novel [China] coronavirus.” SARS-CoV-2 took over not merely the national focus, but the world’s. A most amazing turn.

Then, a few weeks ago, it became obvious that the lockdown policies were not going to hold: the people had had enough. Further, knowledgeable opinion was marshaling plausible scientific arguments against the lockdowns’ rationale. Progressives and Biden voters, overwhelmingly for the lockdowns, were seeing diminishing returns for their obsessions about the subject.

As if to save public ire against Trump, then came the execution of George Floyd by a Minneapolis policeman, on camera. An eruption of horror, almost unanimous. The cop was fired and charged with a crime.

Yet protest rallies and marches ensued, despite the apparent working of justice to redress the problem.

And then the riots. Which may have included some infiltrators spurring on the violence.

If you think this might all be a conspiracy to channel public attention, in mad hopes of ousting Trump in the next election, you are probably wrong. But I think you should be given some license to express the idea. You might be right.

Public obsessions turning so quickly on a dime sure look managed!

Illusion, probably. Natural action and reaction, likely. 

But smart people resist being caught up in manias outside their control. Super-smart people place others under their control.

In any case, it seems the case that Trump has lost some of his mojo. He no longer controls the news cycle; he no longer controls the focus of our attention.

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. . . descends deeper into depravity by pushing for an unlikely candidate for the Vice President:

Joe Biden’s concern about the national-security impact of the coronavirus has led him to weigh picking the Obama-administration national security adviser Susan Rice as his running mate, according to several people who’ve spoken privately with the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee in recent weeks.

Rice is well known in Washington, but has a much lower national profile than most of the other women being considered, and comes with few conventional political upsides. She isn’t particularly likely to be selected, people inside the campaign say (some who have spoken about her with Biden see her as a more likely pick for secretary of defense or secretary of state), and Rice has told confidants that she knows that.

But the interest Biden has expressed in Rice reflects his concerns that the ongoing economic and public-health crisis the U.S. faces may require him to pick a strong national-security hand as his running mate.

Considering that Ms. Rice both accused Trump of treason and has admitted under oath that she had no reason to believe her charge, her VP possibility is, shall we say, an interesting choice.

Doubling down on treachery must be the new plan.

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Biden’s now well in the lead, and we shall have the most grimly amusing presidential campaign ever, this summer, a Death Race 2020.

Decline and death aside, hilarious. Biden is putting the funny back into dementia, which we have been treating so seriously in recent years: “We hold these truths to be self-l’evident, that all men and women are created . . . by . . . go . . . you know the . . . you know the Thing!”

I assume that this, my favorite of Biden’s gaffes, was the result of Biden realizing, mid-sentence, that he was talking to Democrats who are, increasingly, anti-Christian and cannot bear to hear “the Creator” in a sentence. Or, he had forgotten “endowed” in the Americanist liturgy and used “created” which disallowed him from saying “the Creator” so he had to make do with “God” but, oops, that is too Christian and that’s bad with the intersectionalist pagans so, well, “go,” and then the silliest line of our time: “YOU KNOW THE THING!”

That should be his campaign slogan, with The Thing revealed as the personification of the Total State that Democrats have been sacrificing babies to as if Ba’al and Moloch were still . . . a thing.

Nearly 62 million abortions since Roe v. Wade.