Bernie’s Q&A: Swan, Barr, Social Media Bans, Maxwell, and more (7/31) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)

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Bernie, did you see Jonathan Swan’s interview clip with Trump about Russian bounties on our military? I think Swan has become a very sharp and prepared interviewer. Was interested in your take on him, and also the fact that Trump has never even brought up the “bounty” issue with Putin in the 8 conversations they’ve had since it became known. — Alex

I also think Swan is a solid journalist. As for bringing up the bounty issue with Putin: What if Trump did? Putin would deny it. What then? But not bringing it up — in eight conversations — gives ammo to Democrats who still think Trump and Putin are collaborating on something or other.

Trump gave an interview with Barstool Sports, and during the interview said, “It used to be in the old days before this, you’d write a letter and you’d say this letter is very big. You put it on your desk and then you go back tomorrow and you say, ‘Oh, I’m glad I didn’t send it,’ right? But we don’t do that with Twitter, right? We put it out instantaneously, we feel great, and then you start getting phone calls — ‘Did you really say this?’ I say, ‘What’s wrong with that?’ and you find out a lot of things.”

He later said it’s his retweets that tend to get him in trouble, not necessarily his own tweets. Regardless, has hell frozen over? I never thought Trump would regret any of his actions, including retweets or tweets.  — Joe M.

I was pleasantly surprised too, Joe. But just because he seemed contrite doesn’t mean he really was and it sure doesn’t mean he won’t do again precisely what he suggested he regrets.

As the MLB season began this past week, and as the NBA and NFL seasons beckon, it appears that kneeling will become a regular part of our professional sports leagues (and no doubt college athletics as well). Here are my suggestions and questions. Instead of kneeling during the national anthem, why not instead have a separate one minute of silence before or after the playing and singing of the national anthem (with players as and fans having the ability to show their support by kneeling or otherwise)? Racial issues could be highlighted without showing disrespect for the flag or America. Would this not be consistent with the claims made by those taking a knee that they are simply trying to draw attention to the need to address systemic racism and are not intending to show disrespect for America or those who serve in the military (and those who have died in service to the country). One final question. Is there a time limit as to how long the kneeling should continue or will this be part of pregame rituals for a very extended period of time? — Michael F.

Here’s my take, Michael: I think people go to sports to escape politics. At some point (soon) fans may grow tired of players taking a knee before a game … and looking at slogans on NBA uniforms … and the rest. If we weren’t so hungry for live sports during this pandemic, fans might tune out — a form of protest too. They still might.

As for a time limit on the kneeling: Shorter is better than longer. And even though I’m not a fan of taking a knee, it is silent and non disruptive … so take a knee, get it over with and play ball.

Dear Mr. Goldberg: Longtime follower, but newly-minted subscriber and former TV journalist who read your “Bias” books, and raised in your neck of the woods, The Magic City of Miami! And may I add, best $4 I ever spent!

You wrote in your July 13 column that “Americans are exhausted with this president” and you mentioned several negative descriptions of his behavior. No argument here. But you also wrote that people are “exhausted with the non-stop controversies and chaos.” I was surprised you didn’t include the liberal media and Democrats who have tormented Mr. Trump from the get-go. Am I cherry picking? Speaking of the liberal media, I just read an entry about it in Wikipedia, and did you know they pay you a high compliment when they label your “Bias” book as “toxic”? Meanwhile, the site describes a competing book from the other side that “challenges the widespread conservative belief in liberal media bias…that the media as a whole, is not biased liberally, but conservatively.” That sounds like word-salad to me but wasn’t that the point of your books? Thanks for all you do! — James F. in Florida

Hey James. Thanks for the kind words. Yes, I did say that people are exhausted with the non stop controversies and chaos. I think the polls back up that belief. And yes, liberal journalists who are out to get this president certainly contribute to that chaos. I’ve written about that many times over the years, if not in that particular column. As for my book being tagged as “toxic” — sticks and stones …

In my last book, A Slobbering Love Affair, I quote two liberal political journalists who acknowledge that there’s a liberal bias. They’re just not troubled by it. But even open minded liberals know that liberal bias is real.

Bernie, Rutgers is this your alma mater, right? RU announced it will change its standards of English instruction in an effort to stand with and respond to the BLM Movement. In response, Leonydus Johnson, a speech pathologist and Libertarian activist said, the change makes the racist assumption that minorities cannot comprehend traditional English. He called the change “insulting, patronizing, and in itself extremely racist.” “The idea that expecting a student to write in grammatically correct sentences is indicative of racial bias is asinine. It has become very clear to me that those who claim to be anti-racist are often the most racist people in this country”……. more dumbing down of America by the Democrats. Once upon a time you couldn’t get into college without strong English schools, not to mention pass the SATs. I know it’s a different world, but how low are we going to go with reducing standards in the country? We already rank low in many educational categories in comparison to the rest of the world. SMH — John M.

Rutgers University, my alma mater, opened its doors in 1776 — 10 years before the United States of America became a reality. Henry Rutgers must be rolling over in his grave over this latest moronic move by Rutgers. When I went there, Rutgers was considered a blue collar Ivy. They told us at orientation to look at the student to the right of us and then look at the student to the left. One of the three of us, we were told, would be there by the end of the year. If you didn’t know proper grammar you wouldn’t have gotten in and if you did you’d be one of the three that didn’t make it after a year. Now, grammar is racist. Another reason I refuse to support Rutgers when they call for money.

I believe that Ghislane Maxwell is entitled to due process under the law, but Donald Trump actually WISHING HER WELL!? WHY!? I’m surprised the biased lamestream media didn’t make more out of this! This is dumb even for him! Also, when Jeffrey Epstein got that slap on the wrist in Florida years ago, I have a theory: Since Epstein’s attorneys were an infamous conservative (Ken Starr) and an infamous liberal (Alan Dershowitz), Starr threatened all the “respectable” and vulnerable left wing perverts out there, and Alan Dershowitz did the same thing with the right wing pervs in order to land that slap on the wrist from the prosecutor. What do you think, Sir Bernie? Is that how you believe it may have gone down? Is Ghislane Maxwell in danger of being suicided” in prison? And WHY oh WHY did Trump wish her well? Damn F—ING DUMB if you ask me! — “Watch your back, Ghislane, and I wish you well” Regards, From The Emperor

Let me address just one of your points, Sir Emperor … the one about Trump wishing her well. I almost fell off the couch and spit up the snack I was munching on when I heard that. How stupid does one have to be to say that? Don’t answer that Emperor. I’m not sure which is dopier, his wishing her well comment or saying that we won two “beautiful” world wars. You can’t make this stuff up, Your Highness.

Biden’s campaign turned down a Chris Wallace interview on Fox News. If “Sleepy Joe’s” handlers cannot handle a TV interview with a fair-minded journalist like Chris Wallace, how do they think Joe will survive a ‘cage match’ with a ‘rototiller’ opponent like Trump in the presidential debates? They should re-think their decision and consider Chris Wallace a ‘spring-training’ exercise, but that would be an intelligent move. — Peter E.

There’s a very good reason Joe Biden turned down the interview, Peter. The reason is Biden would get so confused by the questions that everyone would know that he really has lost a few of his marbles. As for the debates, I think Trump would make a big mistake if he gets nasty. That’ll engender sympathy for Joe. Good rule of thumb: Never make fun of people who might have early onset of dementia. But I don’t know if our president can control his instincts. Best to let Joe sink himself … assuming he gets questions from journalists that go beyond, “What’s your favorite color, Mr. Biden?”

A couple of interesting notes on Facebook. A picture of a Mask in its wrapping had a disclaimer, which I will paraphrase, Wearing a mask does not guarantee you protection from Covid-19. The second is the video of a few days ago where so called physicians were in front of the SCOTUS building talking about Covid-19 which was pulled stating it was fake news. My confusion is what is fake? The picture definitely had the declaimer and the physicians did hold a press conference. If Facebook asked you, what would you recommend as a process to determine what is fake or not. In my opinion, post what you want. As a user I don’t have to read what I don’t want to. — Tim H.

It’s my understanding that Facebook (or was it Twitter?) pulled the video because the doctor declared that hydroxychloroquine is a literal “cure” for COVID-19 — which it isn’t. As for the disclaimer, that comes from lawyers who don’t want to be sued by someone who says, “I thought the mask would protect me — and it didn’t.” As a general rule, I don’t want social media companies to determine what’s true and what isn’t. As I say, as a general rule. But if someone says eating grapes is a cure for cancer, some idiot might believe it. That might be an exception to my general rule. Same with declaring that a drug is a cure for COVID-19.

I saw this re-tweet from Brit Hume after the Barr hearings yesterday:

By @AndrewCMcCarthy:“What happened on Capitol Hill Tuesday was a debacle to despair over because Democrats do not act this way because they are preternaturally rude. They act this way because their voters expect and demand that they act this way.”

So, Do anywhere near a majority of Democratic voters expect this type of behavior From the elected officials? Are civil minded Democratic leaders “afraid to speak out” as well per your Weds “Off the Cuff”? Isn’t there a strong possibility that a good number of Dem voters might sit this one out in November as well? — ScottyG

We won’t know until Election Day if Democrat voters approve of the appalling behavior of Jerry Nadler and his nasty gang of authoritarian progressives. You ask, if Democratic leaders are afraid to speak out. They’re in on it — that’s why they’re not speaking out! Anything to discredit Barr and in the process discredit the Durham report that will show how Democrats knew Donald Trump wasn’t colluding with the Russians and proceeded to investigate him for more than two years anyway. If Biden somehow manages to lose, those hearings will be a big reason.

I am going to quit watching the evening national news. Today there was an article in the local Minneapolis Star Tribune about a guy they call “Umbrella Man.” Early on, the national press was pushing the narrative that it was White Supremacy that was causing the riots in Minneapolis. This was disproved by a local network TV news organization. Tonight, on ABC evening news they focused on Umbrella Man who they have identified as a White Supremacist. Maybe he his, who knows. But ABC pointed out that no riots occurred prior to him walking down the street breaking windows and to paraphrase, “he caused the night of destruction”. So according to ABC evening news, the good people of Minneapolis who would never break the law came out and chose to break the law with hammers, Molotov cocktails, and other devices because a single white individual white man? Am I in the twilight light zone? — Tim

No Tim, you’re not in the twilight zone. But a lot of journalists are.

Bernie, I have a somewhat complex disagreement with your suggestion that there will be even more looting and rioting if Biden becomes president. It’s true that this stuff has been happening in cities governed by impotent Democrats, and it’s also true that neither Trump nor his sending of federal officers are to blame for the violence (as some Dems have stupidly said). BUT, I do think that a lot of this stuff (which started with George Floyd before morphing into its present form) is being done to spite Trump. I think these anarchists love doing this in what they view as Trump’s America, and they wrongly feel justified in taking on the president this way, because he has been such a divisive and combative figure. Again… I don’t blame Trump. But I suspect if Biden were to win, they’d actually lose some of their will to fight. And if Trump were to win, the violence would more likely continue and even intensify. Not that anyone should base their vote on that (they shouldn’t!). Does that make any sense? — Ben G.

I’m with you Ben in that if Trump somehow, some way, manages to win, the mayhem will intensify. But if Biden wins, the anarchists won’t be satisfied. It’s not unusual that in revolutions — and we’re in the midst of a cultural revolution right now — the leaders often turn on their own. They won’t be happy until they fundamentally change America. They may even go after Bernie Sanders before this is over. Given the nightly chaos, if Donald Trump weren’t so unlikable, he’d win in a landslide.

 


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Off the Cuff: Do You Think We Still Live in a Free Country?

Do Americans still think they live in a free country? A new study provides some disheartening news.

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The Digital Acceleration of Herd Mentality

“A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.”

It’s a memorable, often quoted line from the 1997 sci-fi comedy, Men in Black, where Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) explains to his apprentice (Will Smith) why it would be a very bad idea to reveal to the public that space aliens are living secretly among them.

While there are many great one-liners in the film (that still draw a laugh), that particular one has been remembered for the inherent, societal truth it spoke. When an individual alone is presented with new, consequential information, that person is more likely to process it logically and rationally than if he or she had consumed it in a group setting.

This paradox goes by lots of different names, but for the sake of this column, I’ll use the term herd mentality.

Herd mentality is a product of peer influence. It compels people to adopt behaviors and sentiment, not from autonomous reason, but from the passion and emotions of those who surround them. These emotions, in turn, lead to impulsive (and often bad) decisions that wouldn’t have otherwise been made.

It’s been pretty easy to spot herd mentality throughout this nation over the past few months, most graphically in the rioting, looting, and vandalism we’ve seen in major U.S. cities. What began as protests in the name of social justice have turned into an excuse to spread violence, destroy businesses, and destroy lives.

We’ve also seen it with the uptick in the cancel culture, where dissenting, objectionable views are increasingly treated as infectious diseases deserving of eradication.

And we’ve of course seen it in the way mask-wearing (to mitigate the spread of COVID-19) has been turned into a ridiculous culture war, with one side insisting that it’s a heinous violation of their freedoms.

Herd mentality has a far wider reach today than even 20 or 25 years ago because of the virality and boundlessness of the Internet and the 24-hour news cycle. In virtually no time at all, something as simple as a contextless image or video clip can create and accelerate a deeply misleading narrative among a population.

We were reminded of a pretty famous example of this last week with the settlement of Nicholas Sandmann’s defamation lawsuit against the Washington Post. Sandmann was the kid we all remember wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat in front of the Lincoln Memorial, “smirking” as a Native American man (Nathan Phillips) beat a drum and sang a chant just inches from his face. The two were surrounded by other students from Sandmann’s school, who joined in with the chant, smiling and laughing.

I would argue (and did at the time) that a smart, reasonable person watching that video for the first time — even if he or she had a preconceived notion of someone who would wear a MAGA hat — would want to know more about the incident before forming an opinion of what they were seeing. A reasonable person would wonder (not merely assume) what it was that brought those people together, and why they were acting as they were.

But blasted across the Internet at light-speed, filtered through the political instincts of millions, and recklessly reported on by media outlets (who suffer from their own form of groupthink), Sandmann quickly became a national poster-child for racial intolerance. Even after the facts came to light, and it was clear Sandmann hadn’t done anything wrong or even inappropriate, herd mentality kept many from ever accepting that truth.

Another example from last week had to do with the aforementioned war on protective masks. Dr. Anthony Fauci was the target this time, after he threw out the first pitch at the MLB season opener. Fauci, who has been vilified by many on the right for putting forth COVID-era health recommendations that are often politically and economically unhelpful, was later captured in the stands by photographers not wearing a mask.

Being that Fauci has been expressing the importance of masks for months (while acknowledging that he downplayed it in the early days of the health crisis out of a supply concern for medical professionals treating the infected), detractors decided that the photographs had exposed the effectiveness of masks (which has been proven in study after study) to be a hoax:

It didn’t take long before I saw these same photos (accompanied by the same sentiment) popping up all over my Facebook feed.

Fauci’s a fraud!

Look, even he knows masks don’t work!

Why do I have to wear a mask if he doesn’t have to?

I suspect it’s not coincidence that this stuff came from the same friends and acquaintances who’ve been insisting from the beginning that COVID-19 is no biggie, and that every societal sacrifice (or even mere inconvenience) we’ve endured for the health crisis has been based on a delusion created by the power-hungry elite. Even as tens of thousands of new cases of the virus are reported each day, with the death count now around 150,000, these folks keep feeding the narrative to each other, and stoking conspiratorial doubt in others.

As a different buddy said to me, about the reactions to the Fauci photos, “Don’t you love how people suddenly can’t discern any obvious details when they smell a gotcha?”

As Agent K might respond, “A person would pick up on the details… but people? Not so much.

Those “obvious details,” in this case, would include the fact that Fauci and his two companions were outside (where the virus is far less transmissible), that no one else was seated around them (aka socially distanced), that the woman to his left was his wife (who he lives with and breathes the same air as every day), and that the friend to his right was still wearing a mask.

Additionally, a reasonable person might also consider the length of time Fauci was without his mask. Could it have been just a few seconds, perhaps right before or after he took a swig from that water bottle pictured on his lap? According to Fauci, that’s exactly what happened. He also revealed that he had tested negative for COVID-19 just a day earlier.

But when people are frustrated or scared (as many of us are right now), herd mentality impedes the ability of individuals to take a step back, and look at things in an open-minded, rational way. Perhaps this is why Fauci, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, and the CDC felt they couldn’t be upfront with the general public about masks when they were concerned about shortages in March. I still think it was the wrong thing to do, and created unnecessary confusion (that’s unfortunately still being used by others as political propaganda), but perhaps I’m a little more sympathetic to their predicament than I once was.

Regardless, what makes herd mentality on the Internet particularly concerning right now is that, with physical gatherings remaining potentially dangerous for the foreseeable future, the pre-existing cultural trend of social media replacing our traditional institutions has been accelerated. Many of the more focused organizations and establishments in our lives, that bring us together and keep us grounded (whether it be church, sports, live music, community celebrations, etc.) are on indefinite hold. That means people are spending more time online, latching onto viral themes and joining righteous revolts against all kinds of perceived injustices.

It’s not healthy, and in several cases (some described above), it’s contributing to the prolonging of this crisis by promoting reckless behavior that only adds to the spread of the coronavirus.

If there were ever a time when people (especially those with time on their hands) needed to further explore their own individuality, it’s right now. Maybe that means taking up a new hobby, going on some camping trips, or doing some (safe) volunteering in the community.

If it keeps people from subjecting themselves to countless hours of social media and cable news, it’s almost certainly a good thing.

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Anti-Americanism: The New Anti-Semitism

What are the two most hated countries in the world?

America and Israel.

Who hates both America and Israel?

The left (and Islamists).

And why is that? Why does the left (not liberals, the left) hate America and Israel?

In “Why the Jews; The Reason for Antisemitism,” a book I co-authored with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin in 1983 (the latest edition was published in 2016), we compared hatred of America with hatred of Jews.

This is what we wrote. It precisely explains what is happening in America today.

“Perhaps the best way to understand the admiration and resentment elicited by the quality of Jewish life is to compare the reactions of the world to America’s quality of life. No other country has so many people seeking to move there. At the same time, no country, with the exception of Israel, is the target of so many hateful and false attacks.

“The United States, because of its success and its ideals, challenges many people throughout the world. How did America, a nation composed largely of those rejected by other societies (‘The wretched refuse of your teeming shore’ declare the words at the base of the Statue of Liberty), become the most affluent, freest, most powerful, and most influential society in the world? Americans generally attribute this success to the values of America’s founding generations (such as individual liberty, religious tolerance, Judeo-Christian morality, and secular government), to a work ethic, and to the subsequent waves of immigrants who embraced these values. Enemies of America attribute it to the country’s natural resources, just as many people attribute Jewish success to their natural resource, alleged greater innate intelligence. Others claim that through capitalist exploitation, America cheated poorer countries, paralleling charges that Jewish success has been attained through economic ‘bloodsucking.’ Still others develop an imperialist version of America’s past and present, similar to the anti-Jewish charge of a world Jewish conspiracy.

“But the United States is hardly the only society with great natural resources, and it has been the least imperialistic of the world’s powers. America’s values, not unfair resource distribution or world exploitation, have made the United States better, just as Judaism and its values, not genetic advantage or economic conspiracies, account for the quality of life led by Jews. The two people’s quality of life has provoked similar reactions — many admire them, and many resent them.”

Just like the Jews, America is hated because it is successful. For over a century, it has been the most successful country in the world — in virtually every way. If having had slavery was a real issue in the left’s anti-Americanism, the left would hate the Arab world and Latin American countries such as Brazil more than it hates the United States. While The New York Times and other left-wing institutions are preoccupied with slavery in America, they ignore — out of ideological nonconcern or out of sheer ignorance — the vastly larger number of Africans enslaved by Muslim and South American nations.

Of the more than 12 million African slaves shipped to the Western Hemisphere, only about 3% — between 306,000 and 380,000 — were sent to the United States. The other 97% were sent to the Caribbean and Brazil. And the slaves in the U.S. South lived longer and made larger families than the slaves of Latin America. Yet, the U.S. is singled out for hatred. Why? Because the left doesn’t resent Brazil. Brazil is not an object of envy.

Likewise, there is no left-wing hatred of the Arab world, which enslaved far more blacks than the North and South Americas combined did. The internationally recognized expert on African history, Senegalese anthropologist Tidiane N’Diaye, wrote: “Most people still have the so-called Transatlantic (slave) trade by Europeans into the New World in mind. But in reality the Arab-Muslim slavery was much greater. … The Arab Muslims were the most murderous of all those involved in the slave trade.” Part of that murderous treatment of African slaves involved castrating the males so they could not reproduce. And the women and girls were traded as sex slaves.

Where is the leftist anger at the Arab and Muslim world? There is, of course, none. On the contrary, the left protects the Muslim and Arab world against moral criticism.

The left hates America for its success and influence on the world, just as anti-Semites hated Jews for their success and influence on the world.

The left doesn’t hate America because it is bad. It hates America because it is good. If the left hated evil, it would love America and hate its enemies.

Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. His latest book, published by Regnery in May 2019, is “The Rational Bible,” a commentary on the book of Genesis. His film, “No Safe Spaces,” came to theaters fall 2019. He is the founder of Prager University and may be contacted at dennisprager.com.

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Donald, Joe and Yogi

In 1973, when Yogi Berra was the manager of the New York Mets and his team was a long way out of first place, he uttered six of the most memorable words in the English language: “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

Yogi was right. The Mets eventually rallied and went on the play in the Word Series. (The Mets lost to the Oakland Athletics in 7 games.  At that point it really was over.)

But while Yogi had only baseball in mind, his sage observation applies to the world of politics too.

At the moment, things are not looking good for Donald Trump. Virtually every poll has him losing to Joe Biden. But November – the political equivalent of the ninth inning – is still a ways off.

So far, Joe Biden’s strategy has worked: Keep a low profile, say as little as possible, keep off the cuff remarks to a minimum. And he’s got something else going for him:  Donald Trump, whose foot often winds up in his mouth.

Yet, sooner or later, if he can discipline himself, Mr. Trump will remind voters that Joe Biden ran as a traditional Democrat; that he ran as a moderate. And that that’s why the former vice president beat Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Cory Booker, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and a few other progressive contenders in the primaries.

Democratic voters sent a clear message during the primaries: They didn’t want radical change; they rejected progressive promises to fundamentally alter the landscape of America.

But now it looks like Joe Biden somehow missed all that. He recently tweeted that, “We won’t just rebuild this nation – we’ll transform it.”

Transform it? Really? To what?

Running as a moderate won him support not only of Democrats who opted for modest reform, but also from independents and even some Republicans who are unhappy with President Trump. Telling voters that he now wants to “transform” America may not be the message moderate Democrats and swing voters were hoping to hear from Mr. Biden.

And it may even hit them that “transformation” is part of the vocabulary of people like Senator Sanders and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, two pols no one has accused of being moderate.

Then there’s a possible Biden running mate. Senator Tammy Duckworth, who’s been on a VP short list, was asked by Dana Bash on CNN if statues of George Washington should be taken down.

Bash never got a straight answer to her direct question. Instead, Senator Duckworth claimed – incorrectly – that President Trump “spent all his time talking about dead traitors” in his speech at Mount Rushmore on July 3.

The president didn’t mention even one Confederate general in that speech, so Dana Bash said, “but George Washington, I don’t think anybody would call him a traitor. And there are moves by some to remove statues of him.  Is that a good idea?”

Another direct question from the journalist that drew another wobbly response from the politician: All Ms. Duckworth could muster was, “I think we should listen to everybody. I think we should listen to the arguments there.”

Again, Senator Duckworth is being mentioned as a possible Biden running mate. And if she believes Americans should even consider removing statues of George Washington, then it’s not unreasonable to conclude that so-called mainstream Democrats are so timid, so frightened, that they’re prepared to surrender to the hard left wing of the party.

As for Mr. Biden himself: He already has moved to the left – and he’ll probably need to move even further in that direction in order to make peace with Bernie’s “Bros” – if he doesn’t want them to sit at home on Election Day. (Just to make sure his supporters understand that Mr. Biden isn’t really the moderate he claimed to be, Sen. Sanders told them that with all the compromises Biden is making, he would be “the most progressive president since FDR.”)

Something else voters will take into account between now and November 3 is that it isn’t Trump supporters who want to defund the police – or eliminate police departments all together. It’s the progressives who want to do that.

And it’s not right wing goons who are toppling statues they don’t like while Democrat mayors pretty much just let it happen.  Nor is it Trump supporters who took over a downtown section of Seattle while the city’s progressive mayor said the takeover might turn into a “summer of love.” Instead it turned into murder and mayhem. And it’s not conservatives who are rioting in Portland while the left wing mayor bristles at federal agents who were sent in to protect the federal courthouse.

If Joe Biden is outraged by the mayhem we’re watching on TV every night, he’s done a good job hiding his feelings.

If Donald Trump can control his combative instincts and make a reasonable case that if voters choose Biden they’ll get the whole left wing package along with him, if the president can make the case that Biden is his party’s presumptive nominee because he sold himself to them as a middle of the road politician but really isn’t – then Donald Trump will have a chance to turn things around by November.

With every statue that is toppled, with every call to “transform” America, with every demand that some poor soul be fired for having an unacceptable opinion, Joe Biden runs the risk of looking like a hostage, trapped inside a party that’s defined not by a moderate political philosophy, but by the vision of the revolutionaries in the streets.

There still are the debates to come where Joe Biden won’t be able to keep a low profile, say as little as possible, and keep off the cuff remarks to minimum.

There’s still the much-anticipated Durham report, which may put Democrats in a bad (and possibly criminal) light, and may get voters to re-think who they want to run the country for the next four years.

There are still hot summer nights to come that will entice more revolutionaries to hit the streets with their ropes and chains and a mission to rid America of its history – both good and bad.

At the moment, the polls are telling us that voters don’t like Donald Trump. But that doesn’t mean they’ve fallen head over hells for Joe Biden, who I think it’s fair to say is not an impressive figure.

These are not normal times. In just a few short months we’ve witnessed a worldwide pandemic and an American cultural revolution, which came to life as George Floyd lay on the street in Minneapolis dying.

The political landscape is no longer on terra firma; it’s shifting by the minute.

The ninth inning is looming but it’s not here yet. And so, it ain’t over till it’s over.