The Coronavirus pandemic strikes again: Milwaukee’s Democratic National Convention will be delayed for a month. Regularly scheduled July 13-16, it will now be held for four days starting on Aug. 17.
A source from Joe Biden’s campaign told The Hill that the former vice president pressed for the delay, but also wanted to keep the same format. The Republican National Convention, where President Donald Trump is expected to be nominated, will take place only weeks later from Aug. 24 to 27 in Charlotte, N.C. Typically, the party not in office would have its convention about a month before the incumbent’s, but fear of spreading the virus has altered the process.
Stay-at-home orders, many through June, are in place in most states, and Democrats question whether the nation will be back on track by July. The DNC would see thousands of people crowding into a basketball arena to vote as well as thousands more reporters and other political officials – a prime opportunity to spread COVID-19. The event would attract visitors to stay in hotels and go out to restaurants and bars as well.
The recent postponement of Japan’s 2020 Olympics, which was to have been held in late July through mid-August, provided an opening for the Democrats to reschedule the convention in Milwaukee.
The Democrats’ nomination campaigns have been fraught with chaos and incompetence from the get-go, starting with the fiasco during the Iowa caucus and the glitch that couldn’t correctly tabulate the votes. After trailing candidates gave up their run for the Oval Office, the Dems were left with two old white guys to choose from; one wants to give everyone everything for free and the other can’t remember if he’s running for president or senator.
Then came the challenges of trying to campaign during a pandemic that has voters locked in their homes, unable to work unless they are considered essential employees. Obviously they won’t attend rallies held by presidential hopefuls. What’s a candidate to do now? Biden took the opportunity to try his hand at podcasts. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is trailing far behind frontrunner Biden but still insists he has a viable chance of winning the nomination, takes every opportunity to appear on media shows to tout the irresponsibility of the president during the crisis.
The 2020 presidential election will certainly be remembered throughout history: Trump’s impeachment trial, the caucus ruckus, and the Coronavirus pandemic, each a significant event on their own, have changed the way candidates have to reach their audience, how Americans will vote for their choices, and the election process itself.
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