The other potential vote-switching debate moment …

This one may even sway some suburban women.
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Most pundits agree that Biden’s Freudian slip that his goal-certain is to kill the oil & gas industry … the only open-switch is the time frame.

My view: there was at least one other potential vote-swaying debate moment.

About 9 minutes into the debate, on the subject of COVID. Trump said:

I say we’re learning to live with it. We have no choice.

We can’t lock ourselves up in a basement like Joe does. He has the ability to lock himself up. I don’t know, he’s obviously made a lot of money, someplace, but he has this thing about living in a basement.

People can’t do that.

I said, you know, this is dangerous. And you can catch it.

I caught it. I learned a lot. I learned a lot, great doctors, great hospitals. And now, I recovered … 99.9% of young people recover. 99% of people recover.

We have to recover.

We can’t close up our nation, we have to open our schools, and we can’t close up our nation, or you’re not going to have a nation.

A couple of minutes later, Trump followed up:

We can’t keep this country closed.

It is a massive country with a massive economy.

People are losing their jobs, they’re committing suicide. There’s depression, alcohol, drugs at a level that nobody’s ever seen before. There’s abuse, tremendous abuse.

We have to open our country.

You know I’ve said it often — the cure cannot be worse than the problem itself, and that’s what’s happening.

He (Biden) wants to close down.

He’ll close down the country if one person in our, in our massive bureaucracy says we should close it down.

Here’s my take…

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Many people (maybe most) don’t have the luxury to just shelter-in-place and ride out the indeterminately long COVID storm.

They’re “essential” workers … essential to keeping the country running during the pandemic … and essential to their families — by working to provide income for necessities.

They don’t have a choice.

The image of Biden sitting in his basement easy chair sipping cocoa and napping is powerful.

It contrasts Biden’s cushy lifestyle with the realistic trade-offs that most families are facing.

Take schools, for example…

Based on my small sample non-scientific observations…

> Working women tend to want schools re-opened … they can’t both fulfill their job responsibilities and supervise home schooling.

> Stay-at-home moms prefer a return to normalcy, but are risk adverse and lean to remote learning until health risks are further minimized.

> Both groups recognize that virtual education is not as effective as in-person schooling — either socially or educationally.  They agree that students are falling behind.  The only difference is a matter of degree — how much leaning is being foregone and how serious are the social consequences.

Trump clearly established the difference…

He leans towards re-opening, trying to manage the risks and counting on the medical community (and pharma companies) to keep us alive.

Biden opts to the risk adverse position: stay closed and ride out the storm until all traces of the virus are gone, delegating the reopening decision to Dr. Fauci.

Two radically different  approaches.

Decide which one you support…

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