5. Call the conventions?: With public health experts warning that large-scale gatherings like concerts and sporting events may not be advisable until 2021, there’s increasing pressure on the two political parties to reconsider the idea of hosting national party conventions this summer.
And they are reacting very differently.
Last week, the Democratic National Committee voted to approve alternative methods to cast votes for their nominee at the party convention — including the possibility of casting those ballots virtually.
“It is my expectation and hope that we will have an exciting, inspiring convention in August in Milwaukee,” said DNC Chairman Tom Perez in what felt like, in light of the vote, a bit of unobtainable optimism.
If the presumptive nominee is saying that, and there’s a process being put in place to change the way votes are cast, it’s hard to see how Democrats gather in person in Milwaukee in August.
Even as Democrats edge toward a virtual convention, Republicans are refusing to even acknowledge the possibility that cancellation is a possibility.
In an email sent to supporters Saturday, convention CEO Marcia Lee Kelly wrote:
“In 100 days, the Republican Party will gather together, where we will reflect on the incredible legacy and tremendous accomplishments of the Trump Administration.”
Is that a tenable position given what we know about the virus and its transmissibility? Does Trump care?
4. Silent Biden: We’re less than six months away from the November election, and Joe Biden still can’t seem to break through the all-coronavirus-all-the-time coverage.
Biden has been largely holed up in his Delaware home — conducting interviews, holding rallies and raising money from his basement.
What Biden cannot do — he isn’t currently in office — is have any sort of hands-on influence on either the federal or state response to the pandemic. Instead, he is left to offer policy proposals and criticisms of the current administration that wind up getting lost in the churn of the news cycle.