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Steve Flowers: Presidential race is Biden vs. Trump 2.0

In seven months, we, the American people, will go to the polls to elect the next President of the United States on November 5th.

A rematch between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden is looming. Americans are not very excited about this rematch. I have never in my lifetime seen two candidates with such negative poll numbers. The old political wisdom that there are more people who oppose someone than those who support them will undoubtedly play a role in this presidential election.

If Biden and Trump are indeed the candidates, voter turnout in November will be the lowest in American history. Several TV commentators have said it will be a three-way battle between Trump, Biden and Sofer, with Sofer likely to win.

The Republican National Convention will be held in Milwaukee from July 15 to 18 and will formally nominate Trump, 78, as the party's third presidential candidate.

The Democratic Party will select octogenarian Joe Biden (82 years old) as the party's nominee at its convention in Chicago from August 19 to 22. The only competitive betting odds are not whether Biden will be the nominee, but whether he will be able to enter the presidential race by August 22.

It's a foregone conclusion that Biden and Trump are the two oldest people ever to compete for president. The second-place candidate is probably at least a few decades younger. People age at different times in life.

Biden seems to be the one most adversely affected by his age. He clearly looks and acts his age. In fact, his age and declining abilities are the underlying reasons for his low approval ratings in the polls. Looking at Biden's policies and issues, or at least those of his inner circle, the Biden administration is adopting the actions you would expect a liberal, deficit Democrat president to take.

For Democrats, who are younger than Republicans, his biggest weaknesses are his attitude and senility. Democrats love “Grandpa Joe,” but they don't want to see him leading the country in the White House. They think to themselves: “Grandpa Joe is like my great-grandfather, who should run for president of a Delaware nursing home instead of for president of the United States.”

I don't think he really knows where he is, what conference or country he's been taken to. It's hilarious, but other countries and world leaders are watching this and laughing at our country's aging leader. Without nuclear bomb capability, Biden's senility would not be so devastating. I worry he'll wake up from a nap and accidentally press a button. As one senator recently jokingly said, “I can't believe I would trust Biden with the TV remote, much less the red button that could trigger Armageddon.”

Although Trump is cognitively superior to Biden, most independent voters thought Trump was crazy from the beginning. A significant number of Republican voters also think Trump is crazy. They just like his policies as a very Republican president. Trump is considered a clown by most Americans. They see him as a famous actor on a reality TV show. If you look at Trump's recent scenes on the golf course, his physique resembles William Howard Taft. So Trump's actuarial timeline may not be that different from Biden's.

This campaign will be a real comedy show. It will be fun to watch two octogenarians perform. It will be like a circus. There will be kangaroo trials scattered in New York, Washington, and Atlanta, in Democratic halls, Democratic strongholds, and Democratic courthouses. If the Atlanta sideshow actually takes place, it will be a real spectacle and will help Trump win.

These ridiculous charges are so obviously politically engineered to infuriate the Republican base and rally them to Trump. This Democratic ploy has backfired. Every time something like this happens, the Republican base explodes in enthusiasm. Remember, there are more people who are against someone than there are people who are for someone. The Republican base is more enthusiastic than Biden supporters are for Trump.

It will be a fun show. Biden may not survive the show to the end, but his entourage will hide him and probably not let us know if he survives. How many of you are watching the movie ““Weekend at Barneys”?

see you next week.

Steve Flowers is Alabama's leading political columnist. His weekly column appears in over 60 newspapers across Alabama. He served as a state representative for 16 years. Steve can be contacted at [email protected].

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