Back in December of last year, yours truly predicted the media, at the request of its Democratic overlords, would deliver a Christmas present to us in the form of magically making COVID disappear. While my selected date was early, the gift has finally arrived.
Punchbowl News, whose liberal media credentials are unimpeachable, has uncovered a document from Impact Research, a liberal polling firm whose clients include Joe Biden. Said document lays out the Democrats talking points going forward regarding COVID. Long story short, COVID is the new Fight Club and Bruno rolled into one.
Here is the literal memo to the Dems from Biden's polling firm. Declare a win over Covid and move on. I suspect CDC will get the memo. Will @GavinNewsom and @lapublichealth? We shall see. SOTU is Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/1Enk5SIITk— Julie Hamill (@hamill_law) February 25, 2022
While nothing Democrats and their lackeys say should be surprising, the sheer chutzpah of this statement, even by the (ahem) “somewhat” tenuous reality the left often embraces, astonishes. Let's dig in, shall we?
It's time for Democrats to take credit for ending the COVID crisis phase of the COVID war, point to important victories like vaccine distribution and providing economic stability to Americans, and fully enter the rebuilding phase that comes after any war.
Given how there's an actual war presently transpiring, due in no small part to the feckless Biden Administration's utter mealymouthed impotent bungling, this might not be the best time to use the word. One can point out that Democrats have spent the past two years waging war against America's civil liberties, but for some unfathomable reason that never comes up in the document. Go figure.
Anyway, let's examine what the Democrats will now all spontaneously do completely coincidentally at the exact same time.
Declare the crisis phase of COVID over and push for feeling and acting more normal. Thanks to Democrats, we are nowhere near where we were two years, or even one year ago.
You can say that again, especially after visiting a gas station or grocery store. Any store, really. We had a lot more money left over two years or even one year ago.
Democrats have a tremendous opportunity to claim an incredible, historic success – they vaccinated hundreds of millions of people, prevented the economy from going into freefall, kept small businesses from going under, and got people back to work safely. Because of President Biden and Democrats, we CAN safely return to life feeling much more normal – and they should claim that proudly.
Hmm. Let's see. Vaccinated hundreds of millions of people with a vaccine guaranteed absolutely safe and effective … except when it isn't. Prevented the economy from going into freefall, in lieu thereof placing it on the hot rails to hell and then greasing the track for even more speed. Kept small businesses from going under, which will surprise small retailers who had to close for good while watching the big box down the street rake in the big bucks because the COVID virus knew to stop at their door magically. And got people back to work safely, aside from all of the people who are either still milking unemployment for all they can get or have walked away from their job because they couldn't take the hassle of growing incivility from coworkers and customers worn to a frazzle by two years of useless masking, social distancing, and overall lack of the human touch. Yeah, take a bow, Democrats.
We next get down to the main problem.
Recognize that people are “worn out” and feeling real harm from the years-long restrictions and take their side.
Since it's the Democrats who did the browbeating, the “rules for thee not for me,” and the incessant squeezing the life out of everyone young and old, exactly how they propose to be on the people's side suddenly is curious. Will we start hearing speech after speech about how they did everything they did strictly out of concern for us? Will we see Gavin Newsom and Gretchen Whitmer perform a duet of Bryan Adams' “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)?” How many knots will the media tie itself into as it desperately scrubs history while churning out endless puff pieces of how our brave and noble political leaders, provided they are Democrats, did it all with love in their hearts? It will be amusing to watch. Or nauseating. Probably both.
The more we talk about the threat of COVID and onerously restrict people's lives because of it, the more we turn them against us and show them we're out of touch with their daily realities.
We know that already. But thanks for the acknowledgment.
The document ends with this dire reinforcement of the above:
Stop talking about restrictions and the unknown future ahead. If we focus on how bad things still are and how much worse they could get, we set Democrats up as failures unable to navigate us through this. When 99% of Americans can get vaccinated, we cause more harm than we prevent with voters by going into our third year talking about restrictions. And, if Democrats continue to hold a posture that prioritizes COVID precautions over learning how to live in a world where COVID exists, but does not dominate, they risk paying dearly for it in November.
While it's cute how Democrats still pretend COVID vaccines stop anything, it is refreshingly amusing to see the throat-clutching panic behind this document. The Democrats know they have lost the COVID public relations messaging conflict. The people see Florida, then look at California and Michigan, and to even the most hardened leftist it becomes clear the restrictions didn't do a thing to slow the spread. They turned flattening the curve into riding a tricycle across the Himalayas. The restrictions were nothing more than raw, naked lust for power. And now that even the sheeple have had enough, the Democrats are going to pretend to be our BFF and we'll all forget all about the past two years? Not bloody likely. To paraphrase Anonymous slightly, we do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us … at the ballot box this November.