When the reality of the 2020 presidential election finally sinks in…

Kent Kroeger
6 min readOct 20, 2020

By Kent R. Kroeger (October 21, 2020)

A sinkhole in Wilson County, Tennessee, Or a metaphor for the 2020 presidential election (Photo by Brian Stansberry; used under the CCA 3.0 Unported license.)

Generally, I am a fan of journalist Bob Woodward, who was one of the few national journalists to see the Russiagate story for what it really was — a coordinated and thinly-veiled attack by the political establishment against a president they viewed as unfit for office and dangerous.

A false sense of moral righteousness can get otherwise honest people to say and do dishonest things. That same moral righteousness in the hands of dishonest people can sink a nation.

That not a single, conclusive piece of evidence ever emerged linking the Donald Trump campaign (or presidency) to the Russians in a conspiratorial act against our Republic is incontrovertible.

That this fact today when presented to most Democrats is met with mouth gaping indignation, is incontrovertible proof that in four short years its the Democrats who have replaced the Republicans as the political happy place for low-information voters.

However, I was sorely disappointed in Woodward’s latest book about the Donald Trump presidency, “Rage.” Woodward’s unspectacular attack on Trump said nothing — and exposed nothing — that hadn’t already been said a million times. How many different ways can it be said that Trump does not meet the behavioral and intellectual standards (real or imagined) of the U.S. presidency?

“When his performance as president is taken in its entirety, I can only reach one conclusion: Trump is the wrong man for the job,” concludes Woodward in “Rage.”

Like Russiagate, “Rage” feeds an already deep, emotional sinkhole that has gobbled up half of this country with the myth that Trump unjustly sits in our nation’s highest political office.

Truth be told, I am not completely immune to that feeling, particularly as I’ve watched Trump appoint to his administration some of the most shameless grifters in U.S. political history.

But as bad as the Trump administration’s rouge gallery might be, the prospects are hardly better under a likely Biden administration, which will surely look more like Obama administration 2.0 than a “presidency for all Americans,” as Biden so likes to say.

Kent Kroeger

I am a survey and statistical consultant with over 30 -years experience measuring and analyzing public opinion (You can contact me at: kroeger98@yahoo.com)