You should never underestimate your enemy, as it can lead to complacency, laziness, and losing. You should also never overestimate your enemy. You can do real harm to your own side if you waste all your time trying to decipher what secret evil genius strategy your opponent might be using, when in reality your opponent is simply a stooge throwing desperate nonsense at the wall.
This brings us to the battle we’re facing against Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani in 2020. It’s a complex and multifaceted battle, to be sure. Trump has taken the Executive Branch hostage, and he’s been using its resources to try to shield himself. Giuliani has shown that he’s willing to go to any self-immolating lengths to try to take everyone on both sides down with him. These two guys, despite being bumbling idiots, are dangerous.
That said, let’s not lose track of the fact that they are indeed idiots. Donald Trump has lost a number of his own supporters. So his only chance of survival is if he convinces enough people on the fence, who have never loved or hated him, to side with him in 2020. Yet instead of trying to reach these people, Trump is busy retweeting things like “DEAR STUPID PEOPLE.” In other words he’s still pandering solely to his base, with seemingly no awareness that it alone is not even close to being large enough to get him reelected. Rudy Giuliani, for his part, rang in the new year by quoting Joe Piscopo. No, really.
I like our chances against these two guys in 2020. All we have to do is work hard and work smart, to make sure they don’t get lucky with any of their idiotic shenanigans. This can end up being one of the most redemptive years in American history, so long as we retain an accurate picture of what we’re fighting for and who we’re fighting against.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report