An undesirable repetition by Juan M Hernandez Puertolas

An undesirable repetition, by Juan M. Hernández Puértolas

Throughout the more than two hundred years of North American presidential elections, the circumstance has only been given on six occasions that the candidates of the two great parties have held a revenge, that is to say, that, after the four years of rigor, they have faced each other again at the polls.

66 years have passed since the last time that happened, since one of the great heroes of World War II, General Dwight David Eisenhower, popularly known as Ike, again comfortably defeated Adlai Ewing in the 1956 presidential election. Stevenson II, former Governor of Illinois and grandson of a vice president of the same name who served in the 19th century.

At that time, in the midst of the cold war, money had a very limited impact on campaigns – the same as the incipient television – only a handful of primary elections were held and the candidates to lead the party ticket were decided in the legendary rooms full of tobacco smoke (smoke filled rooms) of governors, mayors and other local caciques.

Actually, there was no such rematch. Although Stevenson was a progressive man, well to the left by American standards, he was only supported in both 1952 and 1956 by a handful of ultra-conservative states belonging to the old Confederacy, loyal to the Democratic Party because they still looked to the Republicans. like the party of the martyred president who abolished slavery, Abraham Lincoln. In 1956, 40% of blacks – no one called them African-American then and they could barely vote in the South of the country – voted for Ike, a quota that no Republican presidential candidate has managed to surpass since then.

It is possible that Donald Trump and Joe Biden will meet again in the 2024 presidential elections

Rebecca Blackwell

All of this is relevant because if the New York prosecutors and judges or divine providence do not remedy it, not necessarily in this order, the country could be doomed in the 2024 presidential elections to a repetition of the 2020 elections, the that pitted then-President Trump against today’s President Biden.

They could, of course, change the vice-presidential candidates. If Trump wins the nomination, he will never select good old Mike Pence as his ticket mate, who literally risked his life on January 6, 2021 when Trump mobs stormed the Capitol. As for the current vice president, Kamala Harris, she is still missing in action, and her plans for 2024 are a mystery.

Looking ahead to the 2024 elections, there is a strange paradox. Almost any Democrat with a face and eyes other than Joe Biden would have a very good chance of defeating Donald Trump if he were the Republican nominee. Almost any Republican with a face and eyes other than Donald Trump would have a very good chance of defeating Joe Biden if he were the Democratic nominee.

It is not a matter of putting them in the same bag. Trump is, among other things, a coup plotter, a demagogue, an alleged tax delinquent (New York judges and prosecutors have a lot to say) and an alleged traitor to national security (because of the documents he took to Mar-a -Lake). Joe Biden is a well-intentioned president and with a decent first two years in the White House, but very burdened by the relentless passage of time, let’s mercifully leave him there. It is not easy for two other alternative contenders to correct the dangerous ultra-partisan drift that has befallen the country, but what is certain is that this phenomenon will worsen if a 2020 rematch takes place.