President-elect Joe Biden campaigned aspirationally on a vision of uniting a country many see as severely, if not hopelessly, divided. After all, while Biden amassed over 80 million votes, the most votes ever tallied by any candidate in a presidential election in U.S. history, Trump hauled in the second-most votes ever, finding the support of over 70 million American voters.
Andy Beshear is somewhat of an anomaly in the state of Kentucky. In 2016, Donald Trump easily won the state, defeating Hillary Clinton by a margin of over 30%.
But in 2019, incumbent Republican governor Matt Bevin had become one of the most unpopular lawmakers in the country. And shockingly, Beshear was able to defeat Bevin by a narrow margin in the November race.
And the Democrat has made a point of governing like a Liberal in the deep South and setting an example unseen in Washington. Unlike Donald Trump, Beshear will be self quarantining after a staffer had a positive COVID-19 case.
The Kentucky governor made the announcement via a video submitted to his social media accounts. He told viewers:
“The Beshear family, since the start of COVID-19, has been committed to setting an example. Of doing all those things that we’re asking Kentuckians to do. One of those is to answer the call. That’s when contact tracers call you because someone around you has tested positive. And ask you to do various things, including to quarantine. Well, yesterday, we got that call. One of those in my security detail got a positive test back late last night.”
The drama of the impeachment of the nation’s president, reports indicate, simply has not captured the interest or concern of the American audience. Apparently the melodrama of daytime soap operas attracts their attention more than the antics of a corrupt president and administration actively undermining the nation’s security for personal gain at the expense of the people’s interests.
Arguably, Trump’s corrupt behavior and incessant lying should concern the American people. He has misled the people about his support for healthcare policy that ensures coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, his refusal to cut medicare and social security, and hosts of other issues most Americans would tend to understand as “kitchen table” issues, those issues that directly impact their pocketbooks, livelihoods, and ability to take care of their families. It would seem that the corrupt behavior of a president everyday seeking to make American lives worse in the most basic ways would interest voters.
But there is no point arguing. I tried as much when I wrote a piece arguing in a similar vein, titled “Why the Mueller Report is the Kitchen Table Issue of all Kitchen Table Issues,” back when that report was released.
What IS worth highlighting in reporting, though, is the kind of corruption we see in the Trump administration in relation to issues that we actually know Americans care deeply about and which just doesn’t receive as much attention.
I’m talking about issues of public education and the ongoing corrupt behavior of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who continues to work against Americans’ abilities to attain affordable and quality public education. And she does so, like Trump, to line her own pockets.
The magnitude of the impeachment hearings and “trial,” dominating the attention of the American media, provided cover for DeVos’ own more mundane corruption.
Early last December,
DeVos proposed a plan
The county where Donald Trump held his rally ended up being a landslide rout for Andy Beshear over Matt Bevin in the Kentucky gubernatorial election.