This…isn’t about ideology; it’s about competence. It’s not about meaningless labels; it’s about American values—old-fashioned values like accountability and responsibility and respect for the truth.
— Michael Dukakis, 1988
Specificity is the character issue.
— George Stephanopoulos, 1992
This is not a time to lessen our efforts. If we let our guard down now, we could see the virus getting worse, not better….The war against COVID-19 is far from won. This is deadly serious.
— Joe Biden, Monday
1. The Biden administration continues its remarkable job fighting the pandemic, doing exactly what it said it would during the campaign. Team Biden is executing a plan based on science; federal-state cooperation; clear, consistent, creative, and robust public messaging; efficient vaccine distribution; massive allocation of resources; and nimble learning from what works and what doesn’t.
2. So far, this is a triumph of fulfilling a campaign pledge, the hard work of many in the administration, and a relentless focus on the most important rule in government (and the second most important rule in life): the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
3. While many other balls are being kept in the air with Congress, the press, and the public, what the first two months+ of the Biden-Harris administration has been about is grappling with the numerous public policy and public health challenges of the pandemic. That part of governance has been the sprinting part; everything else is the gum chewing part.
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