Charisma, Coattails, and the Coronavirus
The coronavirus has exposed Trump for the incompetent fraud that he is.
The Biden sweep of the primaries in Arizona, Florida, and Illinois has all but assured the former Vice President of the Democratic nomination. He now has a virtually insurmountable 300 delegate lead over Bernie Sanders.
The contest for the right to face Trump in the fall is all but over….
Bernie and his supporters must own up to Democratic Party unity or risk giving Trump another term.
There is no option here. Trump must be defeated, PERIOD!
In addition to defeating Trump, it is equally as important that the Democrats gain control of the Senate. It is imperative that Mitch McConnell be deposed as Senate Majority leader…
While it might be argued that Biden lacks Bernie’s charismatic appeal to the progressive wing of the party, it would seem that Biden has longer and stronger coattails.
The onset of the coronavirus pandemic has sealed Trump’s fate and consigned him to a single term.
See “Trump Presidency Over” “https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/peter-wehner-trump-presidency-over/607969/
Just as with the financial crash that helped Obama defeat McCain, the coronavirus has exposed Trump’s incompetence beyond his capacity to hide or whitewash his glaring deficiencies.
The coming election should be a Democratic slamdunk and landslide.
But, we’ve already seen that movie…
1: a personal magic of leadership arousing special popular loyalty or enthusiasm for a public figure (such as a political leader) His success was largely due to his charisma.
2: a special magnetic charm or appeal the charisma of a popular actor
“Weber indicates that it is followers who attribute the individual with powers, emphasizing that “the recognition on the part of those subject to authority” is decisive for the validity of charisma.
Weber introduced the personality charisma sense when he applied charisma to designate a form of authority. To explain charismatic authority he developed his classic definition:
Charisma is a certain quality of an individual personality by virtue of which he is set apart from ordinary men and treated as endowed with supernatural, superhuman, or at least specifically exceptional powers or qualities. These as such are not accessible to the ordinary person, but are regarded as of divine origin or as exemplary, and on the basis of them the individual concerned is treated as a leader…
Sociologist Paul Joosse examined Weber’s famous definition, and found that:
Through simple yet profoundly consequential phrases such as “are considered” and “is treated,” charisma becomes a relational, attributable, and at last a properly sociological concept….
For Weber, the locus of power is in the led, who actively (if perhaps unconsciously) invest their leaders with social authority.”
“The coattail effect or down-ballot effect is the tendency for a popular political party leader to attract votes for other candidates of the same party in an election. For example, in the United States, the party of a victorious presidential candidate will often win many seats in Congress as well; these Members of Congress are voted into office “on the coattails” of the president.”
So, here’s the question:
Does Biden have sufficient ‘charisma’ to produce a Democratic ‘landslide’ victory in November?