Joe Biden Now Advocating for 'Virtual' 2020 DNC

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Joe Biden, whose campaign previously encouraged Americans to go out and vote in droves in the middle of a pandemic, is now advocating for a “virtual” 2020 Democratic National Convention.

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Biden, who finally seems to have figured out how to use Zoom, floated the idea on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “Well, we’re going to have to do a convention. We may have to do a virtual convention,” he told host George Stephanopoulos. “ I think we should be thinking about that right now.”

The convention, which is supposed to take place in Milwaukee this summer , was originally scheduled for July but moved back to August amid the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic’s arrival in the United States. But experts expect the pandemic to continue through the summer—and possibly for, uh, the next two years—and even if officials relax some social distance measures in a few months, it hardly seems wise to cram thousands of people into a convention center. The 2016 DNC in Philadelphia, for instance, drew about 50,000 people. By August, we’ll be lucky if a couple restaurants reopen.

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The Republican National Convention is scheduled for the end of August, in North Carolina. Trump seems to be looking forward to it. Best of luck.

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DISCUSSION

Institutions are, by design, slow to react to change. This is the primary reason why the US got stuck with the current sociopath in charge of the country; first the Republican Party, then the media, and finally the Democratic Party all were defeated by an insistence on playing by the rules instead of realizing, soon enough, that the normal rules were out. The DNC is still stuck on thinking that the normal rules apply: that somehow they don’t have to change things in spite of a global pandemic. The change to an August Milwaukee convention happened three days ago. Give it another week or two before it shifts to a virtual/remote one.