Anita Dunn on Biden: “Covid is the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Him”
2020 was one of the worst things to happen to the country in a while, but really good for Biden and the Democrats. In part because they helped orchestrate it. And Biden may end up being one of the worst things to happen to the country too. So it's only fair to give credit where credit is due.
COVID-19 was the best thing that could have happened to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, according to one of his closest advisers...
The details are contained in Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. It is the first major book on the 2020 election and is due to be published on March 2.
It describes how Dunn said, “COVID is the best thing that ever happened to him,” in comments the authors suggested “campaign officials believed but would never say in public.”
Obviously. Never let a crisis go to waste.
You may remember Dunn as one of Obama's leading advisers, tried to help out Harvey Weinstein, before joining Team Biden. Saying something like that is entirely on brand for Dunn.
And it's on brand for Biden whose people aren't bothering to pretend that he represents some sort of populist wave (absurd) or a national consensus (even more so). Without the coronavirus and the lockdowns, and the resulting devastation, Biden would have been another McCain, Dole, or Kerry, a party elder statesman being tossed into a meat grinder election with little expectation that he would win. You might as well just call him the viral candidate.