Joe Biden and the Democratic Party won in 2020 by campaigning on two main issues: Donald Trump’s personality and his administration’s handling of Covid-19. Today, Democrats are doubling down on that strategy. They realize that the specter of the former president will be more effective than any policy at turning out Democratic voters in next year’s midterm elections.
“Virginia voters might well think Donald Trump is on the ballot,” said journalist Susan Page while moderating a gubernatorial debate between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin on Sept. 16. Her question to Mr. McAuliffe: “Why have so many of your paid ads and your rhetoric mentioned Trump in an election focused on the people of Virginia and an election that presumably should be focused on your own proposals for what you would do as governor?”