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One thing that’s lost on the MSM about the Trump administration is that they’re great listeners. That’s the first thing that jumps out from Salena Zito’s interview of Vice President Mike Pence. In the article, Ms. Zito writes “The vice president began his daylong trip to various corners of Western Pennsylvania in Wilkinsburg, a predominantly black suburb of Pittsburgh, meeting with the African American pastors and community members at Covenant Church to listen to their experiences with racism and the hardships that have resulted from them.”

Shortly thereafter, she wrote “Pence said the first thing he heard again and again was that just public safety reforms won’t be enough.” Pence said “We have to continue to do what President Trump has done from the very beginning, and that is work to bring jobs, opportunity, educational excellence, school choice, and improved health outcomes to our inner-city communities, especially our African American community.”

The fact that the Vice President of the United States would spend an entire day listening to people in suburban black neighborhoods explodes the myth that the Trump-Pence team sees this as a base election. Clearly, African-Americans weren’t part of President Trump’s base in 2016. That doesn’t mean the Trump-Pence team won’t try to do much better with minorities this election.

“The second thing I heard was the role of faith and the role of the church in healing that which divides in this country,” he explained. “You can’t study the history of abolition in America without seeing the role of the church, the populous that thundered for freeing the slaves that literally made the moral case that led us to the Civil War that led us to ending slavery in this continent.”

This is totally spot-on. Christians are taught that everyone is created “in God’s own image.” The minute that people genuinely see others in that light, the equation changes. There’s now an incentive for being people of integrity. Things change when a person’s first thought is ‘What would Jesus do?’

Pence then departed a few miles down the road toward Sarver, where hundreds of people lined on both sides of the street waving flags and Trump signs as he made his way along North Pike Road for his last stop: an economic event at Oberg Industries.

The vice president was there as part of America First Policies’ “Great American Comeback Tour,” a nationwide policy series reflecting the trade agreement and the payroll tax cut of the Trump administration. He spoke for over half an hour to a crowd of around 100 employees and apprentices spaced 6 feet apart following a panel discussion on the reopening of the economy by local Republican congressmen Mike Kelly, Guy Reschenthaler, and Glenn “G.T.” Thompson.

Vice President Pence travels to Pennsylvania and “hundreds of people lined on both sides of the street waving flags and Trump signs. That’s a turnout that Joe Biden could only wish was possible for his campaign. It’s just more proof that the Trump-Pence campaign has enthusiastic supporters in this important battleground state. If Biden doesn’t win Pennsylvania, he’ll lose. It’s that simple.

Biden’s campaign took a cheap shot at the Pence visit, saying “It’s an insult to Pennsylvanians that Vice President Pence is using Pittsburgh as a prop on the cynically-named ‘Great American Comeback Tour’ — because had the Trump-Pence administration not bungled the response to the coronavirus pandemic so dramatically, there wouldn’t be a need for such an enormous comeback.”

When President Trump put in place the China travel ban, he stopped the spread of the virus from China. Biden’s response to that decision was to call President Trump a racist and accuse him of creating a hysteria. A Biden administration would’ve meant a lethargic response to the pandemic that likely would’ve cost tens of thousands more American lives. That’s the definition of bungling.

Perhaps, Joe Biden shouldn’t think that he’s got the Democrats’ base solidified. After reading this article, it’s clear that his base is split and likely unenthusiastic. By comparison, President Trump’s base is fired up and waiting instructions. Check this out:

Noting the eye-popping voter turnout, Graham credited Democrats for getting more votes than they did in the last cycle. However, Republican voters left no chance for defeat, with a turnout “more akin to, not quite a presidential year, but approaching gubernatorial their rivals at polls,” according to Graham. More than 17,000 votes were cast in the election in which all four council members were vying to protect their seats.

That’s in Virginia. If Biden loses Virginia but flips Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, Trump still wins. That’s a heads-I-win-tails-you-lose situation.

Mrs. Whitsett praised the president at the White House after she recovered from COVID-19 after taking hydroxychloroquine, a decades-old treatment for malaria and lupus that Mr. Trump has touted as a prophylactic or treatment for coronavirus.

Last week, Michigan Democrats censured her:

As a result of her White House appearance, a Michigan Democratic organization censured her. Last week, Mrs. Whitsett filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and several other Democrats, claiming violations of free speech and defamation.

Mrs. Whitsett’s praise for President Trump represents the Democrats’ worst nightmare. She’s African-American, urban and willing to challenge her party elders in a swing state. If that doesn’t represent the Democrats’ nightmare trifecta, what does? If the Democrats want a future, they need someone this articulate, this sensible:

Unfortunately, Rep. Whitsett isn’t considered leftist enough. She’d likely be called Republican lite or something similar to that.

In Pennsylvania, county Democratic leaders rose up to castigate the party’s highest-ranking politician, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California. They also slammed Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who led the impeachment effort against Mr. Trump. It is part of a “Democrats for Trump movement,” according to a Washington Post report, that is causing headaches for the party’s county and state leaders in the Keystone State.

I’ve been operating from the position that this election won’t be about right vs. left as much as it’ll be adults vs. children. Joe Biden has changed his positions more times than a chameleon changes colors. Why would blue collar Pennsylvania Democrats stick with Biden are he names AOC and Bernie Sanders to co-chair his climate change advisory panel? That’s like waving a red flag in front of a bull.

Justin Haskins’ article highlights Biden’s difficulties:

It’s a strategy that has been adopted by virtually every U.S. presidential candidate in modern history: During the primaries, candidates appeal to their base, but after capturing a party’s nomination, campaigns move to the political center to win over undecided voters.

But in this unconventional cycle, Joe Biden is being forced to throw conventional campaigning to the wind. Instead of positioning himself as a centrist, Biden is choosing to move further to the left than ever before to satisfy the demands of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and his radical base of dissatisfied progressives and “Bernie bro” socialists who hate the Democratic Party establishment almost as much as they do free-market capitalism.

Biden is frightened by the prospect of a Bernie Bro rebellion. This means that the Obama coalition is dead. I can’t imagine socialism appealing to affluent suburban voters.

Further, it’s impossible for me to think that the Green New Deal will appeal to Blue Collar America. That’s like a pale of cold water on a hot fire. While it might not put the fire out, it’ll stop it from burning hot. This isn’t the way to unite Democrats. It’s a way to split it in two for a generation.

That’s a Democrat dilemma.