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Without even trying

Isn’t it amazing how some people can do the most difficult things and make it look so easy?  I hate people like that. 

You have to have enough knowledge about the difficulty of the feat to really appreciate it. Like watching Bryson DeChambeau accurately hit a golf ball 425 yards. He is one of only maybe three people on the planet that can do that and the other two live with a tribe in the Amazon jungle. Even golfing icon Tiger Woods is stunned by the power and control Bryson has developed.

Watching piano prodigal Lydian Nadhaswaram dazzle the keys is just magical. It is unnatural, but fascinating. At 15 he can play Beethoven perfectly but he can’t legally drive a car yet! Come on, man!

There are some accomplishments that are reserved for only a few human beings. 

Becoming President of the United States of America is one of those rare feats of magic. The tea leaves have to all line up perfectly. First, you have to be male, and you have to be popular. Ask Hillary Clinton about that. No matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t fool nature. 

Donald Trump was popular before he ran for office. He was a regular on the buffet circuit in New York and Hollywood. He has a knack for making life look easy, and he made his victory in 2016 look easy.

Joe Biden has made public service look easy, and I would argue, he made winning the Presidency (assuming he is inaugurated) look easy. After 40 years of cruising through six Senate reelections, and then sailing through eight years as Vice President, Biden won the highest office in the land without breaking a sweat. 

He previously attempted to become the Democratic Party Presidential nominee in 1988 and then again 2008. He must have learned some valuable lessons from those failed attempts, because this time he conducted a shadow of a campaign from his basement. He never barnstormed the country, he seldom conducted town halls or major media interviews. While his opponent made whirlwind appearances before huge crowds, up to 5 times a day, and fought back a COVID-19 infection during the heat of the campaign, Joe put a lid on his workday, sometimes as early as 10 a.m.

Biden was the first American Presidential candidate to compete in absentia. Remember Muhammad Ali’s catch phrase, “I float like a butterfly, and I sting like a bee!” Biden dropped the bee part and just floated like a butterfly. When Trump swung, Biden ducked. And ducked. In fact he ducked out on the whole process.

Has there ever been a major party candidate that did so little to sell himself to the voters? He essentially answered media inquiries about his plans for America by saying, “Just go to my website. It is all there!” He relied on media surrogates, and from his massive union and government supporters to spell out what a Biden Presidency would look like. 

Biden amassed well over ½ billion dollars in campaign funds, so his message was getting out even if he wasn’t the one delivering it. It helps to know you have the unions, academia, the House of Representatives and the Governors of California and New York leading your parade. And let’s not forget the cheerleaders at NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC all aligned like the offensive line of the New England Patriots to protect him from what on the surface looks like one of the ugliest political kickback scandals in American history.

Media talking heads have been telling him, “Joe, you are going to be the next President of the United States! Count on it, man!” I am not sure how they knew that, or that Joe really believed them. But damned if he didn’t get more than 13 million more votes than Barack Obama won in 2012. Now that is amazing! 

And he did it without even trying…

Rick Elkin is an artist, author and columnist. All of his work including his most recent book, “The Illusion of Knowledge: Why So Many Educated Americans Embrace Marxism” is available at

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