Gotta hand it to Sasse. The man knows how to troll.
Do you think that [partisan] infighting creates a situation in which everyday Americans write off all politicians as cheaters and liars? It might explain how Donald Trump won, because it didn’t make any difference to anybody that he seemed immoral — they thought of him as no worse than every other politician.
I would argue pretty vociferously that it’s also because of who his opponent was. If Joe Biden would have run against Donald Trump, Biden would have won in a landslide.
“Landslide” is a strong word. But would Biden, a Scranton native, have done better in Pennsylvania than Hillary Clinton? Very probably, yeah. Would he, as a salt of the earth middle-class guy, have been more competitive in the Rust Belt than the cosmopolitan, filthy-rich dynastic Clintons? Seems likely. Would his short scandal rap sheet have compared favorably to Hillary’s cargo-hold of political baggage, at a minimum averting any last-minute communiques from James Comey? Obviously.