[Ed. – Dems will of course try to make the election about everything else, falling back on the standard playbook of lies about Trump.]
On Oct. 28, 1980, in the final debate of his race against Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan asked a question that has come to define presidential politics.
“Next Tuesday all of you will go to the polls, will stand there in the polling place and make a decision,” Reagan said. “I think when you make that decision, it might be well if you would ask yourself, are you better off than you were four years ago?”
The answer for most voters was no, and Reagan won the election with 489 electoral votes to Carter’s 49.
The question, or some close variation of it, has popped up many times since. …
It worked for Clinton, and it worked for Obama. Now, the question is whether it will work for Donald Trump.
The president’s Democratic 2020 challengers face a daunting problem: Unless there is a serious economic downturn, the answer to the are-you-better-off question will work in the president’s favor, not his opponent’s.