A Trump-Biden Rematch Is the Election We Need 我們需要川拜再戰大選
Joe Biden versus Donald Trump is not the choice America wants. But it is the choice we need to face.
Yes, both men are unpopular, remarkably so. Only one-third of Americans view President Joe Biden favorably, and two-thirds of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters want to nominate someone else for the presidency (no one in particular, just someone else, please). Trump is the overwhelming favorite to become the Republican nominee for the third consecutive time, but his overall approval rating is lower than Biden's. And while 60% of voters don't want to put Trump back in the White House, 65% don't want to hand Biden a second term, either. The one thing on which Americans seem to agree is that we find a Biden-Trump 2024 rematch entirely disagreeable.
This disdain may reflect the standard gripes about the candidates. (One is too old, the other too Trump.) But it also may signal an underlying reluctance to acknowledge the meaning of their standoff and the inescapability of our decision. A contest between Biden and Trump would compel Americans to either reaffirm or discard basic democratic and governing principles. More so than any other pairing, Biden versus Trump forces us to decide, or at least to clarify, who we think we are and what we strive to be.
Oddly, even as the electorate seems to want little to do with either of these two candidates — let alone with both at the same time — Biden and Trump seem to need each other. Biden's case for saving American democracy loses some urgency if Trump is not in the race.
Like so many others, I also wish we could avoid that choice or at least defer it. As journalist Amy Walter has put it, "Swing voters would rather eat a bowl of glass than have to choose between Trump and Biden again." Well, it may be time to grab a spoon and unroll the gauze. When half the country believes democracy isn't working well, when calls for political violence have become commonplace, when the speaker of the House is an election denier, it is time to face what we risk becoming and to accept or reject it. We have no choice but to choose.
He didn't ask the firm's spokesperson to draft it; he channeled his grief into a companywide email and hit send, just as he was moved to do after the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the killing of George Floyd. But as an American business leader condemning Hamas' attacks, he said, he felt surprisingly lonely.
"I was disappointed that fewer leaders than I anticipated spoke out emphatically, clearly and with moral clarity on this issue," Karp said. "If you asked any of these leaders whether they were horrified by the slaughter of innocent civilians by Hamas, they would tell you privately that they were horrified."
Company executives have, over the past month, faced a dilemma that they're by now well practiced in confronting: whether to engage with a large humanitarian or social issue — in this case, the war between Israel and Hamas. This time, many say, responding — with a public statement, internal discussion, a donation or even social media parameters for staff members — presents complexities that they have not experienced when wading into other recent social crises.
"If you release a statement about the damage of a hurricane, there's nobody who will say, 'Actually, that area of the country deserved a hurricane,'" said Iliya Rybchin, a partner at the consultancy Elixirr, who has advised dozens of Fortune 500 CEOs.
More than 200 U.S. businesses have issued statements condemning the Hamas attacks in Israel that killed roughly 1,400 people, according to a tracker from Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, a professor at the Yale School of Management. Some business leaders made donations to humanitarian organizations and pointed their employees to company-sponsored mental health resources. A smaller number said they also communicated to their staff about the rising death toll of civilians in the Gaza Strip.
"No company does business in Gaza — as opposed to, say, in Russia, where there are 1,500 major companies doing business," he said, comparing this war with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. "It's zero in Gaza."