Opinion We don't need a Biden campaign, we need a shadow president to fill Trump's leadership void

12:20  03 june  2020
12:20  03 june  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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While President Donald Trump is having Twitter feuds, a pandemic is raging, the economy is collapsing and American cities are burning. We need presidential leadership, not just in the political sense, but in the moral sense. And we can’t wait until January to get it.

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There has been a lot of discussion about how presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden should go about campaigning in this extraordinary time in American history, and the answer is that he shouldn’t. We don’t need a presidential campaign, we need a president. And the man currently sitting in the Oval Office just isn’t up to the job.

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In times of crisis, running the government is only part of the president’s duties. The president speaks for the nation — and to the nation — setting the tone and calling us to action. Whatever you think of George W. Bush’s policies, his finest presidential hour was standing up for Muslims after the 9/11 attacks. In that moment, he channeled what is best in us and called us to rise above the fear and the hatred and live up to America’s promise. I don’t think any of us can imagine President Trump doing something like that, now or ever.

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Biden can be a moral leader now

But that is exactly what America needs. Tens of millions of Americans are out of work. There’s a culture war brewing over the coronavirus pandemic and it’s a war that could literally kill tens of thousands of Americans.

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Mr. Biden is giving effective control of the campaign to Anita Dunn, a veteran Democratic operative and top adviser to him. “She will be working closely Her new leadership role, which came with Mr. Biden ’ s blessing, signals that the campaign recognizes a need to make changes. But it’ s not clear

Fear and anger rage in the streets of America’s cities over the police killing of George Floyd. President Trump isn’t just AWOL, that would be bad enough. Instead, he’s pouring gasoline on the fire, mocking people for wearing masks and taunting Floyd protesters by threatening them with “ominous weapons” and “vicious dogs.” The very last shreds of Trump’s moral authority vanished in clouds of tear gas outside St. John’s Episcopal church, used to disperse peaceful protesters because the president wanted a photo op featuring a church and a Bible.

And there is something that Biden can do about all this. The British have an informal system of “shadow government.” The idea is that parties in opposition appoint “shadow minsters” that correspond to the actual government ministries. These shadow ministers are responsible both for critiquing government policy and advocating for their own party’s policies in their area of competence.

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There’s no reason that Joe Biden can’t do something similar. Short of appointing a shadow presidential cabinet, he can turn his vice presidential interviews into internships. Send Sen. Kamala Harris to hold a town hall in Minneapolis on behalf of the campaign. Send Rep. Val Demings to Atlanta and Louisville. Make Sen. Amy Klobuchar the coronavirus spokeswoman. Deputize the people you are considering as your vice president and send them out to speak on your behalf. Because that’s what a President Biden would be doing. This is not campaigning, nor should it be. This is giving America a taste of what a Biden administration might be like.

We can't wait months to start healing

Of course, Biden should be speaking out himself, not just to campaign against Trump, but to call up what President Abraham Lincoln termed “the better angels of our nature.” He made an excellent start Tuesday in Philadelphia, reminding America that “the best way to bear loss and pain is to turn all that anger and anguish to purpose.” That is exactly the kind of empathy and leadership that this moment in history requires.

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Regardless of what happens in November, having Biden assume the moral leadership that President Trump has abandoned will do immense good right now. Biden has made healing a centerpiece of his campaign but there is no reason to wait until January to begin the process. In fact, it’s a really bad idea because, the way we are going, the patient may be too far gone by then.

That giant sucking sound you hear is the moral vacuum where the presidency used to be. If you are Joe Biden, it is tempting to stay on the sidelines and let Trump wallow in the mess he has created. It might even be politically wise. But it is bad for the country and the vacuum must be filled. Begin as you intend to continue, Mr. Vice President. Be the president that Donald Trump will not and politics be damned.

Republican Chris Truax, an appellate lawyer in San Diego, is CEO of CertifiedVoter.com and a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors.

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