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Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton Generate Very Different Emotional Responses from Republicans

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I enjoyed Jonah’s piece on the home page detailing the differences between Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton. This paragraph deserves further amplification and explanation:

But while Trump’s attacks on Clinton were surely effective at times, Trump was aided enormously by the fact that Americans, particularly Republican and Republican-friendly ones, were skeptical or outright hostile to her already, thanks to decades of experience with, and criticism of, her. Trump didn’t define Clinton as much as she did.

Jonah then notes that Biden occupies a different psychological space than Hillary does. This is so very true. One of the things that many political writers learned (or should have learned) in 2016 is that we needed to get our heads out of the charts and graphs and experience the actual world around us. That’s what Salena Zito has long done, for example, and she was one of the first journalists to describe the populist discontent and potential disruption bubbling in the Midwest. And she did it by talking to people and hearing their stories.

As many readers know, I live in Trump........

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