Thursday, March 4, 2021

Biden Time: The Willing Suspension of Disbelief

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Peter Vandyke)

Coleridge famously coined the expression, “suspension of disbelief.” During the Trump presidency, each day’s new pronunciamento made it increasingly impossible to "suspend disbelief" since his executive orders disbanding the Paris environment accords, the Iran nuclear treaty and DACA were so incredible. Only a few weeks into the Biden presidency, it’s like reading a page turner, in specific a romance novel, in which the knight in shining armor (in this case an Irish one) arrives to free his people from the tyranny of an autocrat. Watching the news you may find yourself so willingly able to "suspend disbelief" that at times it’s boring. The news is suddenly so palpable and reasonable, it’s hard to get used to. Anthony Fauci, who seemed harassed all through the Trump years, appears more relaxed and confident now that he no longer needs to parry random attacks from The White House. During the Trump years, you may have secretly gotten a thrill from turning to CNN or MSNBC since it was like riding the Cyclone at Coney Island. Watching Trump siding with Putin over his own intelligence experts at a news conference was a truly paranormal event. These days, you don’t even need to "suspend disbelief," since Biden’s behavior in response to Covid and other matters is so happily believable from the start.

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