But in my neighborhood, where most of the people I see on the streets have been vaccinated for a long time, a lot of people wear masks even when they’re just walking around. It’s more convenient if you get in and out of stores or public transport, but I like to think that they also want to remind the world that we are still battling a pandemic, which is easier if everyone is working together. .
Bret: There are people, especially the immunocompromised, who have a strong medical or emotional need to take great precautions, including masks, and I totally respect them. The executioners and the signalers of virtue, not so much.
Gaëlle: On another presidential file, I noticed your last column was somewhat, uh… negative about the Biden presidency. Do you really think things are going so badly?
Bret: In retrospect, the headline, “Another Failed Presidency Within Reach,” likely pushed the argument a little deeper than the column itself. It is too early to say that the Biden presidency has failed. But people who wish the president success – and that includes me – need to understand how politically troubled he is. It’s not just about the Afghan debacle, or worrying inflation, or his predictions that the pandemic would end when the virus had other ideas. I think he misinterpreted his political tenure, which was to be a moderate, unifying leader in the mold of George Bush Sr., not a transformational in the mold of Lyndon Johnson. And he’s trying to do it thanks to Kamala Harris’ decisive vote in the Senate. I think this is a recipe for more social division and political failure.
Gaëlle: As reviews go on, this is definitely a negative point.
Bret: None of this is to congratulate the not-so-loyal opposition party. But they are the ones who stand to gain the most from a weak Biden presidency.
Gaëlle: From my point of view, we have a president who needs to make the country feel that it is not trapped forever in an unhealthy, unhappy and globally depressed state. I buy in the big change, which requires more than a gentle hand behind the wheel. But back to your review of Biden. You said you voted for him the last time, but now he’s turned out to be “stubborn”, “unstable” and “inept”. What if Donald Trump ran against him?
Bret: One of the reasons I’m so appalled at Biden’s performance is that it’s going to tempt Trump to run again. In that case, I will vote for whoever is most likely to beat Trump. Hell, I would probably even vote for Bernie. I would rather have a president who is a danger to the economy and national security than one who is a danger to democracy and national sanity.