To the Editor:
I agree with Dr. Scaros that they (Trump and Biden, and all presidents for that matter) have egos and that they love power and attention and that they behave imperfectly at times to advance their own personal interests (“We Should All Give Pres. Biden Credit When it’s Due,” TNH, Feb. 25). Remember, of recent, Nixon? But I also agree, to the extent that Dr. Scaros does not imply, that Trump pushed the envelope beyond lines of norm and decency, if not illegality. Americans, looking for a sense of centrality and stability (be it on the left or right), voted for Biden, an establishment and lackluster politician, into the presidency because they became appalled over Trump’s erratic, berating and vulgar behavior, so unfitting for the head of government and head of state. The Trump pendulum was too extreme and polarizing. Even Trump loyalists found it arduous to support Trump’s “alternative” facts with a straight face. It became a cartoon.
As to voting in 2022 and 2024, if Scaros prefers a centrist country, it is neither Ted Cruz nor AOC, as they will further the social-economic imbalances and vitriolically divide this scarred nation. Mitt Romney, for instance, a formidable Republican (like Mike Bloomberg was as a Democratic candidate), is too smart, well-grounded and rational for the far or fanatical right to espouse (which I surmise is why he was not Scaros’ pick to call the shots).
Students of history and political science “understand how [Scaros] can give Biden a C Minus one week and credit him the next: politics is complicated, it’s not a cartoon.” Once it becomes a cartoon, like Trump, you’re out.
Michael Manoussos, Esq.
Kew Gardens, NY