'Do Americans want government or freedom?' is the question pointing to November
With the House passage of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's $3 trillion Heroes Act, COVID-19 policy has now officially transformed into presidential politics 2020.
Let's recall that prior to the crisis, the nation appeared quite pleased with the leadership that President Donald Trump was providing.
The economy was growing at a brisk pace, with job creation robust and unemployment rates at historic lows.
In February, Gallup's monthly measure of national satisfaction hit 45%, the highest since 2004. During former President Barack Obama's eight years, it hovered between 20% and 30%.
Then the coronavirus hit.
The national satisfaction index dropped to 30%. The latest for May creeped up to 32%.
Coronavirus politics really has telescoped the core debate that was going on in the country before it.
Are we a nation driven by government or by people?
The theme of President Trump's 2016 campaign was draining the Washington swamp and returning America to its citizens, and he had been governing -- tax cuts, deregulation -- true to this theme, with great results.
COVID-19 has taken things in the opposite direction.