The Shadow of History
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The Victory Parade has undergone several notable developments since its inception. Initially held in 1945 as a customary workday in the USSR, it later gained significance with subsequent parades in 1965, 1985, and a reconstruction parade in 1990 showcasing wartime machinery. The commemoration of the 1995 anniversary revitalized the tradition and served as a strategic tool for the government to restore the fractured nation’s self-esteem. Since then, these parades have been regularly observed. In 2004, Boris Gryzlov’s homage at Stalin’s grave marked the resurgence of Stalinism, with Stalin symbolizing the magnificence and triumph of the USSR, thereby completing the thematic cycle of “victory—dictatorship—the grandeur of Russia.”
As authoritarianism solidified its authority, the scale of celebrations expanded. The presence of prominent world leaders, including the German chancellor, at the 2005 parade was a significant milestone. The 2008 parade featured displays of military equipment and aviation, hinting at their subsequent utilization in the conflict with Georgia. Concurrently, Putin’s speech at the Munich Security Conference revealed explicit threats towards the global community. The cult of victory has become a fundamental pillar of modern Russian identity, superseding the glorification of war and assuming paramount importance within the framework of the “Russian world.” Despite facing backlash for our coverage of Victory Day, we maintain our unwavering position. It is imperative to recognize that the triumph over Nazi Germany was accomplished by the Soviet Union, not Russia alone. We continue to assert our belief in Putin’s use of body doubles, evident by his proximity to other dictators during the event.
Moreover, the parade itself was marred by absurdity, exemplified by the presence of a solitary and outdated tank. Of notable significance is the deliberate omission by the Putin regime regarding the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. This non-aggression agreement between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany played a pivotal role in facilitating the partitioning of Eastern Europe by these two powers.
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ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos expressed skepticism about the recent ABC-Washington Post poll, citing inconsistencies in the survey. He questioned its accuracy, as it seemed to condemn Trump’s alleged illegal conduct while showing him leading Biden in a hypothetical 2024 election matchup. Stephanopoulos and Robert Kaiser, co-sponsor of the poll, raised concerns about the poll’s focus on creating media drama rather than providing an accurate measure of public opinion. Polls conducted far in advance have limited value, as circumstances can change significantly before the election. Historical examples show that presidents who faced poor poll numbers were able to recover and win. While Biden’s favorability rating of around 40 percent is not remarkable, it aligns with previous presidents’ ratings at this stage.
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However, exceptions like President H.W. Bush after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and President George W. Bush following 9/11 had lower ratings but still faced challenges. Different polls present varying results. Some suggest Trump would defeat Biden, while most major opinion polls indicate a slight lead for Biden. The methodology of the ABC-WaPo poll raises concerns. Its sample size of 1,006 adults is smaller compared to other polls, and it included all adults instead of focusing on registered voters. Additionally, the analysis of subgroups was limited. Furthermore, 25% of respondents were reached via landline, which tends to lean Republican and may introduce bias. This situation parallels the infamous error of the old Roper Poll, which incorrectly predicted Dewey’s victory over Truman, highlighting the risks of flawed polling. We highly recommend reading the TIME story titled “What the New Poll Favoring Trump Got Wrong and the Pundits Missed” by Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Steven Tian.
Jeffrey Sonnenfeld is a renowned professor at Yale School of Management, Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Studies, and founder of the Chief Executive Leadership Institute (CELI) at Yale University. He has advised numerous CEOs and political leaders, playing a crucial role in convening executive meetings after significant events like the 2020 U.S. presidential election and the 2021 Capitol attack. Sonnenfeld’s expertise extends to his involvement in encouraging companies to exit Russia during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine through the Yale CELI List of Companies. Steven Tian, the director of research at the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute and former investment analyst at Rockefeller Capital, is an integral part of Sonnenfeld’s team. With his extensive background in investment analysis and research, Steven Tian brings valuable insights to CELI.